How To Install An Emergency Brake On Your Horse

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At first your horse wonít be able to touch his nose to his body. So you start with small successes. At first you pull his head back towards you until you get resistance. When you do, holdrepparttar lead rope tension. Donít makerepparttar 125794 tension more or less, simply hold it there. The second he looks back toward you more and creates slack inrepparttar 125795 lead rope, you give him immediate relief and takerepparttar 125796 tension offrepparttar 125797 lead rope completely. Then you tell him what a good boy he is. Pet him too. Let him know thatís just what you wanted.

As you do this, you will want him to bring his head farther and farther back until he begins to touch his nose to his body. Donít try to get him to touch his nose to his body withinrepparttar 125798 first one or two ground sessions. Thatís rushing it and you likely wonít make it happen. This takes time to get your horse to understand what you want him to do.

Remember to do this onrepparttar 125799 other side of your horse too. What your horse can do on his left side, he should be able to do on his right side.

When you have your horse touching his nose to his side, then youíre ready to get on him and test his emergency brake. Get on your horse and go for a test ride. If he starts to run and you donít want him to, grab a rein and pull his head around. Donít jerkrepparttar 125800 reinsÖpull. Then boot him into a circle. When he slows down or stops like you want him to then releaserepparttar 125801 pressure. Remember to do it onrepparttar 125802 left and right reins.

If your horse doesnít easily touch his nose to his body while riding him, then you need to have him practice it more. Also, before you go riding have him touch his nose a few times on each side withrepparttar 125803 bit in his mouth. Doing these things will cinch your riding into a pleasant experience.



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 www.horsetrainingandtips.com. He is also the leading expert on Jesse Beery's horse training methods which can be seen at www.horsetrainingandtips.com/Jesse_Beerya.


Which Of These Horse Catching Mistakes Do You Make?

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Other reasons horses run from their owners is they may lack good training. Another reason is mayberepparttar horse is getting positive reinforcement atrepparttar 125793 wrong time. How can that be? A horse could learn to run from his owner - and if he does he gets a carrot or some kind of temptation AFTER he runs. So how do you stoprepparttar 125794 running and catch your horse?

It depends whyrepparttar 125795 horse runs. If your horse is fearful then you need to get his trust back. You do that by doing positive things with your horse. When you catch him, donít ask him to work. Get out your brush and groom him. Heíll like that. You want him to think of being with you as a pleasant experience Ė one that he wants when he sees you. This is especially crucial if youíre going to take him away from his buddies inrepparttar 125796 herd.

Becauserepparttar 125797 horse feels safe being with his buddies inrepparttar 125798 herd, you must make him feel safe being taken out ofrepparttar 125799 herd. Thus, when you catch him you can groom him and give a good experience to make him feel safe.

A good practice is to put your horse in a small pen and go up to him. Teach him that itís good to be with you. This will give you a good foundation to catch him later when heís in an open field.

Another nifty trick you can do is use lunging to teach your horse to come you. Donít simply run him in boring circles. Have him change directions, go over and through obstacles, etc. Make sure to praise him when he does well and give him rest. Donít run him intorepparttar 125800 ground. If you do, heíll go back to thinking youíre going to make him work real hard.

As youíre lunging him, use commands to get him to do what you want him to do. As you and he get good at this, heíll respond much better to you inrepparttar 125801 open field.

A mistake many people make is chasingrepparttar 125802 horse to try and catch him. You simply canít do it. Theyíre too fast and agile. Not only that, it tends to reinforce a horseís instinct of being preyed upon and they need to get to safetyÖwhich meansÖget away from you.

Sometimes you can use another horse to help you catch a horse by being buddies withrepparttar 125803 horse you donít want to catch. If you go to pet a horse it can sometimes drawrepparttar 125804 horse you want to catch. He may want petted too.

Be sure to never punish a horse once you catch him. First, he wonít know why he got in trouble. And second, itís a great way to get him to NOT want to be with you . If he doesnít want to be with you, he will evade you often.



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 www.horsetrainingandtips.com. He is also the leading expert on Jesse Beery's horse training methods which can be seen at www.horsetrainingandtips.com/Jesse_Beerya.


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