Horse Problems: The Difficult to Catch Horse

So you can’t catch your horse. Why do horses run away from their owners? 1. Wild or untrained horses are intimidated or afraid. They need an owner who understands how they view the person approaching through an instinctive prism of fight or flight and they need de-sensitizing training. 2. Horses in a group take cues… Read More Horse Problems: The Difficult to Catch Horse

Horse Problems: The Charging Horse – A Kristull Chronicle

The Chronicle of Lucky Star’s Rehabilitation Session 1 I never assume that a horse I will be working with has any idea of anything at all. We go directly to the round pen on the very first day and try a few tests of his skills and personality by asking him to move around the… Read More Horse Problems: The Charging Horse – A Kristull Chronicle

Horse Problems: Spooky Horse

In most cases, spooking is a symptom of deeper problems. Your horse is not properly prepared to look to you as a leader and stop in his tracks when presented with unfamiliar objects or situations. Some horses are just naturally more spooky than others. Arabs are, of course, bred to be vigilant. I never recommend… Read More Horse Problems: Spooky Horse

Horse Problems: Mounting Issues

Every horse should be as easy to mount as this one. A horse that won’t stand still while you mount is, to say the least, irritating and even dangerous. If you’re lucky, you mount and dismount your horse from the ground. If you’re older (like I am) or your horse is particularly tall (like the… Read More Horse Problems: Mounting Issues

Training Exercises: Teaching Rear Leg Yield from the Ground

A Push Button Horse: Beginning Leg Cues for Turning on the Fore The shortest distance between two points is through the ground. If you want a push-button horse, you must install the buttons. That is best done from the ground. Well-trained horses uses leg cues, face cues, and seat cues to anticipate what their rider… Read More Training Exercises: Teaching Rear Leg Yield from the Ground

Reign’s 30 days of Immersion Riding: A Kristull Chronicle

30 Days of Riding Immersion Intro by Jackie Nelson Reign (3/4 Friesian gelding) is now in serious training to become a stellar trail riding horse. It has been nearly a year since he had his very first experience with having a rider on his back. Life got in the way. Days flew by, then weeks,… Read More Reign’s 30 days of Immersion Riding: A Kristull Chronicle

Training Exercises: First Ride

Day 1: First day moving with a rider in the saddle

Training Exercises: Jeffrey’s Method of First Mounting

I was introduced to this method for first mounting through Clinton Anderson. It flew in the face of all of my self-preservation instincts. BAREBACK on a horse that had not been mounted! Sounded really scary. But at the time I saw the method demonstrated, we had TWO horses that were ready for their first mounting… Read More Training Exercises: Jeffrey’s Method of First Mounting

Training Exercises: First Saddle Experience

A horse’s first saddle experience can be difficult or easy, depending on how much ground training he has and how solid he is when it comes to pressure situations. We do not introduce a saddle until a horse can lunge in hand properly and has had a lot of desensitizing. He should have no “untouchable”… Read More Training Exercises: First Saddle Experience

Training Exercises: The Verbal “Whoa!”

In my early days of horse training, I was less experienced and less sure of myself. My angst expressed itself with a great deal of work on safety exercises. Paramount among those were disengaging the horse’s rear early so that he never showed that part of his anatomy to me and teaching him to stop… Read More Training Exercises: The Verbal “Whoa!”