#41 The Enemy
When it comes to the darlings, consistency is your greatest ally and inconsistency is your worst enemy.
Horses don't understand "sometimes"; they understand in terms of black and white, right or wrong. The more consistent you are, the more your horse is able to understand you, and you him, whether it be while training or doing everyday tasks with him.
What you do not want to do is allow a certain behavior some of the time, and then reprimanding that same behavior at other times.
He becomes confused, dull, and frustrated simply because you are inconsistent.
So, make it easy on your horse and on you - aim for consistency in how you do things as much as you possibly can: whether it be feeding him, getting him from the pasture, leading him, mounting, speed control cues, etc.
Both your lives will be more pleasant, fun, and safer because each of you knows his place.
And if you mess up (and you probably will), forgive yourself and simply move on - you can't be perfect all the time !!!