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Natural Horsemanship

Teach your horse to stand still for the vet and farrier. By Julie Goodnight with Heidi Melocco 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...

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...

Slow Down a Fast Horse

You should be able to walk, trot and canter your horse on a loose rein in the arena and on the trail without him going any faster than the gait you set him at. A horse that jigs and goes...

Dealing with the Lazy Horse

Riding a horse that refuses to go forward is like having a Ferrari with no gas pedal; sure, it's nice to look at, but it's absolutely useless. I teach horses to move forward off my legs using three separate...
Regardless of age or background, I begin all horses’ training in the round pen. As far as I’m concerned, the round pen is the safest area for you and your horse to initially build a relationship because you’re not...
This exercise teaches your horse to lead forward and turn left and right in response to gentle pressure to his muzzle. A lot of horses are defensive about being touched around their muzzles and faces in general. Getting the...
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