Why The Horse's Eye's Are So Important When Training Him!

Written by Andy Curry


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If you're working with a horse that's cunning and known to run over people then you rarely want to lose eye contact with this horse. Sometimes when you look away for just a second he knows it's his chance to charge at you. But keeping eye contact helps minimize that possibility.

Although a horse's ears are part ofrepparttar plan.repparttar 125805 eyes are howrepparttar 125806 horse interprets his world. The horse gladly desires to approach an object or person that has caused him pleasure. Likewise, he runs from objects or persons that cause him pain. (Pain could be a number of things like work, misuse of aids such as spurs, being talked to in an abrasive manner, etc.)

Lots of horse owners get discouraged with their horse because they develop bad habits. One particular habit is kicking. I once read a great book on horses and it said this about kicking:

If a horse kicks at a man and sees he inspiredrepparttar 125807 man with fear and makes him draw back, he will remember this and kick any man who goes near him whom he fears or hasrepparttar 125808 memory of displeasure with.

Noterepparttar 125809 author said "...and see he inspiredrepparttar 125810 man with fear". The point isrepparttar 125811 horse "saw"repparttar 125812 man was inspired with fear. The horse used one of his greatest tools...his eyes. If a man shows no fear and knows how to handle a kicker,repparttar 125813 horse will "see" he cannot inspire fear inrepparttar 125814 man and be less apt to kick (although, if confirmed inrepparttar 125815 habit of kicking, it may require several training sessions to eradicate this fromrepparttar 125816 horse's memory).

In short,repparttar 125817 eyes arerepparttar 125818 mirror ofrepparttar 125819 horse's mind. Quiet eyes indicate quietness and sincerity. Quick and lively eye indicate vivacity. Restless eyes turning in all directions indicate suspicion and showrepparttar 125820 horse is studying all around him and may perhaps be preparing some freak of self will. Turbid eyes indicate fear or anger.

There's a proverb that tells us not to trustrepparttar 125821 horse that showsrepparttar 125822 white of his eyes. Perhaps it's becauserepparttar 125823 white shows when he's looking sideways and he's intent on seizingrepparttar 125824 moment when no attention is being paid for escape or attack.

I could go on aboutrepparttar 125825 eyes but this hopefully gives you a great idea as to how importantrepparttar 125826 horse's eyes are. Make it a habit to continually watchrepparttar 125827 horse's eyes. Learn what he is thinking by learning his eyes.



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 Top 3 Tricks Horse Owners Can Use To Unspoil A Barn Sour Horse

Written by Andy Curry


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The first seven times she ran back. Each time we came back torepparttar barn weíd run more laps aroundrepparttar 125804 hay stacks. I could tell she was getting tired. Butrepparttar 125805 eighth time I walked her away fromrepparttar 125806 hay stacks I noticed she went quite a ways before turning to go back.

When we went back again we ran more figure eights. Only this time I could tell we didnít have to do too many. I walked her out and away from doingrepparttar 125807 figure eights and I suddenly had a horse who decided that it was sooo much nicer going for a walk away fromrepparttar 125808 barn rather than doing a bunch of crummy olí figure eights. We had a nice ride that day and she was in no hurry to get home.

The last thing to do is this: Ride. Ride a lot. Donít wait for weeks or months in between riding. Try to ride at least once per week for three or four hours. Preferably, try to ride at least twice a week for a few hours at a time. (Ideally, you should ride everyday. But thatís hard to do with todayís time constraints) Doing that your horse will get in his brain that youíre going to ride and heís going to leaverepparttar 125809 barn and there will be no argument. In fact, if you want to have a great horserepparttar 125810 biggest secret is this: Riderepparttar 125811 heck out him!

So if your horse is barn spoiled you can try doubling him to show you are in control. The next thing you can try is makingrepparttar 125812 wrong thing difficult andrepparttar 125813 right thing easy. Make it dang hard for him to gorepparttar 125814 wrong thing and very pleasant to dorepparttar 125815 right thing. And lastly, ride your horse often. Two to three times a week if possible.



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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