Problem Solving – Introduction

I have been preparing a series of posts with respect to “problem solving“.  I am not referring to the common usage of the term, i.e., behavioral problems such as rearing, bolting, biting, etc.  Instead I wish to tackle issues that arise during the training process such as stiffness, crookedness, lack of or inability to maintain balance, refusals at jumps, crossing of legs on turns and circles, winging and paddling…….the list goes on.

My approach to these discussions will be to select an issue, demonstrate using photos or videos, and explore possible causes, as well as suggest possible solutions.

We all realize that often we have some underlying problems which go undetected by the rider (and often from the ground person) but eventually show themselves in overt ways such as head shaking, tongue problems, gait irregularities, an unevenness in the contact, etc.  Often by observiing others, we discover something within ourselves.  This is my intention regarding these posts…….to bring awareness to training issues, and offer insights which can lead to solutions.

My first post will concentrate on the “simple” issue of circles and turns.  I say “simple” with tongue in cheek because the ability to make a perfect circle would eliminate the need for several of the remaining posts.  As we all know, everything is interconnected but  by examination and discussion of the parts, we produce a better whole.  The hard part is isolating one issue from another.  However, I will try to do just that.

I hope you will stay with me throughout this journey, and please offer any comments or suggestions you might have.  I would like very much for this to be a discussion, that is to say, interactive, as we ALL encounter training problems, and often one person alone can overlook something important to another.