Principle #2 – Planning and Preparation

I was raised by the saying, “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This is true of horses, most especially when they are young. Before starting the day’s training, have everything ready and be honest with yourself about if you can tackle the task at hand without an assistant.

Remember – Prior and Proper Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance!

Principle #1 – Time

I am starting a series on 10 Principles for Youngsters. This was inspired by Richard Maxwell’s book Train Your Young Horse.

Principle #1 – Time

When it comes to young horses (up to age three), time is the most crucial principle. It takes every lesson longer to sink in. You should also remember this in regards to yourself; don’t plan to work with your young horse when you have a lot else going on that day. You will physically and mentally be too tired.

Pat Parelli says, “Takes the time it takes so it takes less time.” Time is one of his seven keys to success.