Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

If you talk to any good horse trainer about how they got to where they are, they’ll admit they’ve made some mistakes along the way. And if they’re worth their salt, they’ll probably tell you that the lessons they learned making those mistakes were invaluable .

I often tell my Academy students, “If you haven’t wrecked a couple of horses, you haven’t tried hard enough.” What I mean by that is when you’re first learning, you sometimes try so hard to succeed you might over train a horse and push the limits too far. The first horse you train using the Method is like the sacrificial lamb. You’re going to make mistakes; expect it. But hopefully, you learn from those mistakes and don’t make them with your next horse.

What often bothers me most is when people let the fear of making a mistake hold them back from becoming a better horseman. People often ask me, “Clinton I have this really nice horse and I don’t want to wreck him,” or “I’m afraid I’ll make a mistake and won’t do right by this horse,” or “I don’t know the Method well yet and I’m afraid of confusing the horse.”

Mistakes are a normal part of the learning process. As long as you’re working with your horse and trying new things, I guarantee you’ll make a mistake. The faster you can accept that, the faster you can move on and work on becoming a better horseman. Each horse you work with, you’ll get a little better.

About Clinton Anderson
Born and raised in Australia, Clinton grew up with a love of horses. Although he lived in the city with his father, Rob, mother, Cheryl, and sister, Andrea, he looked forward to the weekends he got to spend on his grandparent’s farm where his grandmother would give him rides on her old Thoroughbred mare. By the age of 12, he began playing polocrosse and was eventually chosen for a national team representing his state.
In 2001, he became the first clinician to create a made-for-TV horse training program that aired on RFD-TV. The use of untrained horses and a variety of topics covering common problems faced by horse owners quickly made Downunder Horsemanship the network’s number one equine program. Nearly 15 years after establishing Downunder Horsemanship, Clinton continues to instruct horsemanship clinics, presents Walkabout Tours across the country, produces two television shows, hosts an internet TV website and is constantly creating comprehensive study kits and training tools to make learning horsemanship as accessible and easy as possible. Clinton and Downunder Horsemanship are recognized as world leaders in the equestrian industry and continue to offer the very best in innovation, inspiration and instruction.