Ground Work & Handling

A Willing Trot in Showmanship

By Lindsay Grice - When your horse resists coming forward you will inspire him to do so by dialing up the level of discomfort and immediately releasing the pressure when he trots. Your timing is the key.

Pat Parelli, natural horsemanship, training foals, working with foals, foal-human interaction at birth, foal imprinting

Although many owners don’t realize it, a horse’s future mental and emotional health can be impacted by the experiences he has during his first few hours of life. Pat Parelli strongly believes that positive contact with a human immediately after birth sets a newborn foal up for a lifetime of partnership and training success.

Stan Walchuk, Jr, trail horse training, off season trail horse, desensitize horse, bomb proof horse, horse trail riding tips, winter horse training

Trail horses are like kids; they need structure, direction, and appropriate discipline. Strong foundation training is built by the exercises and habituation that we provide. Metaphorically speaking, grade one is everything for a trail horse.

Pre-Saddle Training for the Young Horse

By Lindsay Grice - There are quite a few things that horse owners can do at home to assist the training process. Saddling and riding is one more step in the horse’s education (which largely consists of yielding to pressure and counteracting his “fright-flight” instinct).

Jonathan Field, natural horsemanship, Leg Shy Horse, claustrophobic horse, connect with shy horse, rope leading horse, get horse to direct steer, horse leading by his feet, horses working cows

Helping a horse that is fearful and claustrophobic around his legs to become confident and respectful for grooming, veterinary, and farrier work is a delicate process. If done wrong, the result can be a more fearful horse. Horses are flight animals and their legs provide the means for their primary survival tactic.

Lindsay Grice, horse mounting manners, horse manners, horse, mounting block, how to mount horse, horse groundwork

Perhaps because it doesn’t affect one’s mark on the judge’s score card or change a barrel run time, many riders don’t put a lot of thought into teaching their horse to stand still at the mounting block – that is, until it starts to become a bigger problem. Before you find yourself doing a “Butch Cassidy mount-on-the-fly,” spend some time setting boundaries with your horse.

Horse Training Tips, get horse stand quietly when tied, horse standing still in cross ties,

Your horse won't stand still in the cross ties or when tied to the trailer at the horse show. He moves from side to side, back and forth, and paws frantically, damaging his hooves, shoes, and the stable floor. Instead of being able to enjoy some quiet bonding time with him, you rush through the grooming and saddling routine.

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