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Horse Training

Stable Express has help and tips for horse training from top riders for the many different equestrian disciplines. See below links to online equestrian clinics as well as listing for trainers in your local area. Dressage TrainersDressage Trainers Three Things You Need to Train Your Horse

The three things you need to train your horse are the three Ps that are persistence, patience, and positive strengthening. Idyllically, you should begin the horse training when he still is a foal. Fundamental ground manners have to be taught from his early age, as when he grows old he has to be trained about riding and saddles.

The training will be much easier if you have the foal`s mother around him, as he will obviously copy her behaviors. If not the mother, arrange any other trained horse with which the foal spends time. Young horses generally learn from the grown-up ones present in the herd. For instance, you do not have to teach a horse in the meadow how to graze up or how to go to the water and slurp. They learn these basic things by watching the other horses in the herd.

Begin by taking two horses together - the untrained foal and well-trained horse - alongside with you in the center. The most secure place for you is to stand to the left of the untrained horse`s shoulder, with the trained horse on your left. A young horse may abruptly decide to run off or to kick off his heels, so take care that you do not drape the lead rope on your hand or anywhere else, that puts you at risk. You may also use the pony technique if you have a quiet horse. Generally, the foals are comfortable following them. You can do this by just towing the student horse behind with longer lead cord. It makes the young horse understand that he has to follow the pony.

If you cannot afford having other horses, all that you can do is to tag along the three Ps persistence, patience, and positive strengthening. You have to be persistent and calm while training your horse, never give up.

Persistence means whenever you apply a force you constantly do it in a way that let the horse to dispose off that pressure by moving in the correct direction. The pressure created makes the horse understand that if he your directions the pressure disposes off. Thus, he starts following you without any aggravation.

Patience is the second key of horse training. When he calmly walks with you in straight lines, take a small left turn whist keeping the space. If he hordes you, push him away with your right hand and hold your arm out to the proper space. After that, try taking a right turn maintaining the same safety distance between you and the horse. Still use your right hand to direct him into the correct zone. You should reward him by freeing the pressure on the lead cord when he steps in the correct direction.

Positive strengthening makes the horse comfortable. Negative attitude makes the horse stressful, and raise its anxiety level and make him tense. A horse can learn only when he is relaxed. A tense horse will just look for a way to escape, and if he cannot he, either will gust or he will shut down.

Creating A Consistent Relationship With Horses - Not Dominance

According to some equitation scientists dominance must not be a part of horse training! As this leading group says, that type of man-made concepts ( dominance and leadership) are not good for a good horse-rider relationship. Those concepts have been improperly used and will only lead to failure in the connection with horses.

The most important thing while forming a bond with your horse is to learn more about his nature, his abilities and temperament. Riders, handlers and trainers should forget the concepts of dominance and base their relationship with horses on understanding. Educate yourself about the horse`s cognitive abilities, learn more about his natural behaviour and do everything with patience.

At the end, the most important thing for you as a rider or trainer, should be the horse`s welfare. Your goal should be to create a consistent and strong relationship with horses. If you agree, share this post with your animal loving friends and family!

Horse Training

Wendy Penny

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