Lack Of Knowledge
One of the most common horse training problems is lack of knowledge. If you are struggling, then seek help! Read a book, watch some Youtube videos, get some DVDs from your favorite trainer. Better yet, take some lessons from someone more experienced than you. Even professional trainers will go to other trainers for help. The more tools in your training tool box, the better! Click the link below to see our helpful videos on our Youtube channel.
Lack of Consistency
Once you have the knowledge, you need to be on a schedule to benefit from it. Horses like consistency, so try and work your horse a similar amount of days every week. You can’t expect them to learn new training from one session every few weeks. The best horses are well trained because their training was consistent, sometimes 7 days a week!
Lack of Time
If time is not on your side, and you can’t get out several days a week, try working your horse on consecutive days. The lesson will stick better in their mind. However, you truly can’t improve a horse if you don’t have the time to work them on a regular basis. So the other option is to send them to someone else to train. This works well if you lack time, consistency and/or knowledge!
Lack Of Facilities
You don’t need a fancy place to train your horse but you do need a safe space. The easiest option to set up is a round pen or a large square pen. These use the least amount of flat space, can be fenced fairly inexpensively and you can just start on the natural dirt, as long as it isn’t too rocky.
You can also use a longe line to teach your horse a ton about manners, cues, and provide exercise. When you need an arena, and you don’t have one at your current location, you can haul out to a public arena or ask fellow horse friends if there is one nearby you can use. If your pastures are safe there is no reason you can’t ride and do groundwork there.