Putting Your Horse First With some Of The Best Horse Training Tips Available Today
Is Your Horse Getting Out Of Hand Or You Might Feel That Someone Is Going To Get Hurt? With that being said I hope these articles about horse training will help you in your endeavors and your techniques. Now lets find one for your specific needs. (Ah but first Think about this in all that you try to accomplish.)
An Important Horse Training Principle
Lots of folks say you shouldnt project human thoughts towards the horse because they dont see things from the human perspective. But..its always good to teach horse training and understanding by putting it in human terms.
With that being said lets talk a minute about the horse learning and looking at it using the human perspective. Its a known fact that us humans do not like discomfort we move towards pleasure and try to at all costs to excape pain, discomfort or whatever negative feelings are affecting us
If we put on a set of new boots and they dont feel very good we are able to either get another pair or put on something else. Discomfort is the motivator to look for comfort thats why we seek pleasure in all of our horse training.
If you approach a stoplight you’ll always go to the line with the least amount of traffic. Why? I dont know that I know its more comforting to have all those cars behind you rather than in front of you.
My wife likes to drive behind semis she says she doesnt but she just will stay there for miles. I like to pass the semis. I cannot stand to drive and not see the road ahead of me
Let me give you one more example : Lets say its a bright sunny day do you put on sunglasses to minimize the sunlight piercing into your eyes? Sunglasses create a comfort zone by relieving the pain of the bright light. You get my drift now
OK so I made my case that we always go towards comfort and avoid this
Horse training is much the same way. You know the ol’ saying of pressure and release to teach a horse something, right? I use the the release of pressure that teaches the horse that is the comfort zone that theyre looking for. Since the release, thats comfort part it is therefore the part they seek. You can teach a horse to take the reins from you by over pulling and or not releasing very quickly. They can be taught to pull back and take the reins from your hands creating a bad habit in the horse .
Once hes done that youll eventually get release the comfort hes looking for because the rider gave up the reins thats comforting to the horse
When the pressure is applied, and the horse gives, then we have to give back. The horse gives us a good “give” and we have to give back.”.
Discomfort and comfort are used other ways too.
Lets say you have a horse that you cant catch.
You can put your horse in the round pen in hand and move him forward . Stop his movement and go to him if he starts to look away and or move away from you stop back up to the middle and start over again. Move him forward at good pace for several turns around the round pen stop him approach him again if he stays and looks at you can walk to him and pet him if he continues to move forward or away from you stop and go back to the middle and start over again.
Once he figures out that you are not going to hurt him and that you will only pet him when you are able to touch him he will stay in place from that point forward you need to teach him to come to you thats when we began to turn our backs on him. When we stop him listen for sound behind you can turn around and see if hes taken a step or two torwards you that is the beginning of him learning to come to you.
Keep this up for a week or so and if you can either put him in his stall or if he is an outside horse let him remain in the round pen until the point of which when you walk out to the round pen he comes to greet you at the gate and you can go ahead and turn him loose in the pasture.
One of the things that I like to do is each time I go outside to the horses in the pasture I whistle to them so they know that Im coming.
I also use grain but just very little if you continue with this youll have all your horses coming to you on any given day.
I hope you enjoyed the lesson if you need more insight to this training method please feel free to e-mail or call me at any time thank you.
Which Is Easier? Preventing A Horse’s Bad Habit Or Curing It?
If you own a horse that has a bad habit like biting, kicking, shying, bolting, halter pulling, etc. – it’s a good idea to look at how that happened.
Often, horse owners allow it to happen because, frankly, they honestly didn’t know any better.
You’re loading a horse into a trailer and just as you get 3 feet from it he starts pulling back.
Quickly, the horse wins the tug of war.
So you walk him away from the trailer in a small circle and try it again.
But this time he backs away from the trailer sooner…say…6 feet from it.
So, you walk him away from the trailer in another small circle and try it yet again.
This time the horse pulls back 10 feet from the trailer.
Then you ask yourself, “Why is he doing this – and why is it getting worse?”
You have just experienced human training and have left horse training and have added a bad habit.
This happened to me years ago when I first tried to get my horse into a trailer.
When I let her win she saw she could do as she pleased – and fairly quickly a bad habit started. And that was because my horse knew she could resist.
How did she know she could resist? Because she experienced it.
Well, I later learned how to get horses in a trailer. But when I went to get the resis- tant horse in the trailer it took a lot longer because she knew she could resist me from before.
One of the lessons I learned from this is this:
If you want your horse to do (or not do) something make sure you are in a position to make it happen. If you’re not, don’t try to force it because if your horse sees you can’t make him do it…he’ll use that critical piece of experience and resist you even harder the next time you attempt it.
Thus, if you’re teaching Mr. Horse something and you’re not in a position to make him do it (or make him stop doing it) then recognize that immediately and don’t try to force it.
Little do these horse owners know they taught their horse to resist them.
Many just get off their horse, put away the saddle, and let the horse win.
Never mind the cure for barnsourness. What about preventing it from happening in the first place.
It starts with getting a horse’s con- fidence and obedience mixed with solid horse training.
The horse should be obedient to do what one asks. When you wanna ride out from the barn the horse should obediently do it. This obedience comes from your ground work and working with the horse.
But even an obedient and willing horse may attempt to go back to the barn – even though he’s not confirmed in the habit.
THAT! you can prevent pretty eaisly. But if a horse habitually wins, then you have to make a cure.
Thus, the lesson is prevention. It’s a lot easier than curing.
Talk to ya later.