Scared horses understood

Chapter Three Working with scared horses Horses who have learned to view human contact with terror are relatively easy to reach with a patient, consistent, and confident approach. It takes time, but teaching these over-reactive mounts to calm down and gain courage is certainly doable if the handler offers assurance through kind, safe, and steady guidance. The biggest issue with these horses is not the initial concern, but the escalated craziness that occurs as they anticipate the punishment for their…


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Excerpt from Turning Challenging Horses Into Willing Partners

Most of the prior book excerpts featured on this blog were culled from Section Three, Tips from the Trenches. These snipets spotlighted perspectives, tips and stories from a variety of trainers from a diverse array of disciplines. In the coming weeks, we’ll feature the stories of real horses and how challenges were met and resolved (or not). Below is the introduction to this section.      Section Two Developing a work plan Stories can help make learning easier. This is especially…


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What you’ll find in Turning Challenging Horses Into Willing Partners

Excerpt from Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners due for release winter, 2010 Table of Contents Glossary Section I: Starting from a position of knowledge Chapter 1: The Challenge Chapter 2: Identifying the root of the challenge Section II: Developing a work plan Chapter 3: Working with scared horses Chapter 4: Turning mean to green Chapter 5: An A for effort comes with Alphas Chapter 6: Encouraging a timid equine Chapter 7: Turning a sour mount Chapter 8: Sometimes they’re…


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Preface to first Horse Sense and Cents book title

This is a sneak peak excerpt from the first title of the Horse Sense and Cents series title, Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners, due for public release in February, 2010. PREFACE There’s something to be said for learning from the wisdom — and mistakes — forged by others before you. The Horse Sense and Cents™ series is intended to help the novice identify problems and potential solutions, including solutions that may require professional assistance. The books are also designed…


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Fleur Bryan offers colorful Irish perspective

Excerpt from Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners due for release winter, 2010 Handling the crazies “I spend a lot of time bonding with any horse, but especially one that has been started badly. I’ve had some that are so messed up you can’t even catch them in the stall. I’ll stand in the corner of their stall holding their feed bucket and won’t move until they come and eat. Some won’t come near me for hours, but eventually they’ll…


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Finding and making Grand Prix jumpers

Excerpt from Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners due for release winter, 2010 Hunter Challenge “Some show hunters are better if they never see the ring. Others won’t jump the third fence if they don’t get in and hack around. Both can be winners. The one that’s the innate jumper, the one that likes to go out and jump the new jumps, is going to be more successful. A horse that must be longed and hacked prior to going into…


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Claire Hunter’s Quick Tools and Tips

Excerpt from Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners due for release winter, 2010 Long lining: “Long lining is an amazing tool that I use with every horse that comes through my program.” Round pen: “I use a round pen occasionally when I have a horse come in that has respect issues and needs to learn about ‘my space, your space’ commands and demands.” Free Jumping: “I like to teach all young horses to free jump loose before jumping under saddle….


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Horse Training tips from Kathy O’Neal’s down home perspective

Excerpt from Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners due for release winter, 2010 Defusing fear: Kathy notes she’s been trying to “engage horses’ brains more lately” by doing something as simple as walking over poles, or by rubbing them with a sack full of noisy items. “This makes horses think twice about running when they face a new situation. Of course, the horse’s first desire when they’re scared is to run,” she explains. Reprimands: “If you do have to correct…


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Robert Fera on stallion training and management

Excerpt from Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners due for release winter, 2010 Editor’s note: Robert is currently working on the upcoming Horse Sense and Cents™ title, Bringing Up Baby. Look for future blog posts that invite you to view this work in progress and provide input on content direction. Dominance to the Extreme “I had one stallion in here for collections that was showing at a very high level and had shown internationally. He showed up with a note…


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Horse training seen through the mature eyes of young Kels Bonham

Excerpt from Turning Challenging Horses into Willing Partners due for release February, 2010 What Problem? “I haven’t really considered any of the horses we’ve gotten to be a problem,” Kels explains. “I’ve never had one that’s been vicious, a terrible stopper, or hard to control. I might have had minor issues to address like sourness, or boredom where they do not want to do one particular thing like lead changes, but I don’t think we’ve had one that’s been that…


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