A Horse Training Secret From The 1800's To Teach A Horse To Drive Without Lines!

Written by Andy Curry

Horse owners who are history buffs may recognizerepparttar name Jesse Beery. Beery was an enormously famous horse trainer fromrepparttar 125797 1800's and early 1900's.

He learned to train horses at a very young age. It was clear he had a gift for horse training and made it his life's work.

Amongrepparttar 125798 almost countless things Beery could do with a horse, he taught them tricks. One ofrepparttar 125799 most amazing tricks he taught was teaching a horse to drive without lines. (In layman's terms, you have no long reins (known as lines) connected torepparttar 125800 horse. The only connection torepparttar 125801 horse isrepparttar 125802 buggy hitched torepparttar 125803 horse) This trick almost defies belief!

Beery said this about driving a horse without lines: "While I do not advocate it as being a universally practical way of driving a horse, yet it is possible to so thoroughly trainrepparttar 125804 horse to certain signals that he can be controlled more reliably under excitement and in case of danger than it would be possible to manage him with bridle and lines."

Beery says there are a number of ways to teach this to a horse but suggests his method asrepparttar 125805 most reliable.

In a nutshell, Beery first turned his horse loose in an enclosure about twenty-five feet square. He would walk in with a whip and teachrepparttar 125806 horse to have confidence in him and not fearrepparttar 125807 whip. (The horse is never whipped).

Oncerepparttar 125808 horse has learned to come to handler atrepparttar 125809 command of "Come Here" and shows no fear ofrepparttar 125810 whip while it's gently waved over his head and body, and will followrepparttar 125811 handler all aboutrepparttar 125812 ring, then you have laid a good foundation for further instruction.

Putrepparttar 125813 horse away untilrepparttar 125814 next day whererepparttar 125815 horse learns signals ofrepparttar 125816 whip.

That process is as follows: Stand closerepparttar 125817 the horse's hip and take a short whip and tap lightly onrepparttar 125818 right shoulder untilrepparttar 125819 horse, in anticipation of driving a fly off, will swing his head around to whererepparttar 125820 tapping is. Step forward quickly and hand him a few oats, or a small piece of apple, almost inrepparttar 125821 act of turning his head around. Step back and continuerepparttar 125822 tapping and rewarding.

Do You Make These Horse Training Mistakes Loading Your Horse Into A Trailer?

Written by Andy Curry

Mistake #1:

"Here, Kitty Kitty..."

Unless they have been educated, new horse owners often think a horse is like a cat or dog. They figure if they tap their thighs and say, "C'mon,...C'mon,...C'mon..."repparttar horse'll will simply jump right inrepparttar 125796 trailer like a happy dog or cat.

Mistake #2:

"Using Food As Bait"

Putting hay, grain, apples, or whatever atrepparttar 125797 front ofrepparttar 125798 trailer to tempt a horse to step in and eat almost never works. If it did, it would be a fluke. I've seen horses lean forward to try and eatrepparttar 125799 food but wouldn't step intorepparttar 125800 trailer if their life depended on it.

Mistake #3:

"Forgetting To Hook The Trailer To The Truck"

Don't forget to hitchrepparttar 125801 trailer torepparttar 125802 truck before getting a horse to go inrepparttar 125803 trailer. If a horse steps into a trailer that moves around unforgivably, you will have a harder time getting that horse in later. He'll remember it - especially if this isrepparttar 125804 horse's first time.

Mistake #4:

"The Classic Tug Of War"

Here'srepparttar 125805 scene. Man (or woman) pulls lead rope to desperately drag their horse intorepparttar 125806 trailer. Horse weighs 10 times more than man or woman and has far more strength thanrepparttar 125807 man or woman. Final score of this battle is: Human - Zero...Horse - Won

Mistake #5:

"Going Trail Riding Before Horse Is Good At Loading In A Trailer"

I've seen it time and time again. People go trail riding and whenrepparttar 125808 ride is overrepparttar 125809 horse won't get back inrepparttar 125810 trailer. Amusingly,repparttar 125811 horse owner comments, "Dang horse, he got in their last month". Remember to get your horse to practice this so it gets fixed on his brain.

It seems there will always be at least once a horse owner cannot load his horse into a trailer. Butrepparttar 125812 secret is to teach a horse sending signals so he knows what you want him to do. It's partly how man and horse communicate.

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