The Top 7 Mistakes Horse Owners Make

Written by Andy Curry

Mistake #7 Ė Assuming You Can Get On Any Horse And Simply Ride Not all horses arerepparttar same. Some you can get on and easily ride. Some are so green that you could be easily injured if you have little or no riding experience. The ones easy to ride are typically older horses. They have been riddenrepparttar 125795 most and will berepparttar 125796 most forgiving of a beginning riderís mistakes. The younger horses will berepparttar 125797 hardest to ride unless they have been thoroughly broke.

Mistake #6 Ė Assuming A Horse Trainerís Technique Is The Only Way To Train A Horse When novice horse owners begin to experience problems with their horse, they go looking for answers. The first place they look is in books. Whenrepparttar 125798 author ofrepparttar 125799 book explains a training technique,repparttar 125800 reader assumes thatís how itís done by everyone. But when they canít train their horse with that technique, they assume a dumb or untrainable horse. What novice horse owners need to know is that there are typically lots of ways to train a horse to do one thing. If you try something and it doesnít work, try something else.

Mistake #5 Ė Not Riding A Horse Enough New horse owners experience problems with horses not becauserepparttar 125801 horse suddenly went sour, but because they donít ride their horses enough. Aboutrepparttar 125802 best thing you can do to have a good horse is to ride it and ride it and ride it. Donít ride him just once every couple weeks. Horses need to ridden a lot to make them a good riding horse.

Mistake #4 Ė Thinking A Problem With The Horse Is The Horseís Fault Although a horse may have some problems, they are typically a result ofrepparttar 125803 horseís owner. There are rarely horse problems Ė itís more likely there are problem riders. For instance, if you canít get your horse to ride away from home (this is called ďBarn SourĒ) itís likely because you donít have control over him. You can establish control with various techniques such as Doubling.

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 itís no use. He resists andrepparttar fence posts go whizzing by you as you panic and pray he doesnít shift his bodyweight and you fly off his back into a post.

Itís scary to be on a horse that runs on his own volition and canít be slowed down. Many people will sell their horse because theyíre 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, ďInstalling an emergency brake.Ē

This is done onrepparttar 125794 ground while youíre doing ground training. Every time you work with your horse you should spend a few minutes doing this Ė even if you know your horse ďgets it.Ē It simply cannot be done enough.

What does it look like when you userepparttar 125795 emergency brake on your horse? While youíre 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 horseís 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 Ė but not many)

But you canít simply get on your horse and expect to pull his head back if he takes off. You must do some ground work first. And hereís 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. Thatísrepparttar 125808 goal youíre shooting for becauserepparttar 125809 more his head comes aroundrepparttar 125810 better control you will have. Also, thereís a second goal youíre shooting for. When you pullrepparttar 125811 lead rope around to bring your horseís head back, you want it to be where you donít 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. Itís called being responsive. This is important because when youíre riding your horse and you have to pull his head around you donít want to have a tug of war while youíre riding a bolting horse. You want him to automatically do it.

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