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Training Tips

Training Tips
June 26, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: The best place to desensitize your horse to water.

  Whenever you desensitize a horse to an object, it’s important to do so in a big, open area where he has room to move his feet. As a prey animal, the horse has a flight or fight response, which means he either runs from danger or fights it. A horse would always rather run […]

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Training Tips
June 19, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Correct a horse that stumbles

  It’s normal for a horse to trip or stumble every once in awhile. Just like us, sometimes they take a misstep, especially if the ground is rough or uneven. But if stumbling in the arena or on the trail is becoming a regular occurrence, your horse is in need of help. First, rule out […]

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Training Tips
June 12, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Lunging for Respect – troubleshooting a hot, nervous horse and a lazy horse

  Hot, nervous horse? Do more changes of direction. Changes of direction slow a horse’s feet down and get him to use the thinking side of his brain.

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Training Tips
June 5, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Teaching a horse to tie well takes consistency.

  The reason why a lot of horses pull back and constantly paw and stomp their feet when you tie them up is because they never get tied up. They never learn to develop patience. It’s much like taking young children to a restaurant. If you never take them to restaurants, you can’t expect them […]

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Training Tips
May 29, 2012

Training Tip of the Week: Sidepass for overall body control

  Make the most of your horse’s natural athletic ability by teaching him to sidepass. Moving your horse sideways off of your leg helps to free up his ribcage, shoulders and hindquarters. It teaches him to move his feet in a rhythmic, even way, without using his hindquarters for forward impulsion, and it helps him […]

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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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