Improving Your Horse’s Focus with Mac Cone

The horse might be young and eager to take in the sights and sounds of a new life under saddle, or simply have a tendency to pay attention to anything but the rider. Show jumper and coach Mac Cone of Southern Ways stable in King City, ON, offers some tips for accepting, understanding, and working with horses who are prone to letting their minds wander. The end goal with any focus problem is to have a relaxed horse. Progress will come when the horse can think about what the rider is asking of it, instead of listening to what it's thinking. Whatever you can do to help the horse relax before you ask it to work is beneficial to you. A relaxed horse will think more rationally. Sometimes this means you need to give the horse a little lunge before it goes out for a flat school, and sometimes it's…

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