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Training Tips

Training Tips
January 15, 2019

Training Tip: Check In With Your Horse to Prevent Bolting

One of the best ways to deter a horse from bolting or doing any other dangerous behavior on the trail is to check in with him every once in a while by asking him to move his feet and soften his body. As you’re walking down the trail, ask him to two-track or sidepass. Do […]

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Training Tips
January 8, 2019

Method Tip: Horse Head Tossing Problem, Part 3: A Bad Attitude

If your horse is constantly tossing his head when you ride him and you’ve ruled out a health issue, his lack of training and yourself as possible causes, then it’s likely your horse has copped an attitude. When you ask him to do something, he throws his nose up in the air and shakes his […]

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Training Tips
January 4, 2019

Training Tip: Address Head Tossing, Part 2: The Horse is Sorry-Broke

If your horse is constantly tossing his head when you ride him and you’ve ruled out a health issue and yourself as possible causes, he may be doing it because he lacks training. In other words, if every time you pick up on the reins your horse roots his nose out and flings his head […]

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Training Tips
December 25, 2018

Training Tip: Address Head Tossing, Part One: A Heavy-Handed Rider

There’s nothing more distracting than a horse that frequently throws his head up in the air, dragging the reins through his rider’s hands. A horse that constantly tosses his head has one of a few things going on. He might have a dental issue and the bit could be irritating him and making him feel […]

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Training Tips
December 23, 2018

Training Tip: Brave Cowards

Whenever a horse is scared of something, the last thing you want to do is act like a predator and force him to face the scary object directly. Horses are always more confident when they’re following or chasing something as opposed to having something chase them. Horses and dogs are what I like to call […]

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Training Tips
December 11, 2018

Ask Clinton: Lead Logic

Q: How do you feel which lead your horse is on while under saddle? Watching you in person and on video, I am amazed at how you can feel which lead your horse is on in front or behind. Any clues will help!

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Training Tips
December 4, 2018

Ask Clinton: Correcting a Horse That Kicks Out

Whether your horse is kicking up to demonstrate his lack of respect or truly bucking out of fear or habit, there are several ways to fix the problem. If he’s kicking up because he doesn’t want to go forward (which is most often the case), go back and get his feet moving better on the […]

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Training Tips
November 27, 2018

Ask Clinton: Headset for Western Pleasure Horse

Q: I show my horse in western pleasure classes, but he doesn’t want to keep his head down anymore. He’s so energetic that he wants to look at everything. How can I convince him to keep his head down?

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Training Tips
November 20, 2018

Training Tip: Should You Let Your Horse Eat on the Trail

Invariably, whenever the subject of correcting a horse for snatching grass or eating on the trail is brought up, someone always asks if it’s OK to ever let a horse graze while you’re with him. Here’s my take on the situation: I don’t like a horse eating grass when I’m working with him. Horses can […]

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Training Tips
November 13, 2018

Training Tip: Stay With it Until He’s Comfortable

Regardless of what obstacle you come up to or what your horse is having an issue with while you’re working with him, stay with that obstacle or that particular hazard until your horse is comfortable using the thinking side of his brain. If you let the horse jump the gully in a hurry and you […]

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