Horse Network shares tips from Clay Smith, a 25-year-old cowboy from Broken Bow, Oklahoma, who holds four-time National Finals Rodeo (NFR) qualifier and the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association (PCRA) 2018 World Champion header. No matter what your equine passion is tips on how to be a better rider and how best to work with your horse is always helpful:
- Horses need physical and mental breaks – practice is important however, both you and your horse need to find time to escape the rigors of a schedule and find time to have an enjoyable relaxing ride. Both of you need a break once in a while.
- Expose your horse often and early to uncontrollable events that happen at equine events. When you know what triggers nerves, you can help them overcome their triggers.
- Sometimes no matter what you do, you just don’t get the recognition. Give yourself ten minutes to be frustrated and upset. Then figure out the misstep, refocus, and get right back in the ring – wiser from having learnt from your disappointment.
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