How to start a horse – Exercises for the first month

Starting your horse and the begging of the whole training process is the most important part of your horses’ life. At least when it comes to the abilities and willingness to listen that he is going to have in the future. Starting your horse is about introducing him to the idea of carrying a saddle…

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How to get your horse to listen to you after he gets scared

You cannot really expect your horse to never get scared, but you can give him more confidence so he gets scared less often, and you can also teach him to listen to you after he gets scared instead of panicking. The first step is to get your horse to respect your space. If your horse…

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How to catch a horse in the pasture

It can take hours to catch a horse that doesn’t want to be caught. If you have been around horses for some time, at some point you probably encountered a horse that just didn’t want to leave the pasture and kept running away from you. I did as well of course. It was so frustrating! I…

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How to teach a horse to back up without pulling your reins too hard

Backing up is one of the first things a horse needs to learn. Yet a lot of people underestimate it. There is a big difference in what you teach your horse when you back up from the saddle and when you back up from the ground. Backing up from the ground has a very different…

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How to teach your horse something fast

Everyone eventually needs to teach their horse something, or try to get him to unlearn something. Teaching your horse something easy might take just a few minutes, some more complicated exercises might take a few months. Keeping a few simple things in mind can help you make everything a whole lot faster. In a lot…

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Do this 1 thing and your horse will react on much lower pressure

Do you have to use too much pressure to get your horse to trot or to canter? Does your horse react too slow when you ask? If that is the case and you want to improve the way your horse reacts If that is the case and you want to improve the way your horse reacts to…

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How your horse perceives rewards and motivation (and how to to use it)

What really is a reward in your horses’ eyes and how should you use it? (also what is actually not a reward) Do you believe that it is possible to motivate your horse? Or do you think that motivation is beyond his understanding? Do you reward your horse while working with him, from the ground…

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3 Reasons why horses don’t listen

Have you ever had issues with your horse not listening to you? Did you manage to get him to listen to you in the end? It happened to me so many times I can’t even count. It was especially difficult to get my horse to listen when I was learning to ride. I didn’t always…

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Scared to canter on the trail? Here is how to slow your horse down

If you are scared to canter on the trail because it is difficult to keep your horse in a nice calm canter, it usually has a few reasons. The first reason why your horse is difficult to slow down The first reason is that he doesn’t react well enough to the pressure from the bit…

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Spooky horse training tips

Riding on a spooky horse that gets scared often or even gets scared in situations that he already knows well is not very pleasant. There are two main things influencing this kind of behavior the most. 1. The first one is your horses’ temper. Shy, spooky horse can genuinely get scared of anything. While confident, more…

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