How to be an Equestrian in 7 days

EquestrianHumans have been riding and training horses for over 5,500 years.

During that time, our relationship with these animals has grown, and we’ve built an equestrian culture of folks who love to work with and ride horses.

If you’ve been riding for several years, you may be thinking about taking the next step and begin to train horses. We’ve put together a quick guide to help you become a better equestrian trainer in seven days.

Things to Consider

Your Experience Level

How long have you been riding? How passionate are you about being an equestrian? Be honest with yourself about your skill level.

Having several years of experience helps you to understand the correct responses you are looking for from the horse and their basic reactions and movements.

The Horse’s Current Training Level, Temperament, and View of People

Starting with a wild mustang who has never been handled is not a great idea. Is the horse curious and friendly?

Pick a horse that matches your current ability level. This ensures a good experience for both you and your horse.

Training Methods

Whether it’s Richard Shrake’s method, the Clicker Method, or a more traditional training method, it’s important to research and pick the one that works best for you.

Getting Started

Set some achievable goals for yourself for the week and write them down. We recommend starting with groundwork as the best way to start building trust with your horse:


Using a halter and a rope, practice leading the horse around the ring using both the lead and partner positions.

A lead position means you walk in front of the horse while a partner position means you walk at the shoulder of the horse.

Start with the lead position before you practice leading in the partner position from both sides.

This practice teaches the horse to respect your personal space.


Touching the horse, by both stroking and grooming, will build trust between you and your animal.


Heeding is a series of communication skills we can teach the horse through both direct and indirect pressure.

There are five basic yielding exercises that we review in our groundwork basics article which you can practice with your horse.

Circle Work

Circle work teaches your horse basic movements, like changing speed and direction, using body language. Gaining skill in circle work can help prepare you and your horse for more advanced movements.

Keys to Equestrian Success

There are three keys to success to keep in mind as you build your relationship with your horse and become a better equestrian:

  1. Build trust. Do this by providing a safe training environment and maintaining a positive and supportive attitude.
  2. Be repetitive. It can take a horse more than sixty times to learn a lesson.
  3. Maintain consistent rules. The more consistent you are the easier it will be for your horse to understand what you are trying to teach him.

If you’ve mastered groundwork and want to learn more about horse training, please contact us for more information.

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