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Episode 189-Why I train with patterns…and the way it isn’t in regards to the sample.


Once I say that I journey the identical sample again and again in coaching, the commonest query is, “Doesn’t the horse memorize the sample?”

-the causes I train with easy patterns
-how utilizing the identical sample with totally different strategies may also help you perceive how the method influences the horse 
-why switching patterns when horses anticipate the sample really robs you of an important coaching alternative. 

There are three levels that horses and riders undergo in the event that they journey my 4 leaf clover sample again and again. Riders who decide to shifting by way of all three levels create a state of affairs the place each horse and rider notice, it was by no means in regards to the sample in any respect. 

It was about enhancing communication.

Stacy Westfall: [00:00:00] The sample driving didn’t create a horse that was a robotic. Using the sample gave Willow the chance to calm down and hear for the refined cues that I used to be giving.

Announcer: [00:00:16] Podcasting from a bit cabin on a hill, that is the Stacy Westfall podcast. Stacy’s objective is straightforward: to show you to know why horses do what they do, in addition to the motion steps for creating clear, assured communication together with your horses.

Stacy Westfall: [00:00:36] Hello, I’m Stacy Westfall, and I assist riders turn into assured, talk clearly, and get higher outcomes with their horses. On this season of the podcast, I’m sharing with you a few of the ideas that I train to my college students within my packages. I need to speak at the moment in regards to the thought of driving the identical sample again and again and the way in the long run it isn’t actually in regards to the sample in any respect. That is recent in my thoughts as a result of I simply held a personal occasion right here at my home and the one college students that have been invited have been those that are in my advance at house personal teaching. So which means that girls flew in from all around the globe to attend. It was wonderful. And I’m fairly positive that you simply’re going to listen to extra in regards to the occasion sprinkled all through the podcasts which can be developing. Now in the course of the occasion, there was a second once I was instructing and I mentioned, and plenty of of you will have seen this sample a couple of times in reference to the four-leaf clover sample that I train inside each my driving course and this advance at house course. And my remark was adopted by a spherical of laughter as a result of it’s an inside joke for any of my college students as a result of I exploit the sample so much. One of many issues that I often say is that you simply’ve ridden the sample sufficient while you now not have to set the cones up and you’ll journey the sample completely into the filth.

Stacy Westfall: [00:02:16] Whereas the scholars have been right here at my home, they acquired the chance to work together with my horses, both in groundwork or by driving them. And what was actually attention-grabbing was the truth that the scholars already understood this four-leaf clover sample meant that on this two-day interval, I by no means as soon as needed to spend any time explaining the sample. When someone walked into the spherical pen to do groundwork, I might merely begin teaching them on their method, what they have been seeing within the horse, what they have been doing with their physique, and we didn’t should spend any time discussing the sample. They weren’t misplaced as to the place they have been going subsequent, and that gave them the facility to deal with the expertise they have been having whereas being instructed and dealing with a horse they didn’t know. On this podcast, I need to clarify why I train with patterns and the identical ones again and again. I additionally need to clarify the three levels that I see, and I suppose actually the fourth one is form of the place you need to get to and why in the long run, it’s actually not in regards to the sample in any respect. So let’s go.

Stacy Westfall: [00:03:37] Once I train, I’m all the time very conscious that at minimal there are three of us concerned. There may be me, I’m exhibiting up because the instructor. There’s the rider, which is my scholar and there’s the horse. Once I train with patterns, it makes it very clear to me what the scholar is making an attempt to do. Once I know what the scholar is making an attempt to do it makes it simpler for me to judge how effectively they’re doing it and the place they want extra info. This additionally makes it simpler for me to speak with them as a result of I can reference the sample in relation to what they’re experiencing. And all of that is attainable as a result of we agreed to a objective forward of time and the objective is to journey the sample. For the scholar, driving a sample provides them one thing to deal with. That is true whether or not I’m standing there teaching you or whether or not you might be driving at house. In my steering course, I even recorded audio journey guides, that are little audio clips you could obtain and play whereas driving the sample. I say little audio clips, however they’re 15 to twenty minutes lengthy. They’re meant to be performed your complete time you’re driving the sample. And this makes it very clear to the scholar what they’re aiming for. When the scholar may be very clear, it will increase their consciousness of the place they’re going to look subsequent and it additionally helps them consider each within the second and after the actual fact after they’re watching the video, as a result of the sample itself is giving them suggestions, even when I’m not standing there speaking to them. After which what’s actually attention-grabbing is after the scholar has discovered the sample, simply the fundamental sample, what I can then do is I can train them strategies with out altering the sample. And when this occurs, the scholar can really expertise what the method does to the horse’s physique as an alternative of considering that it’s a change of sample that created it. So, for instance, when someone rides the four-leaf clover sample, they will check out a number of totally different strategies on the sample. And though the sample stays the identical, the readability comes from altering the method and feeling what that change is about how the horse is shifting across the sample. The strategies will affect the horse’s physique differently, however the sample will keep the identical and that could be a lovely factor while you’re making an attempt to determine how every particular person support influences the horse. After which for the horse, the expertise can also be extra clear as a result of the scholar being extra clear, the rider being extra clear, signifies that the cues and the instructions turn into extra clear to the horse. So if the rider is trying as much as the following cone and is concentrated on the place they find yourself, after which they flip and so they look to the following cone, this focus, this trying forward, that is the inspiration for the entire superior driving.

Stacy Westfall: [00:07:21] I’ve been instructing with patterns for many years, and on this time I’ve observed three distinct levels that the horse and rider who’re new to driving a sample again and again, one specific sample again and again. There are three levels that they undergo to reach on the remaining and fourth stage. So the primary stage I discover is the one which I name calibrating or getting on the identical web page. The second stage is it’s extra of a tipping level, but it surely’s a stage. It’s this second the place issues really feel actually good. Possibly it feels superb, possibly it feels wonderful, possibly it simply feels strong for the primary time. But it surely’s this second the place issues really feel good. The third stage is the one the place I jokingly say that the precise coaching begins, after which the fourth stage is the one which we’re aiming for. So let me go forward and break that down for you. The primary stage is definitely the place the rider is studying the sample. And the rationale I name it getting on the identical web page or calibrating is as a result of all I want the rider to do proper now’s simply get across the sample. For the scholars that got here to my home and rode Willow it was actually apparent to all of us who have been watching and to that scholar that was driving that the horse and the rider have been adjusting to one another.nIt wasn’t a lot {that a} scholar acquired on to Willow after which was instantly coaching Willow. They actually have been simply adjusting to one another. So it’s in my thoughts that the primary rider that acquired on the fingers moved not very a lot, identical to let’s say it inch a bit bit left and instantly felt the horse responded a bit bit proper and the horse instantly reply. That was a second that took seconds and it was a really clear adjusting to one another as a result of the commonest response from the scholars they acquired on Willow was for them to say she felt like a sports activities automobile. Some mentioned Porsche. Some mentioned Tesla. It sounded prefer it trusted what sort of sports activities automobile that they had pushed. However instantly, inside only a few steps of getting on Willow, you could possibly see Willow adjusting herself a bit bit, however you could possibly additionally see the riders adjusting themselves after they felt that feeling like a sports activities automobile. In order that feeling of responsiveness that got here from Willow instantly mirrored within the rider and you could possibly see the riders turn into way more conscious of utilizing the steering wheel or the fuel or the brake. And that is what’s occurring while you get on a brand new horse. However I’m additionally going to say it occurs while you start driving your personal horse on a set sample. If you start making an attempt a sample like my four-leaf clover sample, you’re going to start adjusting your cue system as wanted simply to easily keep on the sample. It’s a unique type of calibration, however to me it’s the identical thought as what was proven by the riders who acquired on Willow.

Stacy Westfall: [00:10:59] So one other means to take a look at it’s this primary stage goes to present you a reasonably good thought of how tuned in you and your horse already are to one another. The essential factor to recollect about this stage is that it’s exhibiting you ways tuned in you might be to one another. So should you get in your horse and you’ll stroll this pretty simply, however while you transfer as much as the trot, it turns into a bit extra wobbly. After which while you transfer as much as the canter, it feels a bit bit prefer it won’t be attainable. That’s suggestions coming from the sample to you. That’s explaining to you ways tuned in, how match, how balanced, how effectively the communication is. It’s supplying you with suggestions and serving to you calibrate or perceive what’s happening together with your horse and that’s going that will help you transfer ahead. The following stage of driving the identical sample again and again, as I discussed earlier than, is definitely a tipping level. In case you go on the market and you start making an attempt to journey, say, this four-leaf clover sample, you’re going to go round it and also you’re going to possibly look to the flawed cone.nYou won’t notice that till you watch the video. You then’re going to make a brand new technique for studying the sample. You then’re going to appreciate that you simply preserve chopping off one of many cones in the identical spot again and again. And that is all of that calibration I talked about. After which there comes some extent the place you exit and you’ve got a very good day. And possibly that actually good day turns into a number of actually good days. And what begins to occur is it begins to really feel like each the horse and the rider can calm down into the sample. And this stage, once more, depends upon another components that you simply and your horse have had coming into it. So generally this stage will final for just a few weeks and generally this stage will final for just a few days. It depends upon the historical past with you and your horse. However there’ll be this second the place you’ll assume, Oh, okay, I acquired it. This sample, that labored, I can see. I ponder what comes subsequent. And my recommendation to you at this level is simply benefit from the plateau whereas it lasts since you’re about to enter the following stage.

Stacy Westfall: [00:13:35] This third stage that occurs while you journey the identical sample again and again solutions the query, Don’t the horses simply memorize the sample? And the reply to that’s sure, form of. If I have been going to say {that a} horse have been to memorize a sample, I might think about that in the event that they memorized it, the sample would get higher as an alternative of worse. However what really occurs when the horse begins to acknowledge or see the sample is that as an alternative of memorizing it, the horse begins to see the sample, and the sample typically begins to worsen. So why would that occur? It tends to occur as a result of when the horse begins to see what’s coming, oh, we’re going to go to this cone and switch left, after which we’re going to go to this cone and switch left, after which we’re going to go to this cone and switch left. What occurs is that as a result of the horse sees what’s coming, and that is how I wish to say it, as a result of your horse tries that will help you out then the horse begins to anticipate the sample. So that they see the cone and so they lower in a bit bit sooner. And that is the place again years in the past, once I would drive across the nation and train at horse expos, I might promote DVDs that had this sample on it, and I might inform the viewers in regards to the phenomenon they have been going to expertise. And I knew this as a result of typically about three weeks after leaving an space, I might begin getting emails the place individuals would say, Hey, the sample that you simply taught us was actually nice, however now my horse is aware of it. Do you’ve gotten one other sample? This can be a signal that when the horse begins to anticipate, the rider needs to alter the sample, swap out the sample. However my response can be, this isn’t the time to change the sample. That is when the precise coaching begins. I say this as a result of up till this level, you have been in all probability discovering extra what was or what was not working. You have been discovering, you have been calibrating. You have been understanding what was or wasn’t there for coaching, what was or wasn’t there for understanding. So whereas it’s true that the calibrating stage, that first stage might have been thought-about coaching, I actually assume this third stage is the place the following degree of coaching begins. As a result of as soon as the horse and rider have a fundamental understanding of the sample that was gained within the first stage of merely studying the sample, that is the place it units you up for the second stage, the place each start to calm down as soon as each start to calm down and the rider is aware of the sample. Now the rider is extra geared up to have the ability to cut up their consideration between the sample, as a result of it’s turning into second nature, and their aids or their cues. And since the sample is not the very first thing they’re targeted on, now as a result of it’s fading right into a behavior, they will really deal with their aids and the way the horse is responding. And so as a result of the rider is starting to journey like this, the horse tends to be extra rhythmic and relaxed, and the horse tends to have an thought of what’s developing subsequent as a result of they’re seeing the sample. After which proper when the horse begins anticipating the riders usually tend to need to simply swap patterns, considering that the horse anticipating is a foul factor. However what I’m suggesting right here is that should you keep on the sample, you’ll enable the horse to anticipate and you’ll make the changes within that. As a result of what I see plenty of instances is that folks need to change the sample and principally they keep away from staying within the predictable and making the dialed-in changes, and as an alternative they really go for turning into much less predictable. So that they switched the sample. Switching the sample gives you totally different points, but it surely can also make you seem unpredictable. There’s nothing flawed with the predictability of driving the identical sample. When you develop a strong cue system, a strong means of answering these questions that the horse asks that really feel like anticipation. That’s when it’s all working. That’s when you may determine to alter the sample after you get by way of this third stage.

Stacy Westfall: [00:18:36] So on this third stage, which I’m simply going to name the anticipation stage. Every part that’s discovered right here, the way you cope with them anticipating the left flip and the left flip and the left flip, that’s the stuff that transfers to all different patterns. As a result of should you begin to keep on the identical sample and also you begin to see the query that the horse asks each time you go round cone primary, and the way that’s comparable or totally different than each time they go round cone quantity two, what begins to occur is that you simply start to see the questions forward of time and you start to construct solutions for these questions which can be extra dialed in than in case your horse says, I feel we should always go left and also you zig completely to the suitable. So that you’re not leaving the sample. You’re staying on the sample and answering the query in a extra refined means. As a result of right here’s one thing else I’ve noticed through the years. Whether or not you path journey or whether or not you present in reining or barrel racing or mounted capturing or dressage or western dressage, there will likely be locations the place you should have repeating habits. So dressage horses all the time have a halt on the middle line. And lots of, many, most of the exams have repeating components. Reining horses all the time change leads in the course of the sector. Barrel racers run the identical sample each time they go in to run a barrel sample. Even path driving I’ve observed that I’ve plenty of issues I do the identical as a result of if I need to trot or canter, there are solely sure locations on the path that enable it so subsequently I start to turn into predictable in my gait modifications in sure places on the path. And should you don’t assume you match into any of these classes and also you assume I’m going out and I journey round and I preserve issues attention-grabbing, should you videotaped ten of your rides, I’ll wager cash on the truth that you assume you’re maintaining it attention-grabbing, however you’re extra predictable than you assume, however you’re simply not conscious of it. As a result of should you’ve ever been in a home lengthy sufficient to note the damage sample in a carpet, or should you’ve ever learn the research about how we brush our enamel in precisely the identical sample, each time, you’ll begin to notice that it is rather onerous to be random and also you would possibly as effectively go forward and embrace the facility of driving a sample on objective. In case you decide to utilizing a predictable sample, one that enables the horse to seek out rhythm in any respect gaits, a sample that encourages you to look forward and provides clear utility of the help and launch of the help you’re really going to create a state of affairs the place you may start to refine your cue system.

Stacy Westfall: [00:21:51] So as soon as riders in my program get to the fourth stage they notice that they will journey the sample simply and the horse doesn’t anticipate the sample in any respect. Every rider that acquired on Willow and rode the four-leaf clover sample was absolutely answerable for steering. Though Willow has ridden that sample a whole bunch if not hundreds of instances, the sample driving didn’t create a horse that was a robotic. Using the sample gave Willow the chance to calm down and hear for the refined cues that I used to be giving. Slightly extra ahead, a bit extra left, a bit bit slower, a bit bit sooner. And now she’s so attuned to the rider that the sample isn’t what she’s targeted on in any respect. She’s targeted on the rider. It was such a enjoyable factor to observe occur. If this appears like one thing that you simply want to obtain together with your horse, I’d encourage you to come back be part of me within my on-line course. I train 4 instances a month in order that along with the course, you may as well come to the reside calls and ask questions and see movies of different college students which can be engaged on these identical patterns, this exact same four-leaf clover sample I’ve been speaking about. And each time that I coach one scholar, it’s a possibility for everybody else who’s watching to be taught. So if this appears like one thing that you’d be focused on, come go to my web site to be taught extra. Thanks for listening to the podcast and I’ll speak to you once more within the subsequent episode.

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