I love creating horses that are broke, supple, and love their jobs. My horses are supple and responsive in face, neck, shoulder, ribs, and hip before going to the barrel pattern. I don't believe in intimidation or force; rather, in making the right thing easy, and the wrong thing hard. Therefore, a horse will decide he/she "likes" to do it the "easy" (correct) way. I will never discipline a horse for an honest mistake, as long as he/she is trying--rather, continue to show the horse the correct way.... (read more) This creates confidence and "try."
I train at the horse's pace--fast enough that they are challenged, but only at the rate where they understand what's happening and how they should be doing it on their own. In an event separated by hundredths of a second, horses need to understand and enjoy their job, and be able to do as much of it on their own as possible while still listening to the rider. My final goal is a happy horse that makes efficient turns and is able to run with as little assistance as possible, while still listening to the rider.