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"Why Does Your Horse Do Something Wrong?  Consider This..."

  This horse training tip I'm about to reveal to you
  is one of those that make you say...
    "Hmmm...that never occurred to me..."

  I've harped on keeping your horse in the respect mode.
  In other words, if your horse doesn't learn respect
  for you, it creates a ton of problems.
  And most people don't understand that these are
  problems that happen from lack of respect.
  One of the ways to teach a horse respect is
  by making sure he has his space and you have yours.
  That's a basic necessity if you own a horse.
  But here's the thing...

  When a horse crowds and gets on top of you, then
  you must get him out of your space.
  Where people make the mistake is, once they move
  the horse back and out of their space, that's where
  they stop.
  They leave out a very important step.
  The step they leave out is this:
  When you back your horse out of your space,
  lead him back up a little towards you...still
  out of your space...and let him rest there.
  What is happening here when you do that?

  You are ending with a positive action instead
  of ending with discipline.
  Why does it matter?

  Because if you don't do it this way, every time
  you walk towards your horse, he may back up
  because that's what he learned.
  Not only that. Backing up is NOT a place of rest.
  It is associated with "unpleasantness".
  Horses simply want comfort and safety.

  So, you need to lead them back up just a little
  AFTER you back them out of your space.

  Then, let 'em rest there.
  As they rest there, just let 'em think about
  it for second.
  Don't ask them to do anything for a few moments.

  Because you want them to think about what just happened.

  They process the fact that you backed them
  away from you and then you led them back up
  to a certain distance away from you.
  And once they're back where you want them to
  be, they get left alone.
  If they get left alone, then "THAT" is where
  they will look to be.
  They won't want to get on top of you.
  They won't want to move away from you as
  you walk towards them.
  They will want to stay right there because it's comfy.
  Now's what I want you to know.
  This is not my brain-child.
  I learned this from Brad Myers who is one
  of our featured trainers.
  While filming Brad, he revealed the "Little Things"
  that make a HUGE difference in your horse.
  Go to the following website address
  to read more about what Brad Myers can show you:


"Why Do Horses Learn The Wrong Thing?"

There's an old saying that goes:

"If you want to know the value
of a 1/100th of a second, just
ask a Silver Medalist"


Timing is critical in horse training, too.

Mess up your timing and you horse may learn
the wrong thing.

The correct way to train is to follow through with
pressure - release, pressure - release.

You see, because a horse learns from the release,
the release must be timed with what you're asking
your horse to do.

If you ask Mr. Horse to step his back
leg in front of his other back leg as
he disengages, then when he does it...

"Quit Asking"

Take the pressure off of asking him
to move immediately.

When he moves, just chill out for few moments.
Leave him alone and let him process what just happened.

That gets him thinkin'.

What is he thinking about?

In his own little horsey way he's kinda askin' himself,
'What did I do to get him to leave me alone?'

You know what that's called?

That's called:

"Getting your horse to give you the right answer."

And you don't stop the pressure unless
and until he gives you the right answer.

Important Principle:

Because if he doesn't give you the
answer you want, yet you release the pressure,
he will learn the wrong answer.

And that, my friend, is often why horses don't
learn the right thing to do.

This is a basic yet very powerful
horse training principle.

Linda Braddy, teaches this (and lots of other cool stuff)
in her video. You can see more about it by clicking
on the following:

She goes on to teach that you must have it clear
in your mind what you want from your horse.

It's at this point you do NOT want to
be wishy washy about what you're asking from him.

Thus, if you want him moving his feet, then
specifically 'how' do you want him to move his feet?

See it in your mind and then get him to do it.
And don't stop asking unless and until he gives
you the right answer.




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