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"You need to provide discipline without forcing it."
"Discipline isn't a dirty word.... Discipline is the one thing that separates us from chaos and anarchy."
"People who associate discipline with punishment are wrong: with discipline, punishment is unnecessary."
"Whether riding a horse or working with a kid, there's no crime in saying no. But always saying no will take away all the horse's desire to try, and pretty soon the horse or the youngster will believe there's nothing he can do right. But saying no and immediately redirecting with 'but instead you may do this' will head off inappropriate behavior."
"The discipline must start with us."
"Human instruction or reactions that are insecure, hesitant or inconsistent may confirm or possibly strengthen a horse's bad behavior."
"In our world, which is an artificial one for the horse, the horse needs to be given boundaries."
"We must also keep it constantly on our minds that rules vary according to each horse."
"I allow absolutely no biting or jostling: this is a rule that I start establishing with a young horse from the first day I work with him. In fact, with one that I do not know, I impose a strict limit as to how close he approaches me."
"A common mistake is to do too much 'snuggling up' to a horse from the beginning. You should keep the distance appropriate to the stage of your relationship."
"I don't immediately let a horse invade my space....Once there is total confidence and respect in both directions it becomes another matter."
"...it is the case that rules are not only essential but that the horse functions the better for accepting certain guidelines."
"...you must not impose unreasonable rules that the horse feels he cannot accept with a willing spirit."
"I have to impose laws and make it absolutely clear what is not allowed."
"The secret is to deploy the right amount of warning signals when I see a horse has something naughty in mind."