Training Tip: How Well a Horse Lopes Speaks Volumes About His Training
Nothing will rat a horse out about his level of training better than loping. Most horses will walk and trot reasonably well, without putting up much of a fuss, but when you ask them to step up to the lope, their true colors come out. If the horse is disrespectful and lazy, he’ll ignore your […]
Training Tip: Ask Clinton: Letting Others Ride Your Horse
Q: A client of mine is a novice rider and has an ex-barrel racer that is too much for them to handle at the canter. I started giving her lessons on my well-broke horse. Can novice riders create problems that are hard to fix?
If you are a relatively green or inexperienced rider, the last thing you want to do is go and buy a horse that has limited training, regardless of his age, and take him out on the trail. You don’t even want a 4- or 5-year-old, unless he’s an exceptional horse. A rider with no experience […]
Training Tip: Ask Clinton: Kicking Out At Other Horses
Q: I have just started fox hunting on my green mare, and when another horse and rider come up beside her, she kicks out at them. One trainer says ignore it as the mare is green and another says smack her hard. Your opinion, please!
All riding maneuvers you do with your horse can be broken into two categories: impulsion exercises and suppling exercises. Impulsion exercises focus on getting the horse to move forward. These are the exercises like the Cruising Lesson, Follow the Fence, Controlled Cruising and Confused Loping that help to get the cobwebs out of the horse’s […]
Q: Does a horse need to be warmed up before he hustles in the roundpen, or should he canter fast immediately? – Christie G. A: Warming up and cooling down a horse before and after exercise is always a smart idea. Horses are no different than human beings – we both need to prepare our […]
Some people and horse personalities just don’t mesh. There are probably people in your workplace that you just don’t get along with. There’s no specific reason why; your personalities just don’t click.
Just like people, horses’ attitudes and abilities vary from one individual to the other. Some horses are more naturally talented at a certain task than others. Sometimes the hardest thing for people to realize is that not every horse suits every course. For example, I breed reining and cow horses, but not every horse I […]