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.”

The Secrets That Keeps Horses Trainable!

Written by Andy Curry

As you likely know already, horses have at least 10 times our strength. If they also had our intelligence, they would probably be riding us humans. Fortunately, horses cannot reason like human beings and therefore will never have superior intelligence.

Since they don't have reasoning abilities, horse training becomes a challenge because you now have to understand how their intelligence works. You have to know what works and why to really be effective.

The biggest secret that makes it so we can train a horse isrepparttar fear of pain and/or punishment that our creator instilled in their mind. We can use that built-in fear to our advantage and teachrepparttar 125792 horse what we want him to do.

The trick is to not pushrepparttar 125793 horse too far with his built-in fear. We must never abuse this knowledge because it will backfire. Once it backfires then we will have problems withrepparttar 125794 horse we're training.

How does it backfire? Let's take a novice horse owner who fulfills his dream to have horses and train them. Unless he's studied a horse's nature he will probably get into big trouble with his horse because ofrepparttar 125795 delicate balance ofrepparttar 125796 horse's built-in fear.

For instance,repparttar 125797 very first lesson you must teach your horse is to have confidence in you. If your horse doesn't have confidence in you, he will neither trust you. Both are enormously important to horse training.

Think of confidence in this way. If you're a child who's just seen a scary movie on TV you probably want to sleep with Mom and Dad forrepparttar 125798 night. They'll protect you. You'll be safe with them. Hopefully, you know these things to be true because you have experienced it with your own parents.

But if you didn't feel like they'd keep you safe you wouldn't have confidence in them, would you?

A horse's thinking is similar to that. He must have confidence in you when you're working with him.

A horse can be taught confidence in different ways. I prefer torepparttar 125799 Jesse Beery confidence lesson.

Jesse Beery, a famous horse trainer fromrepparttar 125800 1800's, uses his confidence lesson asrepparttar 125801 beginning place of training his horses. He said, "This isrepparttar 125802 most important lesson of all."

Interestingly, it's alsorepparttar 125803 easiest.

How nice it is thatrepparttar 125804 most important lesson isrepparttar 125805 easiest to do.

Essentially,repparttar 125806 confidence lesson takes advantage of (but never abused)repparttar 125807 horse's built-in fear. In a way,repparttar 125808 fear is harnessed and carefully used to getrepparttar 125809 horse's confidence in you. It's akin to getting a child to watch a scary movie and being there to protect him or her when they get scared.

Whenrepparttar 125810 horse experiencesrepparttar 125811 fear, you're there to saverepparttar 125812 day. You make it so he depends on you to be his superhero.

Whenrepparttar 125813 horse gets fearful, you have to be there to tell him everything is okay. You do that through petting him. Talking to him in a soothing manner. Using a pleasant tone of voice.

I have a friend, Gene, who loves his horses but when they don't do certain things he think they should do, he punishes them. (By punishing, I don't mean he hits or whips. A horse can feel punished just by a threatening tone of voice for example)

Anyway, I rode with a group of people one day and Gene was in our group. We came upon running water. You could call it a small river or a big creek. It was about 30 feet wide and varied in depth from a foot to three feet.

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