spring soon to arrive, it may be a good time to make an assessment on
where you are with your horse’s training. Many times we just
continue on our merry way out of habit with our horse. But can we
improve? What specifically could we be working on to better our
equine partnership? How can we develop better confidence in our
self and in our horse? An assessment might get us closer to those
So what exactly is an assessment? Maybe
you might want to take a look at your interaction with your horse, both
on the ground and riding, and determine strong points as well as areas
for improvement that would help you to progress toward your
goals. Doing an assessment ourselves is a start, but if we enlist
the help of an independent knowledgeable person the assessment would be
more objective. Once the areas of focus are determined, a
specific plan could be developed. The plan should contain
specific strategies and methods for working toward your goals.
Having a goal and a plan to get there can revitalize your riding.
example, if your goal is to become more confident on the trail, you
might consider obstacle-training lessons. Having step-by-step
instruction to gain individual success can make all the difference for
confidence building blocks and developing your communication skills
with your horse. You wouldn’t send your kindergartener to
college, so why would we expect our horse to behave like a college grad
when we may not have given him that level of education yet?
Whatever your goal, an assessment might well prove an invaluable
resource to understand where you are, where you want to go, and how to
get there. If you want to enjoy riding more, find a way to grow
and develop a better relationship with your horse. Take the steps
you need to learn more, enjoy more, and live more!
Dove Farm provides training Mounted Police Style to the general
equestrian public. We encourage partnership, communication, and
exceptional trust. We are National Mounted Police and Toronto Police
Services Certified; as well as have multiple international Police
Equestrian Championships and NYS Police Equestrian Games Gold Medals.
Contact Joann Long at JKLong@rochester.rr.com or 585-738-7477 for
training opportunities. Let us know if we can be of service to you or
Happy and safe travels!
Joann K Long
Wheeler Station Rd.
Phone: (585) 738-7477
Bloomfield, NY 14469