When teaching a horse, keep the lesson short. Think back to when you started learning something new. Who is smarter you or the horse? Did you learn by spending hours at a time? Probably not. Chances are you learned just a little day by day. For those younger folks remember when you first started to drive. For us older ones, think about that new computer program at work.
Back to the first question, who is smarter? You? Then why expect the horse to learn faster than you. Do children learn to walk in an hour? Not most, they try with little or no discernible success at times. As they try and fail, they learn. Your horse is not any different and not as smart. So don’t expect more from the horse than you can do, a really common mistake.
Maybe you have jumped on your horse and spent the next 2 hours training. You likely quit frustrated and the horse agitated. Dont’ do it! Keep your lessons to 10 minutes, ride for another 20 minutes, then do a 5 minute review. Stop training for the day, try to end on a positive effort. But stop!
It doesn’t mean the riding has to end. Just let the horse do what can be accomplished with confidence. Think back to driving in the snow the first time. You could probably drive for hours on dry, pretty day. The snow was tiring and entirely different. Keep lessons short and have FUN! Your horse will appreciate and learn a whole lot faster!