Sample Our Newsletter From "Four Things You Need to Train Your Horse," Issue 1, part 1 of our FREE monthly newsletter
Re: horse owner resource
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."
Training horses is easier than most people think. Because horses are so forgiving and adaptable, they adjust their behavior when training becomes consistent.
However, in order for the requests and rewards to make sense to the horse, the trainer needs a lesson plan. In this book, we'll give you the tools and the lesson plans you need, beginning in the round pen, the horse's first classroom.
• Choosing a Round Pen
• Getting Started in the Round Pen
• Sacking Out
• First-Saddling Essentials
• Spook in Place
• First Ride
• The Don't Shy Cue
• A Horse's Attention: The Last Thing You'll Get (First comes the rider's concentration, then the rider's consistency, then the horse's performance and finally the horse's attention.)
• Sweetie Pie and J. Seezher (Why horses kick each other on the trail, what you can do to see it coming and prevent it.)
• Why a Snaffle Bit (Why we recommend a full cheek snaffle bit)
• A Rear-Ending Lesson (Teach your horse to put his head - and his feet - down, without endangering yourself by getting on his back.)
• When Trail Riding Isn't Fun (What do you do if you have "performance problems" on the trail but don't have a trainer, arena or round pen to work in?)
• Checking Out a Trailer (John's recommendation about safety features and convenience in horse trailers.)
• Trailer Loading 101
• Eliminate Escape Options (How to fine-tune trailer loading and how to improve your horse's ground-handling manners in the process.)
• Trailer Dilemmas (dealing with problems that develop after your horse has learned to load)
Real stories about real people and their horses:
• "Te" was afraid of people and hadn't been handled since he was a weanling
• World-class driver Keady Cadwell improves communication with her horses using Lyons' techniques
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