Good Horsemanship is a series of good habits.
Many old timers will tell you that you can assess a persons whole character by the way he catches and halters his horse.
Lets talk gate etiquette; If every time you and your horse passed through a gate, you asked your horse to go through, then turn, face the gate and wait for you to latch it, or maybe bring another horse or two along, no horses would be rushing the gate - ever. This habit would cause your leadership to go way up. This habit, applied to riding or not will change your whole realtionship.
(photo) Ms. Patches working on her creek
crossing skills in her paddock paradise.
When cleaning your horses hooves, can you suggest with 4oz of pressure or less that they pick up and hold their foot in the air for you? This habit takes time, but if you are not getting any younger, you will love the results of taking the time to create this partnership, so will your hoof care professional.
Saddling - Can you saddle your horse with no strings attached? Completely at liberty? How about with your leadrope draped in the crook of your arm with lots of slack in it. If you have been polite about cinching, and tightening the girth in slow incriments, moving your horse between each step, this habit will pay off in a big way. You'll never know the problems you didn't get! Unless of course you have a cinchy horse already.
Here is a habit that will earn you points - rub your horse and be grateful for every go and every whoa. When in doubt, rub! Put a smile on your face and in your heart and know your horse is your mirror. This habit will never fail you.
Habit - any regularly repeated behaviour that requires little or no thought and is learned rather than innate.