Journey To Connection Video Series

Jay invites you to join him a journey – the journey that will connect you with your horse. He explains the need to understand how horses think, what makes them do the things they do, and what makes them react the way they do: these understandings will help you to form a bond and partnership with your horse.

A Horse Training Video: Introduction

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The Round Pen

The journey begins with Jay outside the round pen and with an unbroken 3-year-old filly inside. Jay explains how the round pen is the ideal venue to communicate, show leadership and form a connection with your horse. Jay demonstrates when and how to first enter the round pen. Then, as Jay starts to establish himself as the “dominant horse of the herd”, he begins the steps to cause and control movement. Using a combination of verbal cues and body movement, Jay continues working with the horse to reinforce the movement, change the filly’s direction, and control her speed.

In the Round Pen

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Understanding a Horse

Jay maintains his leadership and respect and increasingly becomes the focus of the horse’s attention. No longer wishing to drive the horse away, he becomes a comfort zone for the horse – a place that she wants to be. Once the filly knows that it is more comfortable to stay than it is to go, Jay is well on his way to forming the all important connection. With the horse now more relaxed, Jay then demonstrates how to approach the horse for the first time, how to touch for the first time, how to take the pressure off the horse, and ultimately, approach the horse without it leaving.

Understanding a Horse

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Introducing the Lariat

Jay begins desensitizing the horse to the lariat – the very thing he used to add pressure to the horse. He approaches her with the lariat, allowing her to sniff it. Jay proceeds slowly and gradually and, whenever necessary, he backs away to take the pressure off. He examines the filly to determine if she is overly sensitive anywhere. By working under the umbrella of emotional control the horse is allowed to think. Jay gradually increases the exposure level. Jay explains that it is all about trust. He reminds us that the horse could run off at any moment and that there is no rope holding her to him: it is only the connection between Jay and the horse. This section concludes with Jay applying gradual pressure to the horse’s head in preparation for the introduction of the bridle.

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The Connection

Jay introduces the second section of his Journey to Connection horse video by showing how deep his connection is with his horse, Nugget and explaining how he will build on the connection he has made with the 3 year old Arabian Filly as he introduces the halter, the saddle pad, and the saddle, before taking his first ride.

The Connection

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Halter Work

Jay continues to develop confidence and trust in his horse as he seeks control of her feet. Using his lead rope, he demonstrates how to pick up each foot and, in doing so, increases the horse’s familiarity and comfort-level with the rope. Jay emphasizes the gradual nature of these exercises, never hurrying and always giving the horse the time she needs. Jay continues this section as he uses the rope to simulate the feeling of the cinch. He then teaches the horse to follow a feel to turn left and then right. As always, Jay uses patience and a gentle touch.

Halter Work

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Respecting Your Personal Space

Jay demonstrates how he maintains his personal space. He establishes respect for that all-important space by causing lateral movement away from him whenever the horse gets to close. Jay uses a whip as an extension of his arm as he gently maintains his space while working closely with the horse to disengage the hindquarters and control the horse’s movement. He reminds us that a horse’s logic is repetition and that repetition forms a habit that we call training.

Respecting Your Personal Space

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How to Saddle a Horse

Jay begins the introduction with the saddle pad, gradually unfolding it to its full size, and allowing the horse to sniff it before placing it on her. Next, the saddle is placed in the center of the pen and, again, the horse can sniff and investigate the new object. The saddle is then placed on the horse and the cinch and latigo strap are eventually tied.

How to Saddle a Horse

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Introducing Rope Work

Jay uses the lariat to desensitize the horse to movement coming in from the side. This is done slowly without over exposing the horse. The rope is then used to cause movement of the head; again this is a gentle introduction.

Introducing Rope Work

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Fencework

So far, Jay’s training has been done from the ground level so, in preparation for the first ride, Jay gets the horse to side pass up to the fence so that she can see Jay from a different perspective, or a different level. Without ever giving up support of the fence, Jay works with the horse and then, gradually adds weight by leaning on the saddle.

Fencework

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The First Ride

Before the first ride Jay ensures that the horse is standing balanced and square. He gradually eases himself onto the horse, first with one foot in the stirrup on the left, then again with one foot in the other stirrup on the right. Only when Jay feels the horse is already to accept a rider, does he swing his leg and sit in the saddle to begin this first ride.

The First Ride

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Conclusion

Jay concludes his program by highlighting that it works for any breed of horse, whether Arabian, Quarter horse, Thoroughbred, or Hunter. Communication is the seed and its confidence and trust that grow. It is a learning process that continues for life.

Video: Conclusion

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