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Training Tips

Training Tips
May 22, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Timing is critical when getting your horse to go over an obstacle

  When you apply pressure is critical when asking a horse to go over an object. Never pressure the horse when he is investigating the obstacle or thinking about going over it. Instead, pressure him away from the object.

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Training Tips
May 15, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Understand the drive line

  If you imagine that your horse is wearing a saddle, the drive line would roughly be where the girth would lie, right behind the withers. Whenever you apply pressure or even stand behind the drive line, you will cause the horse to move forward or yield his hindquarters. Whenever you apply pressure or step […]

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Training Tips
May 8, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Avoid losing your temper when desensitizing your horse

  Training isn’t about emotions or feelings, it’s all business. It’s about how much the horse tries. Resistance is normal, especially when you’re introducing a new object to your horse.

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Training Tips
May 1, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Mouthy Horse Tip – Prevention is better than cure

The best way to handle a horse that gets mouthy is to never let the problem develop in the first place. Horses that get mouthy are often bored and looking for attention. The more you work with your horse, moving his feet forwards, backwards, left and right, the more he’ll use the thinking side of […]

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Training Tips
April 24, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: When it feels good, it is good.

Feel is one of the hardest things for me to teach people. When teaching vertical flexion, I wish that I could say, “When the horse tucks his head in, turn loose and reward him.” But I can’t because it’s not about where the horse puts his head, it’s how he feels in your hands. It’s […]

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Training Tips
April 17, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Review and build on the exercises you teach your horse each day.

Every day that you work with your horse, review the previous day’s lessons before teaching him something new. The exercises in the Method are set in a specific order to get the best results. Each exercise builds off the other; if you skip one or the horse doesn’t wholly understand how to do an exercise, […]

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Training Tips
April 10, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Avoid being sneaky when desensitizing your horse

  Most people fail when it comes to desensitizing their horses to scary objects because they’re sneaky and overly cautious. They slowly walk up to the horse with the object hidden behind their back, and then very carefully try to touch the horse with it. Of course the horse gets scared and moves away because […]

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