10. December 2013 00:06
You always want your horse thinking, "What's next?" If you constantly keep him guessing about what you'll ask him to do, he'll be forced to tune into you. That means mixing up your training sessions so you don't practice the same exercises in the same order. It also means that you're conscious of being a leader for your horse and not letting him decide what you're going to do. For example, if you're riding a straight line toward a fence and your horse starts to turn left before you cue him, turn him right. With repetition, he'll learn to wait for your cue because every time he guesses, he's always wrong. Always do the opposite of what the horse thinks you're going to do.
Also, be sure to include variety in your training program. Variety is crucial to not only keeping your horse happy and interested in his job, but will stop him from anticipating you. Don't just ride your horse in the arena and keep drilling on the same exercises. Train him on the trail. You can practice the same maneuvers - sidepassing, two-tracking, bending, etc., only your horse will be more interested in his job because he'll be in a new environment.
10. December 2013 00:05
Tuesday, December 17th is the last day ground shipping charges will be applied to outgoing orders for Christmas delivery. Increased shipping rates will go into effect on all orders placed after the 17th if you want your package to arrive in time for Christmas. If you've been putting off ordering a gift for that special horse lover in your life, act now! Visit the Downunder Horsemanship store for great gift ideas and the latest sales http://downunderhorsemanship.com/store.aspx.
10. December 2013 00:04
This summer No Worries Club members voted on their favorite Downunder Horsemanship episodes from the past four years. We compiled the top 10 shows to create a "Best of Downunder Horsemanship" series that will start airing this week. The tenth most popular episode "Riding Group Dynamics" airs today and follows Professional Clinician Shana Terry as she helps the Nor Cal Downunder Brumbies, an active group of Method-followers in California, with groundwork and riding exercises. Since the Nor Cal Downunder Brumbies are made up of a variety of horsemen and horses - some are experienced and some are just starting out - you'll see everything from how to correct mistakes to fine-tuning your technique and executing an exercise at the "A" level. The lesson is a great insight into the Fundamentals exercises and motivation to get involved with (or start!) a group in your area.
Tune in each week as we continue to count down your favorite Downunder Horsemanship episodes! For more information about Downunder Horsemanship, visit our website.
10. December 2013 00:02
In the next step to achieving true partnership with your horse, Clinton shows you how to build on the concepts of respect, control and communication you worked to establish in the Fundamentals Series. Lessons in the Intermediate Series focus on gaining even more control of your horse's feet on the ground and achieving true lightness and suppleness in the saddle. Each of the 33 exercises is like a tool that you can store in your tool box. When you have the proper tools to fix a problem, you'll have the confidence to progress and challenge your horse. With the right tools and knowledge, you can build a great partnership. Renowned for his practical, in-depth instruction, Clinton will take you step-by-step through the second level of the Method, getting you one step closer to a truly outstanding partner.
The Intermediate Series includes:
- 11 DVDs with over 18 hours of footage
- 15 Arena Mates
- Laminated exercise sheet
10. December 2013 00:01
Innovacyn, Inc. the makers of Vetericyn have officially wrapped up our 3rd Annual Vetericyn Loves Animals Charity Giveaway with outstanding results! This year we had raised a record-breaking $32,000 for charities all over the US. This year our winners in the small animal category were: Suncoast Basset Rescue Inc., Marley's Mutts Dog Rescue, and Joplin Humane Society. In the large animal category, our winners were: Central Virginia Horse Rescue, RVR Horse Rescue Inc., and Beauty's Haven Farm. The top three winners of each category have won a year's supply of Vetericyn. With the nomination of so many great charities, we provided all the nominees with a case of Vetericyn product.
The Vetericyn elves are getting ready for our first ever 12 Days of Giveaways that will be starting on December 13th- 25th on our Facebook page. Be sure to follow Vetericyn on Facebook and Twitter for our 12 Days of Giveaways updates. You don't want to miss this!
3. December 2013 00:06
If your horse has a tendency to race ahead when you're riding in a group, here's a way to teach him to relax. Find a controlled environment like an arena or a large pasture and enlist the help of a friend on horseback. Start at the walk and ride side by side, about 15 feet apart. Keep both horses on a loose rein and dare them to race ahead. If at any time either horse speeds up, immediately pick up on one rein and turn the horses toward one another and head back the other way. When you turn your horse, do so with urgency so that he has to hustle his feet. If you just let him turn lazily, he's not going to connect racing ahead with stopping his forward motion and having to redirect his energy.
When you're headed in the new direction, be sure to put the horse back on a loose rein and dare him to make a mistake again. In order for the horse to learn, he has to commit to the mistake. If you try to babysit him and keep him from speeding up, he'll never get any better and you'll always have to watch over him. Practice the same steps at the trot and then the canter. It shouldn't matter what gait the horse is in, he should remain at the speed you set him at and not race ahead.
With repetition, the horse will realize that when another horse comes up beside him, it's not a race, and he better keep his attention on you because at any second you might change directions and go back the other way. If he does speed up, he'll quickly realize that it doesn't matter because you'll make him turn and go the other way. The hotter and more nervous your horse is, the shorter the distance will be between turns initially. Eventually, he'll be able to walk next to the other horse on a loose rein without ever speeding up.
3. December 2013 00:05
When Clinton opens the Downunder Horsemanship Ranch up to clinic participants, days full of instruction, hard work, fun and camaraderie between students are sure to be had. The horsemen who were selected for the Intermediate Clinic were no exception. Not only were they well-versed in the Method, but they excelled under Clinton's instruction and discovered a whole new level of horsemanship. Get a feel for their 10-day experience by watching the Intermediate Clinic slideshow. Information on clinics, including the 2014 schedule, can be found on the Downunder Horsemanship website.
3. December 2013 00:04
In this month's No Worries Club exclusive, Clinton works with Kyla Stone and her horse Apache for a member lesson. Since becoming Apache's owner, Kyla has had to deal with the gelding's reactive, spooky and pushy nature. He's afraid of loading on the trailer, won't stand still to be bathed, pulls back when he's tied and overreacts to nearly everything. Kyla tried to teach Apache the Fundamentals by watching the Downunder Horsemanship television show, but despite her efforts Kyla saw little improvement in her horse. He was still reactive, pushy and oftentimes dangerous to be around. Out of frustration, Kyla contacted Downunder Horsemanship, and Clinton decided to give her and Apache the help they needed. This lesson will inspire you to get results with your horse and serves as a great reminder that there are no shortcuts when training horses - you must be thorough and dedicated to success!
3. December 2013 00:03
It could happen! For the past six months, we've been asking horsemen to give us their feedback on our television show and training kits. We appreciate all of the constructive criticism and words of praise we've received so far. Each month, we draw one name out of the entries to win a Method or Professional Series kit. Our lucky winners have chosen everything from an Intermediate Series to the Colt Starting Series. At the end of the year, one lucky person is going to be randomly drawn from all of the entries to win one of Clinton's saddles! The year-end winner will be announced in the first newsletter of January. Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement! To participate, all you have to do is share your feedback on our website. You may submit as many feedback entries as you'd like, so long as each entry is unique, in order to increase your chance of winning.
3. December 2013 00:02
Clinton is world-renowned for his practical, easy-to-understand horsemanship method that gets results quickly, and in the Fundamentals Series, he details the foundation every horse/human relationship should start with. You'll get an in-depth look at the psychology behind training horses and over 30 groundwork and riding exercises that will take your horsemanship to a new level.
The Fundamentals Series includes:
- 14 DVDs with over 28 hours of footage
- 15 Arena Mates
- 100-page Philosophy Book
- Laminated exercise sheet