YOU GIVE A MOUSE A COOKIE: I often find myself thinking of this story
when I am trying to explain the "why" of a horse training concept. Most
often it comes into my head when I am trying to describe the things that
led up to the current issue, and then what the likely progression will
"If you give a mouse a cookie, he's going to ask for a
glass of milk. When you give him the milk, he'll probably ask you for a
straw. When he's finished, he'll ask you for a napkin. Then he'll want
to look in a mirror to make sure he doesn't have a milk mustache..."
It is as important to understand where a concept fits in the timeline,
or big picture, of your overall horse as it is to understand the
individual training technique or drill. No interaction with your horse
or training moment is isolated. There is a cause and effect for each and
every movement, cue, feel... It is the madness and the beauty of horse
training, everything is connected. Everything.