Why Difficulties In Horse Training A Good Thing

Written by Andy Curry

I'll never forget one ofrepparttar first horses I trained by myself. I could not have picked a better horse to give me problems.

This horse was slow to motivate. He was very much his own "person" so to speak and was going to do what he pleased...at least...that's how it seemed.

There are plenty of horses in this world that will move when you want them to move. In fact, some horses can be so nervous it takes little effort to get them moving inrepparttar 125764 round pen. In a way, they almost train themselves.

When I was first training this horse he moved slowly and not very deliberately. Teaching him to drive was very difficult because he just wasn't going to move for me.

The first time I put a surcingle on him and attachedrepparttar 125765 lines he had no more intention on moving forward than an elephant with no legs.

The lesson I was teaching was to move forward. When you want your horse to move then, obviously, you want him to move...not stand there.

A typical way to teach moving forward and associatingrepparttar 125766 action with a command is to get behind your horse and torepparttar 125767 left a little. Then give a slight pull onrepparttar 125768 left rein, then say "step" or "get up" and tap him on his rear end withrepparttar 125769 whip.

Most every horse I worked with, this technique worked well. Butrepparttar 125770 technique failed with this horse.

Whenever I tapped him onrepparttar 125771 butt he would either stand there and blink his eyes or he would turn around and just look at me.

Torepparttar 125772 trained trainer it may seem he was balking. In fact, that's what I feared was happening.

The next thing I tried to get him moving was a hog slapper. A hog slapper is a small pole like aid with a handle on one end and two pieces of leather onrepparttar 125773 other end. When you slaprepparttar 125774 leather end against your boots it makes a loud slapping sound.

It wasrepparttar 125775 loud slapping sound I was hoping would motivaterepparttar 125776 horse to move. Here's what happened.


The horse didn't take any steps forward to get away from it. It scared him a littlerepparttar 125777 first two or three times I slapped it on my boot, but that's all it did.

Frustrated and bewildered I wasn't sure what to do next.

I began to analyzerepparttar 125778 situation. I knewrepparttar 125779 tap withrepparttar 125780 whip wasn't working so I didn't need to repeat trying it. I knewrepparttar 125781 hog slapper didn't work so I didn't need to repeat that either.

So I asked myself, "What can I use to motivate this horse to move?"

I gotrepparttar 125782 answer from Jesse Beery.

Jesse Beery, a famous horse trainer fromrepparttar 125783 1800's, taught training a horse to drive in muchrepparttar 125784 same way I do it. Evenrepparttar 125785 tap onrepparttar 125786 rear end withrepparttar 125787 whip isrepparttar 125788 same.

In teaching a horse to overcome fears and desensitizing him to sounds, Beery prescribes using metal bowls strung together like a wind chime on rope. These bowls make quite a racket when you shake them. Used as Beery describes, they are extremely effective in horse training.

The Importance Of Habit And Repetition During Horse Training

Written by Andy Curry

Picture this.

You're out feeding your horse. You're petting her, talking to her, and admiring how beautiful she is.

Suddenly, you getrepparttar urge to get on her and go for a ride. The only thing is, you don't feel like gettingrepparttar 125763 saddle and bridle - so you just jump on...bareback.

Now you're sitting on her. Her head is high, her ears are twitching, and she's wondering what's going on.

It's boring just sitting on her. You want her to move. So you boot her forward.

She moves. You're delighted. Suddenly, she starts going faster and faster until she's in a full gallop.

The fence posts go whizzing by. Your white knuckle hands have a death grip on her mane. In your raging fear you see a turn coming up and you're wondering whether your horse will take a sharp right or go straight.

In a flash you prepare for her to take a right so you won't be thrown torepparttar 125764 ground. Thank goodness you did because she took a sharp right. In fact, it felt like she turned ninety degrees.

What I didn't tell you is this whole time you've been yelling "Whoooaaaaa!!!"

No matter how many times you yelled "whoa" your horse didn't stop. It was like she never knewrepparttar 125765 command - she simply kept moving despite what you said. And allrepparttar 125766 while, all you could picture in your head was your life in danger.

Hopefully, this will NEVER happen to you. It's a sick feeling being on a horse you can't control andrepparttar 125767 fence posts whiz by you while you quickly and silently rehearse your own funeral in your head.

This scenario actually happened to a friend of mine. She had help training her horse and did a decent job except for something very important. She didn't teachrepparttar 125768 "whoa" lesson thoroughly enough.

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