10 Tips To Improve Your Horse’s Results

10 Tips To Improve Your Horse’s Results

Horse-PerformanceThere has been a lot of research about visualization to assist you to achieve better results in your horse competition and equine performance goals, but there is more to it than that.

These tips will help you improve your own and therefore your horse’s behaviour and performance. While there might be some reference to competitions in the tips below, these tips can relate to other activities (either mounted or unmounted) with your horse.

1. Clear Picture of Horse’s Performance and Behaviour

Is there a clear image in your mind where your horse is performing well? This would be some time in the future either at an event, a special place or at home.

How does it feel? Have you made an emotional commitment and do you feel the emotional energy when you are in that picture?

2. Personal Passion

While the improvement in your horse’s performance might be competition related, what is the reason? If the reward is not the ribbon or the trophy, would you want this improvement or change in your horse’s behaviour to achieve a deeper connection with your horse?

Do you feel the passion and fulfillment to achieve this goal, regardless of the extrinsic reward?

3. Horse Benefit

How will your horse benefit from this performance? Will they improve in their health, fitness and training? Or are you pushing them towards sourness and unsoundness?

Do you really believe that if you improve your horse’s performance, there will be a long-term benefit and a better life for them?

4. Investment

What do you need to invest for your horse to achieve this performance goal? How much time, energy and money will it take to achieve this and are you prepared for it?

Can you justify your investment to benefit your horse and your horse’s future?

5. Time

How long will it take to achieve a result in improving your horse’s performance? Is this something you can break down into bite-sized chunks so that you can see a benefit in each training session?

Will there be enough progress in the short term to keep you focused on the long-term goal?

6. Personal Control

It is important that you have personal control over your horse’s training. Is this your own horse or is the owner of the horse happy for you to have the control over the horse’s performance? Is there anything that is out of control (agistment/ boarding stables) that will influence the horse’s behaviour, which is out of your control?

Do you believe that you are able to improve your horse’s performance or change their behaviour, and able to shape the outcomes?

7. Social Support

What do your friends or your partner say? Do they support you or sabotage you? If not, are you a strong enough person to withhold negativity and stay focused?

Do you havepeople around you that you can engage with, who stay positive and supportive?

8. Excuses and Distractions

Do you feel stretched with teaching your horse to improving their performance or changing their behaviour or do you feel overwhelmed?

Don’t be distracted and make excuses why you cannot commit yourself to training your horse to improving their performance

Are you are really committed, and will not allow excuses and distractions to stop you? Will they make you stronger and more focused?

9. Resources or Resourcefulness

Do you believe that you do not have the resources to make this happen?

Or do you know that even if you do not have the resources at the moment, they can be found, bought, acquired, borrowed, created.

Are you resourceful and committed enough to find what you need to assist you to change your horse’s behaviour or improve their performance?

10. Autonomy
Do you believe that with support, you are a good enough rider/ trainer to make this happen?

Do you believe that you (independently or with assistance) are able to develop the trust with your horse to change this behaviour?

Do you believe that you are the person who is in control of this decision?

Having the right mindset is the first and most important step to achieving your horse performance goals. The next step is to have an instructor who can also see your vision for your horse. Ideally they should have already experienced the same performance results with their horse or horses.



  1. Indie-Rose Hartfiel says:

    this article is very interesting, great information to Improving horses performance! 🙂

  2. Jessica Brierley says:

    This article is very interesting and I believe my horses and i will benefit from it.

  3. Amy Steele says:

    This is an interesting informative article. I believe, to be able to improve your horse’s performance, you need to be able to trust your horse’s ability and know that your horse trusts that you are not putting them in danger. It may take time to improve your horse’s performance but patience is the key.

  4. Great article with great points and important points too.

  5. Very interesting an informative article! It explains that a horses ‘best’ performance not only relies on the time and effort put into the training, but also the bond apparent with the horse. There needs to be a mutual understanding and a connection with the animal before you can start asking for results, as they are animals with emotions just like us. It talks about how we need to accept and understand each and every horses personality to better the friendship and connection between each horse and rider in an attempt to increase the likelihood of improved results.

  6. Hogan.Casey says:

    I like how this article makes you think about the connection you have with you horse, because it’s not just about the ride, it’s about having trust and believing in your horse and your self. If you don’t trust your horse then your body will stiffen and send signals to the horse that there is something wrong, if you don’t believe in yourself then your posture and emotional responses will become negative which in turn will begin to affect the horse as well. Very thought provoking.

  7. Jessica Lewer says:

    love this article! very helpful and relevant to all riders of any age. looking forward to reading more articles like this.

  8. Samantha Monaco says:

    This article is very interesting and definitely relevant – very effective.

  9. Dhana Stokes says:

    This article is very helpful, I will be sure to try some of these tips with my own horse.

  10. Melatchy says:

    Long story short as I have typed it twice and it’s disappeared twice…
    I was a learner rider on a green broke horse, I joined pony club and my confidence grew and grew, to where we the rouge pair at every event, the pony club instructor hated us. But there was nothing we wouldn’t have a go at. I had caused him to become so dangerous that the only way to pull him up was to jump off him. My light bulb moment was when we nearly ran over an old lady, after this I took a completely different approach, groundwork, groundwork, groundwork…. Something no one had ever mentioned, the concept was foreign. But I did countless clinics… Guess what? It works!!! Surprise, surprise.. We both came down from the clouds and I could ride with just a string around his neck…
    My approach to everything now is groundwork, if you can’t get it done on the ground, it will make no sense to your horse while on his back.
    So in the first instance with the water problem, get off and be the horses leader!!!
    Second instance purely practice, get someone to watch you and ask for advice. Pay someone who really knows what they are doing, buy a DVD. Put it all together and do what works for you.
    In my opinion horses are a never ending base for learning. There will always be a new situation or attitude or horsenality to contend with… Never stop learning….

  11. Renae Michalik says:

    very interesting article,defintly made me think differently about improveing my horses results.

    • I agree with this article but people should nor forget that horses are special and that have their own personality. we as people should be thankful for what the fact that we can have horses. WE should accept their personality and work with that to make them a better horse than they are. Horses are enjoyable to ride and work with they have a great friendship between people and store memories of joy in our hearts. I thank the Lord for his creativity and thought of creating the wonderful horses we have today.

  12. This article is very interesting, also very helpful.

  13. Michaela.Bates says:

    This is a very interesting article. I think the main thing most people are looking for in a horse is a great personality, the good looks and collection are just a bonus.

  14. Zyia Sheveleff says:

    When i took my pony to her first show we came 5th out of 17 people. She was very well behave.

  15. Great article, I agree that visualisation and also passion can have powerful effects upon performance.

  16. Kirsten Greer says:

    This article is very useful, I have been competing for a while and it is true one thing I would like to add is patience.

  17. Not to forget patience, since endurance and fortitude are key when it comes to training and improving.

  18. Zoe Rugsten says:

    This is a very useful article, it has defenetly changed the way i think about improving myself and my horse. Coming from a rider that is at the stage of starting some competitions, and desperate in need to improve the way my horse and i work, many tips in here are very useful and relatable. Resources and resourcefulness was the most useful to me as well as autonomy, they were explained and examined well. This article is a good read.

  19. Keris Wright says:

    very interesting article, relevant towards any rider or horse person.

  20. Courtney Nagle says:

    This article is very thought provoking. It’s important that people read pieces like this before making the choice on whether or not riding is really suited to them. These things all also apply to getting out into the competition world, as I am just learning. This is a very enjoyable article.

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