When training a horse, there is always a gap between the theoretical and the practical and this can be very frustraing . My advice for this is pretty much always that more time is needed. I can't overstate the beautiful simplicity of the first Ritual as a preparation for the rest. So, today's blog post features a question by one of my loyal readers Norman, who writes:
I have been having trouble with the Rituals. My horses just aren't reacting as I expected. During the first Ritual, my pony won't come up to me again after I move the chair away. I can't sneak up on any of them for the third Ritual. They always seem to be aware of everything around them. Should I chase them anyway? They never stop when I stop during the fourth Ritual. I don't know how long I should keep walking after them. I don't want them to resent me because I'm doing it wrong. Your Method is exactly what we need, it's just frustrating that I can't do it right.