How To Train A Horse

How To Train A Horse

Tips for New Horse Owners

Owning a horse is a great experience, but also a big responsibility as proper care and provision for the needs of the horse lie solely with you as the owner as your new horse cannot schedule farrier appointments or provide itself with water and feed. The following are a few things to take into account when you have a new horse, both before you get him home and once he is living with you.


Provide the right accommodation
Horses in the wild will grow a thick coat for winter and shed it over the summer, depending on the climate where they live. If you have a horse that still grows a thick winter coat then you may want to clip it over the winter so that you can exercise him without getting too sweaty and risking a chill. If you intend to clip your horse you will need to provide rugs and shelter over the winter months if you live in a cool climate, and if you do not the shelter from rain will be needed anyway, as well as shade from a hot sun. If you plan for your horse to live in a stable then you will still need space for him to go out and exercise when you cannot ride; horses love company and generally prefer to be turned out than kept in.

Get supplies ready
If you have a paddock with good grass then your horse will not need much extra feed over the summer, but in the winter when there is little grass then all horses will need extra feed, even if it is just hay. Horses that are working hard will need extra energy in the form of hard food; the easiest way to provide this is with a ready mixed feed that is designed to give the right combination of energy and other vitamins and fiber that your horse needs. You can consult your vet or feed merchant if you are unsure as to what to give your horse; the general rule is to spread across many small feeds as horses are grazers and their digestion is designed to eat little and often. You should also have a basic first aid kit ready to deal with small cuts and grazes, and a grooming kit to keep your horse tidy and parasite free
Call on the professionals
Your horse will need vaccinations and worming, as well as their teeth checking on a fairly regular basis so you should register with a vet if you do not already have one. A farrier will be required to keep your horses feet trimmed even if they are not going to be wearing shoes; this depends on the work they will be doing and the surface that you ride on, your farrier will be able to offer advice.
Owning a horse can be great fun, but you must remember that they cannot supply their own basic needs and you should always make sure they have access to shelter and fresh water, as well as appropriate food and entertainment.

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Horse Training the Archer Way

Horse Training the Archer Way

You need to be an advanced horseman to attempt this type of training.

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Training the Sport Horse

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Written by one of the most respected riders and trainers in the world, this book is a comprehensive guide to training the horse and rider for all disciplines, from novice to advanced levels. Destined to become a training classic, this important work includes information on building a partnership with the horse through touch and communication; biomechanics; basic training exercises; riding and walking tests and courses; problem solving; and mental preparation for competition.

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Wild Thing (Winnie the Horse Gentler, Book 1)

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Twelve-year-old Winnie Willis has a way with horses. She can gentle the wildest mare, but other parts of her life don't always come as easily. Along with her dad and sister, Lizzy, Winnie is learning how to live without her mom, who was also a natural horse gentler. As Winnie teaches her horses about unconditional love and blind trust, God shows Winnie that he can be trusted too. Readers will be hooked on the series' vivid characters, whose quirky personalities fill Winnie's life with friendship and adventure.

In #1 Wild Thing, Winnie's fearful heart finally begins to trust God again as she tries to gentle the horse of her dreams, Wild Thing.

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Whole Heart, Whole Horse: Building Trust Between Horse and Rider

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Many horse trainers, even those who claim to follow the so-called natural horsemanship approach, take the position that horses that fail to obey a human's request are doing so as much out of perversity as ignorance. That's not Mark Rashid's view. In his words, "If we understand that horses can't separate the way they feel from the way they act, then we can start to see that unwanted behavior isn't bad behavior at all. More times than not it's just the horse expressing the way he feels at that particular moment in time."

Whole Heart, Whole Horse focuses on this idea, covering such subjects as gathering information from the horse; turning rider/trainer mistakes into positive experiences; developing realistic boundaries between you and your horse; understanding how and why horses release energy from real or perceived traumas; and reaching a comfortable balance point between horse and rider. Rashid analyzes developing softness, consistency, dependability, trust, and peace of mind in both horses and humans, as well as how to become a leader whom your horse will willingly want to follow and work with.
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101 Ranch Horse Tips: Techniques For Training The Working Cow Horse (101 Tips)

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A well-trained, responsive, and intelligent working cow horse is more than just a pleasure to ride or watch in action; such an animal is an integral part–a prized employee, if you will–of a ranch's workforce. How to find and then educate the horse to work cattle in pens and on the range, to negotiate a variety of terrains, and perform all the other tasks it will be asked to do (under a variety of often adverse conditions) is the subject of this handy guide.

For example: Being able to open a gate from horseback is a mandatory job for any cowboy. A good place to introduce the young horse to this experience is by using a gate set up as part of an obstacle course. It is desirable and safer if the gate can swing freely and is without any attachments. Start by simply walking your horse through the gate when it's open. Reaching down and gently swinging the gate as you pass through it is the next step. If your horse is a little spooked by your reaching down, be aware that horses are naturally afraid of tight places. Once your horse can pass through an open gate, then attempt to open a closed gate. Be sure your horse fully understands your hand and leg cues before attempting this step, because he must be able to move off your leg to stand next to the fence, move toward the fence as it swings open to let you pass through, and then move around so you can close it.
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Building Your Own Jumps and Jump Courses At Home

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Imagine having a complete course of jumps set up and ready for you to use whenever you want, without spending a small fortune. And wouldn’t it be great if you had some starter courses that you could refer to, and set up? Creating your own horse jumps and courses is easy with this information filled manual. With hundreds of full color photos, diagrams, and tables, Building Your Own Jumps and Jump Courses At Home shows step by step detailed instructions of how to tackle building your very own jumps. There are also course diagrams that connect with each chapter, breaking down how to use the jumps and equipment that you create. This book will show you how to build and finish: • Jump standards • Gates • Planks • Brush Boxes • Walls • Flower Boxes • 8’ and 10’ jump rails Everything you will need to get started making a complete course for using at your home, or barn. There are also extras, showing you how to complete projects you can use for your tack room too. And once you have mastered the art of building jumps, then courses throughout the book will guide you to using those jumps, and even has a 6 week plan for conditioning your horse. With full color photographs throughout this book to make the steps easy to understand, and complete.

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Seeing Through the Eyes of the Horse

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Nancy (Smith) Kasovich's life with horses and what she has to share from eighty years of riding, training and living. Her early years were spent watching and riding with top horsemen of all disciplines in the San Francisco Bay Area. She was from an era when training was an art which was acknowledged to take time and patience in order to develop a finished horse. "Early lessons of learning to see through the eyes of the horse shaped my future approach in training, (and living.) Learning what makes the horse happy, not just what makes the horse perform, is a very important key to successful training. Training is the development of the horse's mind and will. Simplicity is what makes a good horseman. Training is applied for the horse's development and not for the sake of the trainer's ego."

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Clicker training for horses: Foundation Lessons

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Clicker training works just as well for horses as it does for other animals that can be clicker trained. This is because the clicker is a clear ‘Yes!’ signal that tells the horse that he has just performed correctly and that a reward is on its way. Horses love to know when they have done so. This is why clicker training is so successful with them.

Clicker training is often thought of as trick training, and that's one fun application. What isn't so well known is that it has been used successfully to resolve problem behaviours such as refusing to load into a horse box, or being difficult to catch. It's even been applied in competition circles, to refine training and turn on enthusiasm in Olympic level horses, both in show jumping and in dressage! Whatever you do with horses, there is a place for the clicker.
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4-H Guide to Training Horses

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Training a horse is one of the biggest challenges a 4-H’r (or any animal lover, for that matter) can take on, and one of the most rewarding. This step-by-step illustrated guide offers the first-time horse trainer straightforward instructions for getting started with a foal, a yearling, or an older horse. With expert advice on safety and equine care, the guide covers the basics of establishing trust and authority, training with a bit, training to drive, training to allow riders, achieving different gaits, reaching definite goals, and breaking an old horse of bad habits. Whether you’re a 4-H’r taking up the project of a lifetime, or someone simply interested in training a horse, this book provides all the information you need to get started–and to succeed.

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Training the Young Horse

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This book shows how international eventer, Pippa Funnell – well known for her ability to get the best out of the youngsters she rides – builds a successful bond with the young horse. Using Pippa's personal experience and specially commissioned photographs of the on-going training of her own horses, every step of the process is covered, from assessing potential and backing through to the first competition and beyond. Every rider, whatever their discipline, wants a rewarding partnership with their horse, and this book will show how to lay the essential early groundwork.

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The Complete Guide to Trick Horse Training or Trickonometry Volume One Carole Fletcher DVD

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Trickonometry includes: Smile, Yes, No, Stretch, Push, Kiss, Put your head on my shoulder, Aren't you ashamed?, Shake hands, Taking, picking up and giving a hat, Count, Pickpocket AND Ring a bell!

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