About this course!
This course is about the fundamentals of riding. The first steps, so to speak. Each video is designed to show you what you need to do, why it's important and how to do it. You can watch and re-watch each video until you feel you understand the details we want you to practice.
Each video takes a progressive step forward in the "Learning Ladder." The step by step sequence of the videos are particularly important. Practice in sequence to get the best results.
Ultimately, with practice, you should be able to perform the details described at the beginning of each video.
Interacting with horses at any level is dangerous! The Mastery Horsemanship programs, companies or affiliates take no responsibility for injury of any kind, due to your interaction with horse using the methods described or not described in this online course.
Be careful! Don't do anything you feel could be dangerous! Don't put yourself or your horse in harms way! Don't practice techniques that you feel could be unsafe! Don't use tools that you feel could be unsafe! Don't do what the instructions say if you feel they could be unsafe! Instead, use your best judgement and follow your principles instead of techniques to get your best results!
Special Note about techniques:
There are dozens of different techniques to do any one simple task. The ones you will see and practice in this program may be different from what you have been taught previously. That doesn't mean you're previous training is wrong. The reason we use the specific techniques demonstrated in the videos, is because they are time tested techniques and used by the best trainers in the world. There is no rule that says you can't make some variation of these techniques. You most certainly can be creative. Pay close attention to principles instead of techniques and you will be successful!
Also...There are no requirements for which tools you choose to use. At this level we recommend using a saddle you're familiar with, a bridle or halter for control and we also recommend wearing a helmet, riding boots and clothing that won't hang up in the saddle or gear. Practice the skills you learn in a safe environment, such as a well fenced area with soft footing.
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Lesson 1: Pre-Ride
In this video you will learn what to do before you ride and how to know if it's safe to ride. Using the basic skills you learned from "Core Ground Training", you'll be able to help your horse become more ride-able.
Lesson 2: Stand Still for Mounting
In this video, you'll learn the value of standing still for mounting. You'll begin practicing the task of teaching your horse to remain calm as you climb on. This calm, non-reactive horse is the only kind of horse that can safely advance to the next steps.
Lesson 3: Lateral Flexion (moving the head, independent of the feet)
In this video you'll learn about the first actual riding skill all horses need to learn. By practicing lateral flexion as you see in the video you'll be preparing your horse to be more flexible, both physically and emotionally. You'll be learning about how to use your hands to control your horse while riding.
Lesson 4: Hind Quarter Yields (Move the hind feet, independent of the front)
Hind quarter control could save your life in an emergency. By practicing this maneuver, you'll be able to begin preparation for group riding, emergency turns, and more. It all leads to higher levels. Learn how to control the hind feet independent of the front feet in this video.
Lesson 5: Fore Quarter Yields (Move the front feet, independent of the back feet)
Learn about independently moving the front feet. This is a challenge in this early level. It may be the most challenging part of the entire early program, but it builds to wonderful skills later on. Practice what you see and don't be afraid to reach out for extra support if you get stuck!
Lesson 6: Walking Exercises
Once you have control of the horses body parts, it's time to put everything into motion. In this lesson you'll learn about walking, turning, stopping, and backing up. Mirror what you see in the first part of the video and look to the rest of the video for extra support and common pitfalls.