How To Get Your Horse To Obey You And Look To You For Instuction

Written by Andy Cirru

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Slow movements tend to draw one horse to another. Horses express calmness with relaxed, slow steps. This is how they welcome other horses in their space.

If a horse is trying to show you heísrepparttar General you may see a clamped-down tail with pinned ears. To get him to accept you asrepparttar 125786 General you will move him out of his space. You do this by matching any quick moves he makes with your own quick moves. The trick is to makerepparttar 125787 first strike before he does.

One way to do this is with a quick arm movement towards him Ė almost like youíre violently shooing away some pesky flies. Also, you can use an aggressive tone of voice towards a horse if heís being aggressive.

How can you tell if heís conceding to you? If he turns his head or drops it, relaxes his tail, begins chewing, or takes a deep breath, then thatís how you know. If any of these happen heís saying, ďOkay, Iíll do what you say because I want to listen to you.Ē Pay attention to these clues that tell you your horse is inrepparttar 125788 Private mode (the follower) instead ofrepparttar 125789 General mode.

When you go intorepparttar 125790 round pen to work with your horse first check to see how he responds to you. If he rubs his head on you or swings his rear end toward you then heís challenging your position inrepparttar 125791 pecking order. If youíre with a horse thatís not dominant you want to make sure he has confidence. Thus, be very careful not to be threatening.

Andy Curry is a nationally known horse trainer and author of several best selling horse training and horse care books. For information visit his website at He is also the leading expert on Jesse Beery's horse training methods which can be seen at

Who's Fault Is It When The Horse Has A Bad Habit?

Written by Andy Curry

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So what you must do is keep this in mind and help your horse deal with it. How you help him deal with it is treating him kindly whenrepparttar wagon doesn't move.

Thus, when you're inrepparttar 125785 wagon and he steps to move butrepparttar 125786 wagon holds him back, you should get out ofrepparttar 125787 wagon and go caress him. It may sound funny, but tell him you know this is a little difficult but that he can do it. Do it in a soothing tone.

Why tell him he can do it? Does he really understand words? No. I'm simply saying you must be sympathetic with your horse. Talking to him like this will help you be sympathetic and talk soothingly to him.

Being kind to your horse like this helps his confidence. It keeps him from getting confused and thus frightened - or at least it minimizes it. It's a big key to getting him to pull that wagon.

You see, when he pulls on that wagonrepparttar 125788 first time and he can't move as freely as he's used to, then it's confusing and frightening to him. Ifrepparttar 125789 handler is behind him yelling and striking him onrepparttar 125790 rump with a stick or whip then it's going to frighten and confuse him worse. Soon, he'll be so overwhelmed with confusion and fright that his senses will get blunted and won't do anything. He'll simply freeze.

That's why you want treat your horse kindly when he doesn't instantly pullrepparttar 125791 wagon. He needs reassured because he's a bit confused and frightened.

That, in a nut shell, is how a horse learns to balk.

But what about bucking, bolts, biting, spooking, kicking, and others?

Again, it's mismanagement. The horse doesn't arrive in this world with those habits. They are learned - particularly through bad handling.

The key to knowing how to stop a bad habit is to prevent it inrepparttar 125792 first place. You learn to prevent it from educating yourself aboutrepparttar 125793 do's andrepparttar 125794 don'ts of horse training.

But if you have a horse confirmed inrepparttar 125795 habit from either your handling or fromrepparttar 125796 previous owner, then it takes stronger measures to stop it.

There is a horse training manual written inrepparttar 125797 1800's that includes cures to stop bad habits and vices likerepparttar 125798 ones I mentioned earlier. The book was written by Jesse Beery. He was a famous horse trainer.

If your horse has a bad habit and you don't know how to change it then this book is your magical answer. It has directions to stop AND prevent bad habits. The instructions are so detailed and thorough it's like reading a recipe.

The other alternative is to take your horse to a horse trainer. You'll spend from $400.00 to $900.00 per month to fixrepparttar 125799 habit (ifrepparttar 125800 trainer thinks he can fix it). Or, you could (and should) learn how to do fixrepparttar 125801 problem yourself. If you're going to be a responsible horse owner, you should learn all you can and Jesse Beery's information is one ofrepparttar 125802 bible's ofrepparttar 125803 industry.

Andy Curry is a nationally known horse trainer and author of several best selling horse training and horse care books. For information visit his website at He is also the leading expert on Jesse Beery's horse training methods which can be seen at

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