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Teaching a Horse to Drive using a DIY Training Cart

Teaching a horse to pull a cart can be tricky. Many trainers argue that breaking a horse to safely drive and pull a cart is more challenging than simple saddle training- and for good reason: many horses initially have a strong reaction to the sensation of the long shafts on the side of their body …

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2 Ways to Train a Horse To Lay Down on Command

Teaching a horse to lay down is an extremely difficult trick that will require patience, practice, and a horse with the right temperament. If you have a calm, trusting horse who’s already comfortable laying down in your presence, teaching your horse to lay down on command can be an impressive, fun, and even a useful …

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3 Big Mistakes Horse Owners make with Stud Chains

A stud chain can be a useful tool or an unnecessarily harsh correction, depending on the handler’s use of the chain and a particular horse’s sensitivity to correction. While a horse’s sensitivity can sometimes work in your benefit (like the horse who only needs a rider to carry a crop in order to become more …

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Simple Tips to End Horse Head Tossing and Throwing

  Has your horse or pony recently started tossing their head up in the air when you are riding? When horses start head tossing behavior, it often indicates one of a few things, which we will discuss in this article. Because head tossing can have a few causes, it may take some detective work to …

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5 Tips to Slow a Fast Horse & Control the Walk, Trot, or Canter Pace

Most horses have four main gaits: the walk, the trot, the canter (called a lope in Western riding), and the gallop. Within these gaits, horses have a huge variance- horses can be taught to trot or even lope as slow as other horses walk! The speed of each gait depends on many factors- just like …

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Arena Sour: Working with Horses that Refuse to Enter an Arena

Sometimes horses will start becoming difficult to ride into an arena (or any area they’ve typically been ridden or trained in). Often, the horse will start exhibiting behaviors that make it difficult for the rider to get the horse to the arena. These difficult behaviors can range from simply refusing to enter the arena- by …

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10 Things to Do with a Yearling Horse – Early Training

Although a horse’s bones and joints aren’t mature enough to carry a rider until they are 2 to 3 years old, gentle unmounted training with 1-year-old horses (called yearlings) can help prepare horses for mounted training. If you are raising a young horse to be your next trail, hobby, or show partner, consider investing time …

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What is a Ewe Neck in Horses? Recognizing and Correcting

  An ewe neck is a conformation flaw that is typically more related to the conditioning and muscle tone of a horse than it is to skeletal structure, breed standard, or genetics. Because it is a condition of poor muscling, a ewe neck can often be corrected with nutrition and conditioning. In this article, I’ll …

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How Cold is Too Cold to Give a Horse a Bath + Winter Grooming Tips

  Bathing your horse is a regular part of caring for your horse, but knowing when it’s too cold to bathe- and how to give a horse a bath if it is very cold outside- is an important part of horse ownership. Mostly winter baths can be avoided, but if you compete in shows during …

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