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How I Get More Training Done On My Horses In 1/2 The Time

Here's a simple way... to help your horse learn twiceas fast.

We are all pressed for time, seems there is just not enoughof it. There is the job, family duties, maybe socialevents, all competing for our time. Our horse is ignored andwe end up with a 10 year old "greenbroke" horse, which canmean anything from they buck or, spook sometimes, to they still need to be gee-hawed to go left, or right. They may still be trying to figure out go and whoa. Well I have found some easy ways to double the results I getwhen training horses, you can do the same if youwill try.

Tip #1 - Rub you horse all over

You must be able to rub your horse from one end to theother, neither end is more important than the other. Youshould, be able to handle the mouth and ears as well arubbing under the tail, start stroking with the hair on eachside of the tail. When the horse unclamps the tail andraises it, you can then rub under the tail.

You must be able to do this or you may have to go back andredo the training later, like I did. I had a paint stallionin for training and he already had four months put on him byan other trainer, but he still was spooky and not a niceride at all. I noticed that he did not like his earstouched but I was trying to hurry and moved on. Three weekslater he threw himself over backwards while being bridled. You better believe I spent about three days on ears 101, thenbang he got it and changed, was one laid-backeasygoing pussycat from then on.

Be smart and learn to rub your horse, rub don't pat or slapthem, that is not soothing to them. What would you like aback rub or a back slapping?

Tip #2 - Stop punishment when wanted behavior occurs.

Whoa! you say, what's this punishment talk? Well I wouldlike you to realize there are a multitude of things wedo to a horse that are "punishment" in the horses mind,maybe not your mind, but definitely in the horses mind.

Here is a little list of punishments according to thehorse:

1. pulling on a rein
2. using a spur
3. using a quirt or whip
4. using a stud chain

Do I want you to quit using the above? No, just stop usingthem when the horse does anything close to what you want. Let me give you some examples;

You pull the left rein to turn your horse left, the secondhe starts left quit pulling, if you want to turn left moreask again, as many times as you need to but reward the horsefor the try.

You put your spur against your horse to move over, when hemoves the slightest amount take that spur out of there, doit again if you have to, but reward that try and soonyou won't even need to wear those spurs as the horse willmove off your leg, because you reward that try.

Tip #3 - Reward your horse for the right behavior.

Now you can consider the end of punishment as areward, and that is true, but the term reward will be usedto mean giving something extra to the horse for trying to dothe "right" thing. If you can find a way to reward the tryin the horse, you will have your dream horse, that partneryou wanted or some of you maybe had as a kid. Kids can begivers easier than adults, my grandson gave me a kiss today,my brother never did, because he was almost an adult when Iwas born. Learn to be a kid again, reward your horse with:

some grain

a soothing voice

a rub on the neck

a drink of clean cool water

a handful of grass

a modern horse treat

a chunk of carrot

a slice of apple

getting off his back

The list is almost endless, the trick is to give the rewardat the right time for the right behavior.quit training at the good spots

If you will take the time to follow these tips, you candouble the size of your horse training toolbox. Youprobably already know the punishment side of training useit right and add the reward side to double your trainingresults.

Put your ego aside, be a giver to your horse and they willgive back to you in ways you can only imagine.

Dale Anderson; 360-398-1261

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