Sample Our Newsletter From "How Do I Get My Horse's Attention?," Issue 1, part 2 of our FREE monthly newsletter
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I could walk by my horse all day and he doesn't have to even recognize that I'm here - and it would be a waste of my time to ask him to do anything. But if I took a stick and started poking him, then all of a sudden it becomes a whole lot more important to the horse that "I'm here." When you ask a horse to do something, a lot of other things are going to draw his attention and it's important that you become more important, no matter what it takes. The horse has to fully recognize that you're there. That's important, otherwise, you can't get to the next step: You can't get him to respond in a certain way.
"You've all heard that you want to get your horse's attention first. That's nonsense. We don't care about the horse's attention; we really don't. I don't expect the horse to think about me before he does something. Have you ever been on a trail ride with your horse when the horse did everything you wanted him to do? What were you doing? You were looking around, talking to people, enjoying the ride. Did you care for even one moment what your horse was thinking? No, you didn't, because he was doing exactly what you were asking him to do. You didn't care what he was thinking because...
The Trail Riding Series from John Lyons is a DVD collection offering a broad overview of topics including ground work, riding and performance segments. "Ground Work" segments cover issues relating to ground behavior; "Riding" for cues, exercises, and manners from the horse's back; and "Performance" segments for some advanced cues, maneuvers and rein control.
Each part is designed to introduce training tips and ideas to improve your skills. This six-hour collection is an excellent introduction to numerous subjects such as:
Catching Your Horse • Calm Down Cue • Bridling • Overcoming Rider Fear • Directional Control • Turning Your Horse Out • Buddy Sour Behavior • Giving to the Bit • Stopping and Shoulder Control.
Standing Still for Mounting • Kicking on the Trail • Turns on the Forehand • Biting Horses • Riding with Other Horses• Hip Control • Pecking Order • Speed Control • Picking Up Leads • Go Forward Cue • Eating on the Trail • Understanding the Reins-to-Feet Connection
Leading • Spooking • Collection • Crossing Obstacles • Sidepassing • Rollbacks • Jigging • Collected Stop • Riding Up and Down Hills • Crossing Water and Transitions
Special bonus: John explains the development, proper use and benefits of his Round Pen.
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