The Super Sensitive Horse

April 23rd, 2016

The Super Sensitive Horse
A horse is a very sensitive creature. He can feel the lightest touch of your hand and the slightest squeeze of your leg. He can hear the slightest rustle in the bushes and feel the smallest fly land on his back. This is how a horse is made. There’s nothing you or anyone else can do to stop any horse feeling and hearing the way that he does. People often say their horse is “super sensitive” because he’s easily startled and jumps and reacts to the smallest movement or so...

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No More Flags on Sticks

April 15th, 2016

No More Flags on Sticks
Lots of trainers tie a plastic bag or a flag on the end of a stick and call it a “training tool”. When the stick is used, the plastic bag/flag makes a whooshing noise that frightens horses every time it’s waved near them. If a horse is already worried or frightened when you approach, you certainly don’t need anything else to frighten him. And if a horse has never been saddled, flapping a plastic bag or flag on a stick won’t help the horse to accept the saddle. S...

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How to Load a Horse Into a Trailer

April 9th, 2016

How to Load a Horse Into a Trailer
Loading a horse into a trailer should never be a confrontation where the horse is chased and frightened and pressure is applied until the horse eventually rushes in. Before you even think about trailer loading, every horse must be taught that it’s always easy and pleasant to step forward to you and to keep his head with you. You must always give every horse the answer before you set any problem. The answer should always be for the horse to keep his head with you. When a horse understan...

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Country Calendar TV New Zealand Early 1990s

April 7th, 2016

Country Calendar TV New Zealand Early 1990s
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Starting a Horse Under Saddle

March 30th, 2016

Starting a Horse Under Saddle
Following are some of the remarks people invariably make when they watch me work start a horse under saddle. “That horse is quiet. What happens when you get a wild one?” “I’ve got a colt at home you couldn’t handle like that.” “The youngsters by this stallion all buck and there’s nothing you can do about it.” “This mare’s progeny are fighters. They all kick and strike and pull back.” Fortunately, not one of these st...

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ITS WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR HORSE TIME THAT MATTERS

March 27th, 2016

ITS WHAT YOU DO WITH YOUR HORSE TIME THAT MATTERS
Asking how long it takes to saddle and ride a young horse for the first time, is like asking how long is a piece of string. I started training horses for a living more than forty years ago. Horses of all shapes, sizes and varieties were sent to me to be started under saddle. Many of those horses had very little handling before they arrived at my stables, and there were plenty of four and five-year-olds that hadn’t been handled at all. My father’s idea was that every horse should ...

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Neils Horse Training Philosophy

March 26th, 2016

Neils Horse Training Philosophy
NEIL'S NEW VIDEOS I'm very excited to be putting the final touches on my new Horse Handling video series. There are seventeen lessons shown in real time - with each lesson about twenty minutes. The videos show the step-by-step process of catching, handling and riding a three-year-old gelding who, prior to filming, had very little human contact. It's been great to demonstrate and explain my approach in such detail, and to show what can be achieved with every horse. These basic lessons are rel...

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Neils Horse Handling Masterclass Lesson 1 Preview

March 26th, 2016

Neils Horse Handling Masterclass Lesson 1 Preview
Neil's Horse Handling Masterclass video series will soon be available. Here are a few snippets from the first twenty-minute lesson with the three-year-old gelding that Neil starts under saddle - a station/ranch bred Australian Stock Horse who has had minimal handling, apart from branding and gelding. SEE MORE ON THIS SUBJECT HERE: www.fearfreehorsetraining.com/blog/neils-horse-training-philosophy BUY NEIL'S BOOK NOW! www.fearfreehorsetraining.com/the-book...

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