Modern Horseman's Countdown to Broke Real Do-It-Yourself Horse Training in 33 Comprehensive Steps

ISBN-10: 1570764190

ISBN-13: 9781570764196

Edition: 2009

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Many horse training books are meant specifically for experienced trainers, but this comprehensive and highly accessible resource is written specifically for the horse owner. Thirty-three basic lessons in foundation training are included with clear, step-by-step instructions meant to give every horse owner the ability to bring a green animal or one from troubled beginnings to a point where both horse and rider have the essential skills to pursue any equestrian discipline with confidence. More than 75 topics are covered, including release points, knowing the five control points, motivators, facing and following, perfecting leads, and speed control.
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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Trafalgar Square Books
Publication date: 8/1/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 242
Size: 8.50" wide x 10.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 2.046
Language: English

Sean Patrickhas been working with horsesnbsp;since 1992, is a former high-country guide, and writes forTrail Blazermagazine. He runs a horse training business focusing on performance-horse training, colt starting, problem horses, and horsemanship instruction. He lives in Oxford, Florida.

Getting Started
Where Do You Begin?
Evaluating Your Horse
How the Horse's Age Affects the Countdown
How Long Will the Countdown Take?
Equipment Needed
The Horse's Bit
A Special Note on Safety
The Teaching Process
Horse Psychology 101
Conditioned Response
The Five Control Points
Spot, Direction, Motivator, and Release
A Word about Motivators
The Difference between Cues and Motivators
Understanding the Release Point
Combining Reinforcements
Explaining a "Give"
Further, Faster, Softer
Muscle Memory
Learning Curve
Building Your Horse's Confidence
Helping Your Horse Overcome His Fears
Knowing When to "Push"
Replacement Theory
Being Fair
Thoughts on Reprimanding
Problem Horses
The Modern Horseman's Countdown
Initial Movement in the Round Pen
Inside Turns
Asking the Horse to "Come In"
Facing and Following
Introducing Halter Pressure
First Saddling
"Sacking-Out" under Saddle
First Bridling
Moving the Hips
"Sacking-Out" with Hip Motion
Go Forward Cue
Preparing for Mounting with "Up-Downs"
First Ride
"Moving Out" while Mounted
Jogging and Loping for the First Time
Hip Serpentines
Backing-Up-Part I
Backing-Up-Part II
Loping Circles and Straight Lines
Teaching "Whoa" and Seat Stops
"Clockwork"-Part I: Moving the Shoulders away from Rein Pressure
Shoulder Serpentines and Circles
Collection and Nose-Softening-Part I
Collection and Nose-Softening-Part II
Cueing Hip Motion in Response to Leg Pressure
Hips In
"Clockwork"-Part II: Moving the Shoulders toward Rein Pressure
Lope Leads
Cueing Shoulder Motion in Response to Leg Pressure
Perfecting Leads
Flying Lead Changes
Final Check-In
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