How To Install An Emergency Brake On Your Horse

Written by Andy Curry

Imagine being on a horse and he bolts. You pull those reins to slow him down but it’s no use. He resists andrepparttar fence posts go whizzing by you as you panic and pray he doesn’t shift his bodyweight and you fly off his back into a post.

It’s scary to be on a horse that runs on his own volition and can’t be slowed down. Many people will sell their horse because they’re so scared of that happening again. How do you keep a horse from bolting like that?

There is a way to temper your horse even if he spots something that scares him and he wants to run in fear. I call it, “Installing an emergency brake.”

This is done onrepparttar 125794 ground while you’re doing ground training. Every time you work with your horse you should spend a few minutes doing this – even if you know your horse “gets it.” It simply cannot be done enough.

What does it look like when you userepparttar 125795 emergency brake on your horse? While you’re riding, you reach down to either rein. You tightly grabrepparttar 125796 rein, slide it up your legs alongrepparttar 125797 seam of your pants up to your hips. Atrepparttar 125798 same time, you are loosely holdingrepparttar 125799 other rein. As you do this, your horse’s nose will be pointing back towards his rear end.

Why does this work? Ever try to run forward while looking backwards? Need I say more? (There are exceptions. Some horses are so limber they will run forward with their nose buried in their sides – but not many)

But you can’t simply get on your horse and expect to pull his head back if he takes off. You must do some ground work first. And here’s what you do.

Put a halter on your horse and hook a lead rope torepparttar 125800 halter. Stand onrepparttar 125801 left side of your horse. Stand by your horse across from his back leg. Take your right arm and put it over his rump. Next, pullrepparttar 125802 lead rope towards you and rest your left hand on his back.

At this point your horse will resist some. If he pulls his head forward you holdrepparttar 125803 lead rope in place. Eventually he will move his head back towards you and give intorepparttar 125804 pull you have onrepparttar 125805 lead rope. The second he moves his head back towards you then you releaserepparttar 125806 lead rope tension and praise him. In other words, when you seerepparttar 125807 lead rope has slack in it because he moved his nose back towards you, then release.

Eventually, you want him to touch his nose to his body. That’srepparttar 125808 goal you’re shooting for becauserepparttar 125809 more his head comes aroundrepparttar 125810 better control you will have. Also, there’s a second goal you’re shooting for. When you pullrepparttar 125811 lead rope around to bring your horse’s head back, you want it to be where you don’t pull. He moves his head back for you. As you pull onrepparttar 125812 lead rope his head moves back with no exertion from you. His head follows. It’s called being responsive. This is important because when you’re riding your horse and you have to pull his head around you don’t want to have a tug of war while you’re riding a bolting horse. You want him to automatically do it.

Which Of These Horse Catching Mistakes Do You Make?

Written by Andy Curry

The other day, I was invited to see my friend’s new horse. He had her for about a month before I got to see her. When I arrived at his house, he met me outside and said, “C’mon…let’s go see her.” We stood atrepparttar fence and marveled at how beautiful she was. Excited, he asked, “You wanna pet her?” “Sure!” I said. So my friend grabbedrepparttar 125793 halter and went after her.

As I watched him chase her I was reminded of those silent movies where everyone is moving comically fast withrepparttar 125794 music inrepparttar 125795 background. As I chuckled to myself I heard him ask aloud, “Why does she keep running from me?”

That was a good question. Lots of people have that trouble. There are lots of reasons horses run from their owners. One reason is fear. Horses arerepparttar 125796 epitome of fear. If they sense their life is in danger they’ll run.

If a horse is comfortable with their herd, even if its one or two other horses, it can be uncomfortable for him. His entire DNA speaks loud and clear to him thatrepparttar 125797 herd isrepparttar 125798 safest place to be. Therefore, if he leavesrepparttar 125799 herd it could mean his life is threatened – at least…that’s his thinking.

One ofrepparttar 125800 biggest mistakes I see are new horse owners that make their horse work almost every time they go to see them. Picture it. You’re a horse standing there with your buddies. It’s ninety-four degrees out side,repparttar 125801 flies won’t leave you alone, and you were doing fine just standing there doing nothing – thank you very much. And because you are enormously alert due to your innate fear, you quickly spot your owner coming to you holding that weird looking, not-so-good-fitting rope thing that goes on your head.

The last 400 gazillion times your owner walked toward you with it in his hand, he accidentally jabbed your cheek while clumsily jerking it on your head. Then he made you leave your friends and go run in circles for thirty minutes. Boring!

Rather,repparttar 125802 horse owner should alternate working and pleasure for his horse. In other words, one day walk to your horse withrepparttar 125803 halter in your hand and pet him. Talk to him. Tell him how beautiful he is. Take your halter and rub it on his body as if it were a brush. Get him thinking thatrepparttar 125804 halter will give him pleasure so when he sees it he’ll feel good about it.

The next day, with halter in hand, go see your horse and pet him. Talk nice. Then put his halter on. Pet him again. Keep talking nice. After a few minutes, takerepparttar 125805 halter off and rub his body with it. Then walk away.

Now your horse is starting to think, “Great! That’s all he wanted.” For a while, alternate when you ask your horse to work versus not work and take your halter with you each time to keep him guessing, “Is he gonna pet me and tell me I’m purty, or are we going to work a little? I’m guessing he’ll pet me so I’ll stay put.”

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