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Home Riding and Training Natural Horsemanship

Natural Horsemanship

Hand-feeding your horse will make him mouthy, disrespectful, and dangerous! This conventional rule of horsemanship has been taught for years. In truth, many horses accept food without a hint of adverse behavior. Some do become overly excited when tempted by...
Horses are sensitive, but also easy to desensitize. With anything new, a horse will likely react at first. That’s his prey-animal reaction to anything new that could be a threat. Within a split second, horses must decide whether they...
Some riders hop on and never think of working from the ground before proceeding with mounted work. Other riders swear by their routines—long lists of groundwork patterns that must be done before getting in the saddle. Which plan is right?...
When an emergency is happening, it’s too late to train your horse to cooperate with the veterinarian. It’s frustrating for everyone involved when your horse nervously pulls away, dodges his head or steps away when the veterinarian is attempting...

Equine Motivation

When you train a horse, it’s all about making him feel comfortable when he does the right thing and less so when he does the wrong thing. That training philosophy is based on the horse’s motivation. Horses aren’t motivated by...
Q: Knowing my horses and which is more dominant, should I feed in a specific order at feeding time and turn them out in a certain order? A: The pecking order of your herd matters, and it’s helpful to...
Q: How can I get my horse to longe or go around the round pen in a complete circle? He keeps cutting in to the middle and making his circles too small. A: Cutting in is a common occurrence...
A horse that jigs and goes too fast is frustrating to deal with and no fun to ride. If you feel like you’re in a constant battle with your horse to slow down his feet, a great exercise to...
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