People often say they want to work on getting their horse to focus on them. This is a great goal, but before you ask your horse to focus on you, make sure you have something to offer. It sounds silly, but it’s easy to get hung up on asking for their attention before we ever had a clear idea of what we wanted. We know what we didn’t want, but then what? We don’t want them drifting toward the gate, looking at other horses, etc, but a better thing to focus on is what we DO want. Where did you want your horse to go, specifically, at what rate, in what shape?
When you ask for your horse’s attention, what do you bring to the table that benefits them? Balance? Direction? Stillness? A peaceful mind? These are all things I try to have in myself before asking anything of my horse.