Training and Handling Horses

The Training Guide: Here you will find articles and tutorials for your basic training needs.

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...
Breaking a horse can be rewarding experience. It’s also a huge responsibility. Good or bad, a horse takes those first rides with them throughout their lifetime. In addition to being a serious responsibility, breaking horses is also very dangerous. There’s no guarantee how a horse will react even with proper training and preparation. No one method is an absolute guarantee that a horse won’t react violently when ridden the first time. It goes without saying that if you’ve never broken a horse, be sure to get the help of a trainer or friend who is very experienced with breaking. An outside eye...
One of the most popular events in Western competition, halter showmanship is not as easy as it looks. Although it may seem as though the handler is simply leading a pretty horse into the ring, it is truly more complicated. The horse must be well groomed, have excellent conformation and demonstrate competence in particular maneuvers. There are six basic maneuvers performed in the showmanship ring; leading at a walk, jog and trot, stopping, backing, pivoting, and setting up. Once your horse becomes skilled in these maneuvers you are ready for the ring, Remember, training takes patience and time...
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...

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