Following two ex-racehorses over the course of a year, as they go from being reactive and unable to be handled, to calm, well balanced, contented horses, you’ll get to know the personalities of Charlie and Star, as they make the transition from racing to home environment.
This book provides an understanding of behaviour and learning theory, along with free-will, hands-off, and non-coercive techniques, and shows how to apply these principles for stress-free training. You’ll learn how to prevent small issues becoming big problems, making battling with your horse a thing of the past.
Easy to read, this book can be used as a complete start-from-scratch guide, or to browse through, selecting those parts that you wish to work on to achieve fantastic results: reliable behaviour, stress-free, happy and contented horse and owner.
Kathie Gregory is a qualified animal behaviourist and trainer, who has worked in the industry since 2001. Passionate about raising standards and awareness in how we teach and work with animals, she encourages everyone to use the best methods available.
The majority of Kathie's work is with horses and dogs, and she has a particular interest in ex-racehorses. Helping to resolve behavioural problems, training issues, and teaching one-to-one and group sessions, she also mentors and advises within the industry.
Kathie uses scientifically proven methods and positive reinforcement techniques to ensure each animal receives the best in behaviour and training modification. She lives and works in Devon in the UK.
Do you have a foal on the way? Maybe you've got a weanling who's growing like a weed but in need of training and possibly getting dangerous?
Do you know what training is essential for baby horses, how to approach the work - and how much is too much?
You have years till you can ride your colt or filly - but there's a lot of training that needs to be done in the meantime. They need to cooperate for the farrier, to stand near you politely, to be lead around the barn, to respect your space - they need to become a cheerful member of your family. This is your step-by-step guide; it shows you exactly what to do, what to look for and in what order.
Train your foal to be safer and:
- To respect you and your space
- To deal with fear
- To lead and stand calmly
- To begin "giving to pressure," the very foundation of all training
If you were the first person to someday ride your weanling, would you feel safer if the colt did - or did not - have a proper foundation?
Your Foal: Essential Training for the Weanling Horse is broken down into five "Days" or sessions.
Table of Contents
- Day One: Look At Me - Build Body Control
- Day Two: Sacking Out and Desensitizing
- Day Three: Halter Training Your Foal
- Day Four: Leading a Horse: Colt Basics
- Day Five: Cleaning Horses: Bathing Your Foal
- Teach Your Horse to Stand Tied
- Horses That Bite (Most young horses will try this once - here's how to "nip it" in the bud.)
- Pick Up Your Feet - When I Point!
- Sidepassing to You On the Ground
- Teach Your Horse to Come to You
Based on the gentle and proven techniques of John Lyons, "Days" 1-5 teach your horse to respect your space, to deal with fear, to stand calmly and to begin "giving to pressure." Section II contains additional "how-to" that you'll need at this stage in your young horse's life.
I call the individual segments "days" but you'll take this work at a speed that's comfortable for both you and your foal. While you'll fly through some "days," others will necessarily require that you spend more time to really nail the material. You might want to split it up over days, weeks or months.. It's completely up to you - after all, you've got years till he's big enough to carry that saddle or pull that cart!
Each chapter gives you a plan, a goal, theory and homework. The whole thing might take you a week - and it might take you months. Every trainer's different, every foal is different. Regardless, when you arrive at the other side, you will have made significant progress in your foal's training and you'll be miles ahead when it comes time later to break him to saddle.
This book is dedicated to every horse owner who has seriously considered leaving the gate open and spilling a trail of corn out to the highway. I've been there, my brothers and sisters. I feel your pain. Horses can be an amazing high - but can also drive ya nuts faster than you can say "Why would you do this to me when I pay all the bills?"
This book is also dedicated to all you folks who, new to horses, ignored all sensible advice and bought a young horse, figuring you could "learn together." Doubtless, you're starting to doubt the sanity of that decision... but relax, it's our little secret. Cram what you can of this material each night; amaze your friends in the morning.
Section I: The lion's share of challenges faced by riders and owners revolve around some form of "fear," the rider's - or the horse's. Here we deal with "fright" in it's myriad forms.
Section II: Neglect your lawn, get weeds. Neglect your car, break down. Neglect your horse... collect trips to the ER. Here's what you need to know to keep your horse tuned-up and out of trouble.
Section III: Find step-by-step fixes for the "most popular" (notice the quotes?) problems faced by horse owners.
You are a horse owner with problems. This is a book with solutions.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Section One: Fear, In All Its Forms
How your horse gets scared has everything to do with how we go about fixing it.
* Retraining the Flighty or Bratty Horse
Horses are herd animals and instinct tells them that there's gotta be a boss. If it's not you, it's gotta be them. Here's how to get and maintain control.
* Whoever Moves First, Loses (Or, "How to Get Respect")
* "I'm Scared of My Horse, Please Help" (The Intimidating Horse)
* Despooking: Scary Things
* Despooking: Scary Moments
* Despooking: Scary Places
* Despooking: Scary 'Away' Places
* "Say Good-Bye to Mr. Jiggy"
* How to Slow Down Your Too-Fast Horse
* "Calm Down Now"
Keeping your horse on the straight and narrow. Today's actions determine the horse you'll ride tomorrow.
* "Perfect the First Time"
If you're guilty of being a bit heavy-handed (as evidenced by a stiff-as-a-statue horse) here's a Top Five Horse Training Concept that will soften your horse fast.
* "6 Easy Ways to Improve Your Training"
Six horse training tips, each designed to simplify your training and make big changes fast.
* "Rider Checklists"
Here are 3 "Rider Checklists." Together, they'll keep you safer - and accelerate your training to boot.
* "The First Thing I Do"
Here's the first thing you should do with your horse today - and with any horse that's "new to you."
* "When You Get On, Do This First"
Here's one small thing you can do to keep your horse's attitude in check - and prevent mount-up problems from taking root.
* "Is My Horse Hard to Train... Because of His Feet?"
If your horse stumbles, cranes his head to the ground, takes halting steps, doesn't want to "move out," or has grown irritable, it might be that his feet are hurting him. Here's how to tell.
Section III: Overt Vices
Here's how to fix some of the most common problems you might face with your horse: easy, objective, step-by-step.
* Horses That Bite
* Cinchy Horses
* Horses That Won't Go
* Leading Stubborn Horses
* Picking Up Feet