training

A spooky horse presents considerable risk to a rider. Many serious accidents occur when a horse reacts negatively to something unfamiliar. Using natural horsemanship techniques you can teach a horse to be brave through any challenge. Putting the time and effort into de-spooking is well worth it. De-spooked horses are safer and more enjoyable to ride. Prior to Training Saddle your horse with your usual saddle and bridle. Do not forget to put on a helmet. Mount and warm your horse up as normal. Be sure your horse is responding to all of your cues. Ask the horse to turn to the left and right and...
If you’ve ridden a horse that acted up when you asked them to go away from the barn, then you have experienced a barn sour horse. Being barn sour is not only a potentially dangerous habit, it’s also one of the hardest vices to cure. A horse can be broke of the habit or behavior, but frankly the potential to regress is always there and requires maintenance instead of a training session. The barn is the place where a horse gets attention and rest. It’s also the place where they usually get to quit. If your horse is stalled it’s also the place where they get fed. On the flip side, the arena or...
Conditioning is the key to avoiding injuries in the competition arena. If your horse is prime condition, not only are they going to perform better but you’ll also avoid injuries that can come with the stresses of performing. Check with your vet first to make sure your horse is healthy and sound enough to begin a performance conditioning program. Your vet can help you determine what weaknesses your horse may have that may need special consideration. Ask your vet to give you a true assessment of your horse’s condition so that can develop a training routine. Conditioning is not only about...
Horse practice
There is nothing cuter than a young foal. We all love to pet them and watch them frolic in the pasture or pen. When they’re small and curious they seem innocent enough. However, let that foal get hurt so that it needs doctoring and it’s a totally different story. You quickly find out that a foal that supposedly doesn’t weigh that much can definitely drag you all over the place. This is why it’s so important to get young horses halter trained as soon as possible. The best place to work with a young foal is in the stall with its mother. This way you can keep the foal close and control its...
Finding the right trainer for your horse can be a nightmare. Stories about horse owners that have been taken advantage of or had their horses ruined by supposed horse trainers are plentiful. It’s understandable why horse owners hesitate to send their beloved animal off for training. How do you rule out a poor trainer and how do you know a trainer is right for your horse? After all, some of the training horror stories are not perpetrated by complete strangers but people the owners may have known for years. If a friend is already a risk, then sending your horse to a complete stranger is even...
The definition of a vice is behavior that is immoral or wicked. You do not have to be around horses terribly long to realize that a horse that an ill behaving horse is not terribly fun to be around. Not only do vices create manageability problems, but they also promote dangerous behavior. Vices develop over time and become habitual. Training unhealthy habits out of horses takes time and patience. Work horses in short sessions and always end the lesson on a positive note. The job of correcting vices should be left to only trained and confident horse handlers. Barn Sour Horse A barn sour...