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What Every Horse Should Know

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Every horse should receive a basic education that prepares him to live safely and confidently in the company of humans. Noted horsewoman Cherry Hill explains how to ease common equine fears, develop trust in a rider or handler and learn respect and patience. These practical lessons will result in a solid, honest horse.

  • Respect, patience and partnership
  • No fear of people or things
  • No fear of restriction or restraint
  • Essential tips for success
  • Stores of real-world applications
  • An invaluable training guide
  • Hill, 7 1/2"x10", 179 pp.

What Do Horses Need to Know?

  • Horses Are Wonderful Already
  • Training Concepts and Programs
  • What You Need to Know

Part One
No Fear

No Fear of People

  • Touch and Trust
  • Fear of Someone in Blind Spot
  • Catching

No Fear of Restriction or Restraint

  • Restriction
  • Restraint

No Fear of Things

  • Sacking Out
  • Things That Scare Horses

No Fear of Restrictions by People with Things

  • Break It Down
  • All the Things a Horse Must Know

Part Two
Leadership and Partnership


  • Horse-Human Pecking Order
  • Personal Space
  • Feeding Etiquette

Attitude and Attention

  • Temperament vs. Attitude
  • Get and Keep Your Horse's Attention
  • Anticipation
  • Sourness
  • Rx for Attention Issues


  • Slowing and Stopping
  • Standing Quietly
  • Riding


  • Reward
  • The Yielding Conversation
  • Rattlesnake!

Part Three
The Work

Forward Into Contact

  • The Benefits of Forward Motion
  • Control and Contact

Bending and Flexing

  • Vertical Flexion
  • Lateral Bending

Steady and Straight

  • Basic Rhythm
  • Straightness

Lateral Work

  • Lateral Essentials


  • Proprioceptive Sense
  • Imbalance Fore and Hind
  • Benefits of Balance

Putting It All Together

  • Anytime, Anywhere
  • Real-World Applications


  • Subjective Goals
  • Objective Goals
  • Scale of Training


page 12

How (and How Not) to Catch a Horse
Here is where you may be thinking, "My horse avoids being caught. How do I change that?" The best way to develop and maintain a horse's good attitude about coming when called, or at least facing and standing when you approach, is to have a pleasant attitude yourself and to do something pleasurable to him when you first catch him. It can be a simple rub on the forehead, brushing flies off his chest, giving him a scratch where you know he likes it, making a certain sound, or even using a treat the proper way. All of these reward a horse for being caught and make him look forward to being caught in the future.
If you want to teach a horse to fear or dislike being caught give him a slap on the neck when finally does let you approach, halter him roughly, give a jerk on the lead rope when you finally get him haltered, and generally be in an ill temper yourself. That should do the trick!
As with so many other interactions with your horse, during the catching and haltering procedure, he is learning, so take your time as you catch him and develop a good association. When I'm with a horse who has leaned to dislike catching and haltering, I might carry a halter and lead rope with me, approach him, give him a rub, but not halter him; instead, I just walk away. Or I might catch, halter, rub, remove halter, turn loose, and walk away. Or I might just hang out with the horse for a bit with no agenda.
How a horse is turned loose is also very important and will be covered in chapter 5.

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