Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Wed, 2010-10-13 08:57
I have already told the story of how my long-time friend and Certified Trainer, Robin Gates, overcame resistance with a horse she was training. For what it’s worth then, here is my opinion on how Robin viewed and dealt with the situation.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2010-07-26 13:40
Nicole’s second question was with regards to ’round penning’. I use quotes for this term because I seldom put a horse into a round pen for this work, more often it’s in a two acre paddock with 3-4 horses. When I have a horse that does not come when called or leaves when I’m haltering, I will drive them off and separate them from their herd. I used to do this with a lot of energy and make them go at least at a trot, if not more. There would be lots of directional changes, both inward and outward turns. Then I would ask them to come back to me and most of the time they come running in.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2010-10-18 12:58
Sometimes the simple things work wonders with horses. This is another story I want to share with you about how I caught a horse that was uncatchable. It was during my first job in La Jolla, California where I was hired to handle a large training center of hunters and jumpers. What they like to do in some of these training centers is to play a little joke on you on the first day that you arrive. It’s a way of breaking ice and getting to know you a bit better through laughing together.
Submitted by HorseYard Editor on Mon, 2010-04-05 09:38
If you can keep adjusting your leadership to be more dependable, flexible, understanding and intelligent, the horse is more willing to form a loyal partnership and put a greater effort into his performance. The biggest mistake people make in their relationship and communication with horses is to not understand that the development of leadership with horses should be spent in managing the connection, bond and trust through attentiveness. Being attentive, you can respond to the changing attitudes in the horse and the environment and keep a horse willing before he gets out of hand.
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