Your most valuable training tool

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November 15, 2017

  

Building confidence and relaxation at the California State Fair, Sacremento 1989.

Everyone  looks for a magic fix to  ‘cure’ their horse problems. Plenty of people  will sell you a ‘magic’  halter, stick, lead rope, bit or some other  contraption. None of them  will really help. No contraption ever invented  will teach your horse to  be relaxed, confident and ready to learn.

I’m  going to tell you about the most  valuable training tool available in  the world or any other large  place. It’s free and I’m going to reveal it  at no cost. Priceless!

It’s  as simple as rubbing your  horse’s head. Yes, give him a rub and show  him that it’s always easy  and pleasant to be with you. Your horse will  learn that whenever he  brings his head to you, it will be a pleasant  experience. He’ll learn  that when his head is with you, he can ‘switch  off’ and relax. He’ll  learn that you won’t chase him or hit him when he  has his head with  you.

 

Horses  soon learn to enjoy having  their head rubbed. I do it with every horse  for their entire life. It  doesn’t matter if he’s a few days old or  twenty years old. If you can’t  rub a horse’s head, neck and around his  ears, he isn’t totally relaxed  and confident. 

Whether  I’m catching a horse for the first time, starting him under saddle or  re-training him, my first step is to go to the horse, rub his head and  show him it’s easy and pleasant to be with me.

It’s  pointless to try and lead a horse, handle his legs, tie him up, saddle  him, ride him or do anything else if he’s frightened. Confidence and  relaxation are the keys to teaching your horse, no matter his age or  stage of training.

Take  time to rub your horse’s head, neck and around his ears every time  you’re with him. You can’t overdo it, so there’s nothing to lose and  absolutely everything to gain.

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