What Every Horse Should Know: A Training Guide to Developing a Confident and Safe Horse

What Every Horse Should Know: A Training Guide to Developing a Confident and Safe Horse

Cherry Hill

Language: English

Pages: 192

ISBN: 1603427163

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Train your horse to embrace a life around humans. Focusing on developing the skills vital for every domesticated horse, this guide stresses the importance of creating an atmosphere where both trainer and horse can overcome fear and cultivate mutual respect. With a series of tests to gauge your horse’s knowledge and training exercises to enrich and strengthen your horse’s comfort around people, you can increase attentiveness, boost confidence, and help your horse reach his full potential.

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Fear of Restriction by People with Things Start with something the horse is comfortable with. Build on that. NOW IT IS TIME TO put all fearful things to rest. Your horse should have no fear of restriction by people with things — the ordinary, everyday situations that occur as we handle and care for our horses. These composite scenarios require that we eliminate a horse’s fear of being in a restricted space, with people, who have items such as tack, equipment, and horse clothing. Then

feeding time are essential for your safety. I require Blue to stay back until I allow her to approach her feed. * * * I am top of the herd pecking order and it is my kind nature that allows me to give the feed to another horse. I am not a submissive member of the herd who lets another horse bully me into turning over the feed. * * * Even with a horse in a pen, it is a good idea not to dump and run. I tell Zipper to “wait” just outside his eating area while I toss his hay ration on

spine somewhat and still go straight forward, such as when we ask for a shoulder-in. A negative example is rubber-necking: when we ask a horse to bend and turn and he evades our aids and bends just his head and neck but keeps his body going straight ahead. Lateral bending is flexing the body one way or the other. Turning, on the other hand, involves a weight shift and a change of direction. When a horse shifts his weight from one side of his body to the other and starts to leave the track he

Balance of form refers to how weight is distributed among the body parts — forehand to hindquarters and left to right. Balanced movement is characterized by harmonious steady movement. Just as with people, some horses are born with natural balance while others must develop it. Although conformation plays a large role in balance, a poster-perfect horse that strikes a fine picture at a standstill may or may not move in balance. Beauty is as beauty does. Proprioceptive Sense With athletes

testing of, 149 balking separation anxiety and, 21 as sourness behavior, 86 barn-sour, 17–18, 24–25 bathing, no fear of, 63 bending handedness in, 127–128 lateral bending, 125–128 overview of, 122, 125 turning vs., 126 blind spots, fear and, 10–11 body language, yielding and, 104 bolting, 47 boredom, attention and, 84, 87, 90 bribery, feeding as, 27 bridles familiarity with, 53 sourness and, 89 buddy-bound, 17–18, 23–24 C calmness, rewarding, 24 canter, detecting

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