Raffles is already enjoying the backing process - it feels more like a game!
In the first lesson we set up a ‘safe zone’ in the arena using cones set out on a triangle. Now we’re ready to start introducing our rider. You’ll see we do this very gradually in steps starting with desensitising using sound, visual and tactile stimulation and then finally Maz, was able to 'lean over' and put her whole weight on Raffles back.
Every time we complete a step and ask a little bit more, we take Raffles away from the 'pressure' of the mounting block and we repeat the previous lesson - targeting the cones on our triangle. This pattern will give your horse confidence. It is really important as it teaches them how to 'reset' themselves, diffusing any tension that might be creeping in, and it helps to keep them focused and paying attention. Raffles is already enjoying the process as it feels more like a game!