You Must Concentrate on Your Horse

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March 31, 2017

My mother has a small companion dog named Lilly. When mum takes her for a walk, Lilly decides where they go and how fast they go. Mum allows Lilly to stop and sniff under shrubs,

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A Catching Story

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February 8, 2017

For privacy reasons I’ve changed the person’s name. However, nothing ever changes when it comes to catching horses. Feed always works

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How to Teach Your Horse to Step Over Obstacles

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October 22, 2016

The problem everyone has with their horse is being able to walk,trot and canter when they want, where they want, at the exact speed they want and to have their horse relaxed and confident at all times

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How to Handle a Horse's Legs

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August 30, 2016

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

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How to Stop Your Horse Biting or Pushing Over You

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August 23, 2016

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.

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How to Load a Horse Into a Trailer

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April 9, 2016

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.

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Humans Are One Sided Not Horses

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March 14, 2016

The near-side of a horse is his left hand side when you’re sitting on his back. His off-side is his right hand side. It’s ingrained into most horse people that horses should always be handled from...

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Handle Your Foals Correctly From Day One

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September 6, 2015

When someone has problems with an older horse, they often ask me if they can “re-start” him. I’ve had lots of people say “Can’t I just go back to the beginning and start him all over again?”

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Why I Never Use a Round Yard

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September 1, 2015

Lots of trainers use a forty foot round yard for all their horse training. The main idea seems to be for the trainer to chase the horse around the fence until the horse is tired

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Make Your Horse Easy To Catch

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August 25, 2015

Catching horses has absolutely nothing to do with horse herds, pecking orders, respect or domination. Everyone must remember that it’s not a competition when you go to the paddock to catch your horse.

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Safety First for Horses

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July 8, 2015

If you want to handle horses, you must have good facilities. Horses can always find 100 different ways to injure themselves. If your fences and yards aren’t up to scratch

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Every Foal Must be Handled ASAP

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July 5, 2015

One of my mates lives in a semi-rural area on the outskirts of Sydney. On a recent visit, my wife and I took a walk around the block from where he lives.

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The Leading Edge

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June 18, 2015

Everyone wants to be able to lead their horse calmly alongside. Nobody wants their horse to hang back or rush in front or pull away or run over the top of them.

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Teach Your Horse to Move Forward Not Backwards

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June 14, 2015

My pet aversion is seeing people chase horses backwards on the ground. The last thing I want any horse to do is move backwards away from me to relieve pressure.

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It's Nice to be Nice to Your Horse

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May 22, 2015

I grew up on a dairy farm in the 1960’s. We milked about 100 cows which was quite a big herd in those days. When I was eleven years old, one of my jobs after school was to feed the calves.

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Be a Switched On Horseman

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April 8, 2015

One way to communicate with your horse is to apply pleasantness or withdraw pleasantness. Another way to communicate with your horse is to apply pressure or relieve pressure.

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For Horses' Sake, Keep it Simple

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March 15, 2015

Over the years, I’ve always read everything I could lay my hands on about horses and horse training. Many authors make horse training sound very complicated.

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Don't Follow the Leader

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March 6, 2015

There are about 23 million people in Australia and about 75 million sheep. If you drive out into the countryside, you’ll soon see sheep in the paddock.

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Respect and Desensitisation

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February 26, 2015

I recently watched a video of a trainer trying to handle a horse’s legs. The horse was seven years old and kicked quite badly when anyone attempted to pick up his hind legs.

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Ground Lessons For Every Horse

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February 6, 2015

This video shows the basic ground lessons you can teach every horse.

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How to lunge a horse

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January 28, 2015

If you want to learn how to lunge a horse, don’t use a round yard; your horse will simply run round and round the fence without learning anything.

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The Horse's Lament

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January 3, 2015

The Horse's Lament He puts a dreadful halter on, it’s made from rope and knots And when he jerks and jerks my head, it really hurts me lots

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Here's The Rub

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December 1, 2014

My wife Christine always spent lots of time rubbing and scratching her horses. Our grey horse ‘Kip’ soon learned to come to her and present the spot that he wanted rubbed or scratched.

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Teach your horse to mooove forward

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May 14, 2014

This diagram from a rural newspaper, shows the basic concept of getting a cow to move forward. Exactly the same principle applies to horses. Instead of cow, insert horse in the diagram.

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How to Catch a Horse

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March 12, 2014

If you walk into the paddock and your horse runs away, guess what? Your horse isn’t bad, naughty or disrespectful. It’s absolutely nothing to do with being his leader

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Handling a 'Mad' Horse

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February 26, 2014

“Watch out for this horse. He’s mad. His mother was mad and his full sister was even worse. All this breed are bad.” I wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard stories like this.

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How to use your most valuable horse training tool

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November 25, 2013

Rubbing a horse’s head, neck and around his ears gives him to time to relax. I show every horse that life is easy and pleasant when he has his head with me. Rubbing your horse’s head will be the star

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