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Training Tips

Training Tips
January 9, 2013

From Colt Starting to Well-Broke Horse

Long rides… You can’t expect a colt to get broke by riding him for twenty minutes a day. You have to put some miles under his feet. The best place to ride a colt is on a dirt road that goes for miles. Horses can go sour quickly if you only ride them in a […]

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Training Tips
January 8, 2013

Training Tip of the Week: When to retreat when desensitizing your horse

  To desensitize a horse you apply pressure and continue to apply the pressure until he stands still and relaxes. When a horse relaxes, he’ll do one of five things. Lick his lips Lower his head and neck Cock a hind leg Blink his eyes Take a big breath When he stands still and shows […]

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Training Tips
December 31, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Don’t ignore a spooky object

  When your horse spooks at an object or refuses to cross an obstacle, don’t just ignore it and move on. Deal with the object and teach your horse not to fear it. As a trainer, you should constantly be expanding your horse’s comfort zone. Your horse’s comfort zone is made up of the environment […]

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Training Tips
December 24, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Avoid taking a scary object away when the horse is moving his feet

  Timing, meaning when you release the pressure is critical when training horses, especially when desensitizing. When you’re desensitizing your horse, never take the object/pressure away until the horse stands still and shows a sign of relaxing. If you take the object away while the horse is moving his feet and using the reactive side […]

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Training Tips
December 18, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Treats should be a surprise for your horse

  I often get asked if feeding treats will cause a horse to become pushy or to bite. The answer is it depends. Feeding your horse treats won’t teach him to be mouthy as long as you give him treats correctly.

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Training Tips
December 11, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Why you should tie your horse up

  Tying a horse up for long periods of time accomplishes many important things in your training. I have a little saying, “End each training session by tying your horse up to the ‘Tree or Post of Knowledge.’” When you tie your horse up after a training session, it teaches him not only respect and […]

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Training Tips
December 4, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Use Squeeze, Cluck and Spank to stop a grass-snatcher.

  If your horse stops at a patch of clover and refuses to move, even if you’re bumping him on the sides, he’s telling you you’re being ineffective and you need to get more aggressive. Remember to use Squeeze, Cluck and Spank. Squeeze the horse with the calves of your legs to get him to […]

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Training Tips
November 27, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Hard-to-catch horse tip: Use the halter as a desensitizing tool.

  Most horses balk at the sight of their owner coming to the pasture with halter in hand because more than likely, they’re going to be taken to the barn, thrown in the cross-ties and saddled up. It doesn’t take long for horses to associate the halter with hard work and sweat. You need to […]

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Training Tips
November 20, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Don’t tie a cinchy horse when saddling

  A common mistake I see people make that can ultimately lead to a horse becoming cinchy is tying their horses when they saddle them. Whenever you tie a horse up, you take away his ability to move his feet or flee from danger. Then, if he gets scared or reactive, in his mind the […]

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Training Tips
November 13, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: The value of turnout

  Horses are a herd animal and their bodies are designed to be on the move. I try to keep my horses on turnout as much as I possibly can. It’s the best thing for them because they don’t develop bad habits and they’re just happier in general. The more you put a horse in […]

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