Category: Training & Husbandry

Boring routines, picky bosses, limited rewards. Little wonder horses sometimes buckle under stress.
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Horse training: Why the science is flawed

There’s no such such thing as habituation in relation to training horses, writes Neil Davies.

Scratching that itch: Here's the rub over horse training
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Scratching that itch: Here’s the rub over horse training

You’ll never rub your horse up the wrong way if you follow this simple method.

Wild horses in the Triple B Herd Management Area. Photo: BLM
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No need to ‘go bush’ and follow the herd

Want to be herd leader? Don’t bother trying; horses know you’re not one of them.

Using sense and sensitisation in horse training - or not
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Using sense and sensitisation in horse training – or not

The only part of any horse that anyone can teach is his mind.

Become an unflappable horseman
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Become an unflappable horseman

Avoid the horse’s flight response by teaching him to stand whenever he’s worried.

Don't get in a flap: Say 'neigh' to tarps and flags
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Don’t get in a flap: Say ‘neigh’ to tarps and flags

Never scare your horse with the idea that he’ll ‘get used to’ something.

Group thinking in the horse world
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Group thinking in the horse world

Step outside “the group” and question everything you see and hear about horses and training.

Horse training: leave your ego at the arena gate
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Horse training: leave your ego at the arena gate

When working with a horse, forget about pecking orders, submission or winning and losing.

Myths and legends from the round yard
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Myths and legends from the round yard

Round pen myths abound, but a horse being chased in one has only two options.

Jock Paget and Clifton Promise.
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Half-halt the key to getting your horse on the bit

There is a specific aid to put your horse on the bit.

The buck stops here
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The buck stops here

If every horse was started without fighting and bucking, there’d be no ‘problem’ horses.

Teaching your horse to moove forward
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Teaching your horse to moove forward

To move a horse forward, you must apply pressure in the green ‘flight zone’.

Safe ways of tying up your horse
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Safe ways of tying up your horse

Follow these simple rules on safe tying up to avoid drama and injury.

Regaining your confidence after an accident
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Regaining your confidence after an accident

Advice on ‘physical fear’ and getting back in the saddle after a fall.

Imke Bartels-Schellekens and Sunrise.
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How to get the correct canter lead every time

Tips and exercises to help train your horse to pick up the correct canter lead.

The horse as a 'prey' animal
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The horse as a ‘prey’ animal

Natural selection and survival instinct has wired horses to run first and ask questions later.

The response a horse gives may not be the one you hoped for but it’s merely what the horse sees as being best under the circumstances.
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Horses and respect: Fact or fiction?

A horse’s response is just a response. It’s neither appropriate nor inappropriate.

Any horse will learn to come to you for feed.
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How to catch any horse

Never chase a hard-to-catch horse. If he’s nervous and worried it will frighten him more.

How to use your most valuable training tool
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How to use your most valuable training tool

Giving a horse time to relax is an important part of the training process.

Hydration in horses: Staying cool can be crucial to success
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Hydration in horses: Staying cool can be crucial to success

Performance will quickly fall away if a horse becomes dehydrated.

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