Magic Mustang Tamer

Training Plans

The training plan is the lifeblood of an evidence-based trainer.

With just a few suggestions about the elements of a good plan, this journal opens a window for your creativity. Get as detailed and fancy as you like… or not. It is bound to look thoughtful and to inspire thorough. It is the bridge between the animal’s life plan and the actual training session.

A well-curated set of training plans is the true mark of a professional trainer. It is what you are actually selling whether you are training animals or training people to train animals. Keep yours organized and accessible in this little book.

Two pages are provided as a Cue Registry, to keep your cues and signals to the animals organized and documented. The rest of the pages are all simply dot journal pages. Don’t be surprised, compare with cost of a bullet journal and you’ll appreciate the value.

Back to Training Journal (set up for 6 horses and 40 training plans)


101 things to write as equine training plans (incase you need some ideas).

Allow to be caught
Faces human rather than presenting rump
Put head into rope loop
Put head into halter and keeps head down while end is fastened
Allows you to stretch front legs forward
Targets body parts
Turn hindquarters at the gate and wait for gate to be latched, etc.
Allows you to stretch back legs back
Stand to be haltered
Be ponied from another horse
Loads into trailer
Touch on any part of the body
Brushed on any part of the body
Ears rubbed
Towelled on any part of the body
Cleaning eyes
Cleaning nostrils
Fly spray applied
Washed with hose
Sheath cleaned
Snapping rag
Body clipped
Examination by stranger
Crop, target stick, feed sack rubbed on body
Pick up and hold feet
Wormed by Syringe
Hoof placed and remains on hoof stand
Trimming or shoeing by farrier
Comes when you call
Smiles on cue
Tricks of any sort
Leads around obstacles
Cross obstacles
Respond to voice cue by moving forward
Respond to verbal request to back
Respond to verbal request to walk
Follow a slack lead
Backs up in response to pull on lead
Bends neck to where nose touches back side of shoulder in either direction
Turn on hindquarters
Turn on forehand
Side-pass on the ground
Roundpen inside turn at liberty
Roundpen outside turn at liberty
Lunges in the open
Respond to verbal request to trot
Respond to verbal request to canter
Lunges over obstacles
Wait for human to go through gate first
Turn with rein pressure
Back with rein pressure
Stop with rein pressure
Walks forward when driven
Comfortable with Crupper or Britchen
Long rein under harness
Respond to verbal request to turn left
Respond to verbal request to turn right
Drive through gates
Respond to “whoa” in halter
Stations on mat or at rope target
Stands when reins are dropped on neck
Stake out from overhead
Square up
Whoa at liberty
Stands to be saddled
Stands in crossties
Ground ties
Hobble
Picket on one leg
Lay down in response to verbal command
Moves calmly with saddle
Pack dead weight on lead
Walk departure
Maintain gait at a walk
Long rein under saddle
Picks up rider from the fence or mounting block
Stands and waits while rider mounts
Stands and waits while rider dismounts
Trot departure
Canter departure
Maintain gait at a trot
Maintain gait at a canter
Transition up trot/canter
Transition up walk/canter
Transition down walk/trot
Transition down canter/trot
Transition down canter/walk
Walk half-halt
Drag object
Jump poles
Accepts the bit into mouth
At unbridling, releases bit without raising head
Walk halt
Trot halt
Canter halt
Canter half-halt
Trot half-halt
Side-pass while riding
Sliding stop
Spin on haunches
Flying lead changes