Sample Our Newsletter From "Four Things You Need to Train Your Horse," Issue 1, part 1 of our FREE monthly newsletter
Re: horse behavior problems
Training a horse is pretty simple. It's four things: motivator, spot, direction, reward. That's all training a horse is. First, motivation. Do you have a job? What if I asked you to quit your job? What if I said I was going to hire you and give you two bucks an hour. Would you do it? Working with a horse is very similar. You're asking the horse to quit his job and come work for you. His job as you begin training is to get out of that arena as fast as he can, or to get back to that stall or to a buddy horse or find food. They have all kinds of jobs - and their jobs keep changing.
Our job is to create a motivator that causes the horse to quit his job and come work for us. Quit trying to get out of the gate; quit trying to get to the other horse. Quit trying to pick up your left lead and come work for me. Some horses you can hire for two bucks an hour and some will cost you forty. That's just the way it happens. Some horses you really gotta motivate; you gotta say, "No, I really want you to come work for me."
This book answers your questions about hos horses think, learn and react. It offers over 400 pages of problem solving.
Horses have a language and a logic all their own, but humans can learn to understand what they are saying. Using a question-and answer format and drawing on real-life case studies, equine behavior expert Jessica Jahiel, Ph.D., explains how a horse thinks and learns, why it acts as it does, and how you should respond.
Here are answers to 101 common horse behavior problems including:
• How to handle a frightened or untrained horse
• What to do with a horse that kicks, rears, bucks, or bites
• How to help a horse that is head-shy, afraid of the vet, or unwilling to stand for the farrier
• How to help older horses get rid of bad habits and keep young ones from developing them
The list goes on and on. Chapters include:
• Catching and Leading
• Grooming and Handling
• Vet and Farrier Visits
• Tacking Up
• Moving While the Rider Mounts
• Shying and Spooking
• Herd-Bound, Buddy Sour
• Tying and Cross-Tying
• Herd Behavior and Turnout
• Trailers: Getting in, Staying in, Getting Out
• At the Show or Clinic (topics in this chapter like: Nervous wreck at shows, etc.)
• Mares and Foals, Stallions, and Geldings
"We owe it to our horses to become educated, to find that `manual' that helps us understand the wonderful possibilities that exist between horse and rider. Jessica Jahiel has masterfully created one such book."
- MOIRA C. HARRIS, from the Foreword
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