Subject: 4 Horse Training Tips - For You

Craig Cameron, Clinton Anderson, Martha Josey, and Al Dunning
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Craig Cameron
Come to Me

Teach your horse to come to you, but remember that there needs to be something in it for the horse. That something is typically relief, reward and relaxation.

1.) Do your catching homework in a round pen. The controlled environment makes it easier on both of you. When you first do this exercise, put a halter on your horse, along with either the 12-foot lead rope, 25-foot rope or 50-foot rope

2.) With you in the middle, send your horse around the pen, at either a trot or lope. Make him work.

Martha Josey
TRAINING for the Road

Hauling and seasoning are as much a part of training as the turning of three barrels. A horse needs to get used to different grounds, various arena sizes, crowds, noises, lights, other horses and travel to help him become a winner. He is expected to run, perform and remain consistent in a competitive world that is very different from his own world at home.

Be prepared for different conditions at each arena you compete in. You will find that every arena varies. Arena sizes and patterns are different. The barrel horse must learn to pay attention to what he is doing. Things happen more quickly on a small pattern, and the barrels will be a stride or two farther apart in a larger pattern.

Clinton Anderson 
Train Your Horse to Stand Still for Clipping

At some stage of horse ownership, you will come across a horse that doesn’t like to be clipped. To us, clipping seems like something very acceptable. We know the clippers aren’t going to hurt the horse, but the horse doesn’t. Remember, horses are prey animals; they perceive anything new as potentially life threatening. Until you prove to them otherwise, they are not going to willingly accept anything in the “unknown” category.

The good news is that there is an easy way to teach your horse to accept clipping. Follow these steps and with practice you will be able to clip your horse...

Al Dunnng
Ask Al

Question: We have a 6 year-old horse that is learning to rein. He has a tendency to hop on his spin to the non-dominant side. What is the best way to correct his hop?

Answer: Thanks for your email. Your spin can improve if you trot circles, which I do in the corner of my arena. Try to make them about 8 to 10 feet in diameter, smooth and round. What’s happening is that your horse’s outside front leg is not crossing over the inside leg properly. Keep him fairly straight but his head slightly to the inside. Be sure his outside ribs are not bowing out. When you feel the forward motion and position is correct, begin your turn slowly. Don’t rein hard! Use your outside leg or spur to insure the continued lengthen of the outside leg. If your horse hops, jump forward into the trot again and repeat.


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