Horse Training: What Should You Do If Your Horse Won’t Move?

January 6, 2007

What should you do if your horse won’t move?
Many times our horses just don’t want to move or step over something.  This may actually be two different problems.  In one case, they may be belligerent or just not wanting to go forward.  If this is the case, then make them work…  an easy way to do this is to move him in a circle.  The idea is to keep him moving.  Rein him to one side, turn a circle and come back to the same spot and have him go forward.  Keep doing this until he gets the idea.

If your horse won’t step over something or cross over he may be spooked or unsure.  If he wants to stop and smell it and examine it, let him.  This is natural for him.  Your goal is to build trust in him and you do that over time.  Trying to fore him, punishing him, etc. is the exact wrong thing to do.  If you try to force him then what you’ll end up doing is having him associate pain with this object and he’ll remember that.  Do that a few times and you’ll build a bad habit for sure!

Once again, try taking him in a circle and then head for the object again.  Do that a few times until he’ll step over.  Once he does decide to cross, be careful – he may try to jump or race over.  If that’s the case, take him back over it again, and again until he learns it’s note going to hurt him.  Give him praise each time he does it right.  Build a positive experience and he’ll remember that next time you ask him to do the same thing.

Until next time – stay safe,

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Horse Training: The Truth About Horse Training!

January 6, 2007

Today’s Subject: The Truth About Horse Training!

With the hundreds and hundreds of folks I have on my newsletter + tips list for Horse Training Resources, I tend to get lots of emails and questions about everything you can imagine about horse training and related issues.

I’ve had a few folks suggest that training techniques that are 100 years old just aren’t for today’s horses….. well, I’m here to tell you that just isn’t true. Methods that were working for thousands of horses a 100 years ago are just as effective today. And here’s why…..

If you’re like me – whether you are a 30 year horse training veteran or a relative newbie that’s just getting started – you can always learn something new. And, the fact is, horses just haven’t progressed that much in the last few hundred years.

Obviously, we’ve bred them for all kinds of special uses, different traits, size, etc. – but here’s the honest truth:

“The brains of our horses and the way they learn haven’t changed…. ”

Does that seem like a bold statement? Does it surprise you at all?

You see, you and I have the amazing ability to learn, analyze, compare situations and REASON. We can take multiple things into consideration at the same time. We are capable of processing lots of different inputs, sounds, movements, etc. and REASON about what is happening. We can even see things that are about to happen and plan ahead.

But…. sorry to bust your bubble if you think you have a real sharp horse…. horses brains just don’t work that way.

You see – a horse can NOT reason. It is due to this fact that we can control them.

So what’s all that mean to you when you approach your horse and want to start teaching it what you want them to do?

Horses do have a huge advantage over man in strength and nervous system development – and their ability to have excellent control of the muscles almost immediately based on certain outside stimulus.

Besides muscular control, horses have excellent sight and hearing. They are able to take in these various stimuli but can only process them to a point. They have no ability to reason with these various inputs and figure something out like man can.

A horse learns through repetition and positive reinforcement – you are fixing impressions through his nervous system. As you repeat these lessons and as you fix these impressions you are forming habits. If the impressions you leave are actions you desire and as you repeat them they become good habits.

On the other hand, if the horse has had some bad training by you or others and has, over time, developed bad or negative habits such as rearing, biting, etc… then unless you train them to overcome these bad habits they will remain.

Horse training then, is the process repeating positive actions that become habits to the horse.

The exact actions you take and the methods you use to train the horse for each specific action is unique. And, different horses have different dispositions – just like you and me – and so some horses will take to one form of training than another.

One thing to remember: when you go out to train your horse – go out with only one specific lesson to learn at a time. Trying to accomplish too much can both tire and confuse the horse. Since the horse cannot reason you can easily confuse him and not fix that impression if you try to do too much at one time.

Prof. Jesse Beery developed his whole horse training course around these basic principles. He was brilliant in developing his methods and lessons and is the reason he was so successful in training thousands of horses. And his ability to teach others how to do is what made his training course so successful.

You can download the course right now and start learning and training your horse to both overcome the bad habits he has and start teaching your horse good habits and lessons.
Download you copy now… and get started on the right hoof!

Thanks for all your feedback. Keep it up.

All the best with your training… but please do it safely.

Charlie Hicks

P.S. Prof. Beery’s “Course In Horsemanship” is 8 volumes and 360 pages of horse training mastery and wisdom. It has been proven over and over by thousands of horse owners all over the world. Download your copy now and see why.

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