Release & Pressure (R/P)
Learning To Learn
How does a horse learn? You must convey your intentions without words. You must show them what you are asking without them going up into the Sympathetic Nervous System. Because once they are in fight or flight there is NO learning. So, it's baby steps and then allowing the neurochemical process to happen by waiting. This might take any amount of time 1 or 3 mins or a whole day and night.
When teaching a new idea to your horse, how do you build on the previous thought? They have no words to let you know they got the information and can execute that information. So how do you convey your intentions and then let them know they are on the right track?
What you have in your mind can be completely different of their understanding of that request. If you keep asking for them to perform a certain task, and you up the pressure without the correct release. There is a very good chance the horse will go up in their Sympathetic Nervous System and will not be able to learn anything.
When first introduced to a new cue or routine, the release is everything. The release becomes the “yes “answer for them to respond to.
This communication for them starts as soon as you put the halter on, stand outside the stall or enter the paddock. The pressure is already there, so the first thing we need to do is make sure they feel us in the release position (homeostasis) first. Then we can begin.