How to Handle a Horse's Legs

August 30th, 2016

How to Handle a Horse's Legs
  Way back in 1989, I did an exhibition at the California State Fair in Sacramento. I was the four o’clock “show” every day, for eighteen days. At the Fair I met Tad Griffith, one of the greatest trick riders the world has ever seen. Every day, Tad put on a fantastic Wild West show, complete with Cowboys and Indians and plenty of stunts and fabulous trick riding. Part of Tad’s show was “Alpo the ball kicking horse”. Alpo was a one trick pony. When Tad ...

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How to Stop Your Horse Biting or Pushing Over You

August 23rd, 2016

How to Stop Your Horse Biting or Pushing Over You
Your horse learns from every interaction he has with you. Every time you go near your horse, he learns something new. He may learn to lay his ears back and push over you or bite you. He may learn to turn his tail and kick at you. People write to me every day asking how to “fix” a horse that pushes over them or bites or kicks. Horses aren’t born with an urge to bite or kick or push over their handler. Horses learn these unwanted behaviours through inconsistent handling. They d...

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Horse Rules to Remember

August 5th, 2016

Horse Rules to Remember
  1. No matter how old your horse is, take him a treat each day and rub his head. If you do this, he’ll soon look forward to seeing you. Start each lesson by going to your horse and showing him it’s easy and pleasant to be with you. Every horse will learn to enjoy having his head rubbed. It’s up to you to teach him. 2. Whenever you’re with your horse, you’re teaching him, so make sure you’re always definite and consistent. Even when you clean your hors...

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Why I Never Use a Flag on a Stick

July 25th, 2016

Why I Never Use a Flag on a Stick
Whenever you work with an unhandled horse or foal, the first thing you must do is get a rope around his neck. Without a rope, the horse can run away at any time. And the more frightened the horse is, the more he’ll run. Some horses will run to the point of exhaustion rather than allow you to approach them. Without a rope, all you’ll teach the horse is how to avoid you when he’s worried. Even in a small area you can spend hours trying to catch a worried horse if you don’...

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Never Punish Your Horse

July 17th, 2016

Never Punish Your Horse
No matter what your horse does or doesn’t do, it’s cruel and pointless to punish him. When a horse shies or doesn’t stop or doesn’t change leads or doesn’t do whatever else the rider thinks he should do, running the horse down a fence, forcing him to run backwards, hitting him after the event or pulling him round and round are nothing but acts of cowardice and cruelty. And anyone who advocates this sort of treatment has no understanding of how horses think and learn...

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Using Sticks and Spurs Correctly is Not Cruel

July 8th, 2016

Using Sticks and Spurs Correctly is Not Cruel
Many people have an unjustified prejudice against the use of sticks and spurs in horse training. They think that sticks and spurs are cruel and are used to punish a horse and ‘show him who’s boss’, and therefore should never be used on any horse. Some people believe that horses are naturally afraid of sticks and spurs. They say you must spend time rubbing a young horse with a stick to 'get him used to it'. This makes no sense. Horses have no preconceived ideas and they aren&r...

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Positive Reinforcement Vs Negative Reinforcement

July 5th, 2016

Positive Reinforcement Vs Negative Reinforcement
My wife Christine often speaks of the time she worked at a local dinner/horse show. One of the ponies was taught to “count” by pawing the ground. The trick was, when the pony reached the required number, his handler stepped towards him and give him a reward of carrot pieces and the pony stopped counting. One day, Chris gave the pony a handful of carrot pieces before the show. The handler rushed over and said “Don’t give him carrots now. He won’t perform if he&rsqu...

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Neil's Masterclass Video Preview

June 30th, 2016

Neil's Masterclass Video Preview
NEIL'S MASTERCLASS VIDEO SERIES IS NOW AVAILABLE! Seven hours of video footage featuring Neil’s unique approach is now available to you. Never before has there been such an in-depth explanation of horse behaviour and horse handling. When you watch these videos, you’ll feel like you’re in the training yard with Neil as he works. See Neil’s unique approach first-hand, up front and personal. He’ll show you why there’s never any need to use force or restraints ...

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