Which Of These Horse Catching Mistakes Do You Make?

Written by Andy Curry


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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.


The Secrets That Keeps Horses Trainable!

Written by Andy Curry


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Every horse crossedrepparttar water but Gene's. Gene got so upset that his horse wouldn't cross that he began booting his horse inrepparttar 125792 ribs. That poor horse wanted to comply with Gene's request butrepparttar 125793 running water scared him. The horse was spooking.

The horse paced back and forth, occasionally sniffingrepparttar 125794 water but never crossed it. The whole time Gene's legs were wildly kickingrepparttar 125795 horse trying to get him to cross - yetrepparttar 125796 horse remained spooky.

What Gene didn't realize isrepparttar 125797 horse was fearful and needed his help. Anytime a horse is fearful of a place or a thing he should be reassured with pleasant, soothing voice sounds and/or petting him.

If you do what Gene did, you just gave your horse another thing to fear. Not only does that horse fear crossing running water, now he fears he's going to be punished for it. And it's likely that anytimerepparttar 125798 horse comes upon running water both fears will crop up and Gene will have a horse that would like to comply but his instincts are so powerful that he probably won't (unless Gene figures out what to do)

Think of it fromrepparttar 125799 horse's point of view.

You're a horse that cannot reason and you're instincts are self-preservation. What keeps your self-preservation in check isrepparttar 125800 built-in fear. Fear makes you run from danger. Fear is what keeps you alive. If you don't understand something you fear it even more.

Now knowing all that, imagine you'rerepparttar 125801 horse and you're standing atrepparttar 125802 edge ofrepparttar 125803 river. You won't cross it because you think there's danger in it somehow. On top of that, someone is on your back, pissed off and kicking you inrepparttar 125804 ribs because you won't go forward.

Not only are you scared ofrepparttar 125805 water, but now you're getting kicked inrepparttar 125806 ribs and feeling punished. You want to be obedient and go forward but your instinct is too powerful and tells you not to.

It would be like telling a scared child who just saw a scary movie that he had to sleep in his own damn room.

But what if Gene had understood his horse was scared? What if he helped his horse deal with his fear.

How would he do this?

When Gene and his horse approachedrepparttar 125807 water he could have spoke to his horse in a pleasant, soothing manner. Whenrepparttar 125808 horse was getting scared Gene should have recognized it as fear and not as disobedience.

He could have petted his horse to reassure him all is okay. He could have talked to his horse in a pleasant manner. He could have let his horse sniffrepparttar 125809 water and check it out on his own.

Instead,repparttar 125810 horse was now confused, scared, feeling punished, less trusting of his rider, and who knows what else.

But if Gene would've recognizedrepparttar 125811 fear in his horse then he could have helped his horse overcome it. Gene lostrepparttar 125812 awesome opportunity to gain a significant amount ofrepparttar 125813 horse's confidence and friendship in that river scene. Too bad too. That's a beautiful paint horse.



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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