Posts Tagged ‘training’

Horse training requires long term thinking on bad days.

My body hurts. I’m moving slow. I’m thinking slower.  My time zone change experiment three weeks ago, where I slowly changed my body clock to match Australia, worked. I arrived in Australia in pretty good shape. Coming home I went cold turkey. I did nothing to switch my body back…and now I feel it. My…

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Does your horse find you predictable AND interesting?

When we train, we train using patterns. Patterns of behavior that create habits. Lead to the saddling area. Ground-tie. Brush. Saddle. Mount. Warm up. Work period. Rest period. Work period. On the surface it may look to an outside observer that we are teaching the horse to perform a pattern, like a trick, however, we…

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Building Confidence during Weaning

“How do you try to keep your young horses confident? I see you wean with a buddy but at what time in their lives do they learn to be alone? Tips for preventing buddy sour, insecure horses.”-Margie Great phrasing of this question! It is true that while I am going through the weaning process I…

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Video: Bridleless Freestyle Mustang Makeover

130 days of training. She hopes to train horses full time after she graduates from Purdue. I don’t think she will have trouble getting customers, lol. The young ladies name is Madison Shambaugh and her horse is the mustang Terk. This video is from the VA Extreme Mustang Makeover 2015. The team was awarded Overall Reserve…

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Measuring educational maturity in horses.

When training horses I am always observing their level of maturity. Sometimes this is measured by the number of correct responses that they have to training situations but other times it is measured by their general demeanor. Horses, like people, mentally mature at different rates. It is tempting to measure a horses maturity by ‘testing’…

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Going to college for horse training

I went to college to learn about horse training. I grew up in Maine and had it not been for a challenge from a math teacher I’m not sure I would have learned that an equine career, or college, was even a choice. There are many paths that lead into the equine industry including apprenticeships, working…

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All horse training is trick training, right?

I have posted several videos of my horse, Newt, learning how to stand on a box and I have received lots of feedback. Most of the comments are fun, or people have questions about the box, but a few were more bold in calling it 1) unnecessary, 2) dangerous or 3) ‘just a trick’. In my…

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