Horse Training – Secrets to Success

Horse owners love to engage in horse races. However, how can you possibly win a race if the horse doesn’t obey you? Through proper horse training techniques, you can make your horse obey your commands on the dot. Untrained horses can be dangerous and it’s vital that you train them. You can’t teach old dogs new tricks but in the case of a horse, you might be successful in training an older horse but you must have patience and determination. Training younger horses is much easier. Soon, you can win one of the horse races in your area.

Never face a horse if you’re afraid of it. The horse can easily tell if you’re nervous or frightened. If you want to win your horse’s confidence and trust, you should possess such qualities too. If the horse is in the stable or the pen/corral, you can walk around it and check the buckets or water troughs and feed. Make sure that your horse feels your presence. When he gets used to it, he will no longer be bothered if you’re there. Don’t attempt to go near the horse or even touch it; just wait until the horse approaches you. Friendly horses are easier to take as compared to skittish and snobbish horses.

When the horse approaches you, this is the signal to start the training. Firstly, you should train your horse in wearing a lead or halter. Show the halter to your horse and let him sniff or taste it. Do this everyday for about 15 minutes and when he’s already used to the halter, raise it over his head but don’t attach it. Don’t push your horse to the limit. Observe the body language because it tells a lot about the horse’s feelings. Keep on trying until your horse no longer shy away from the halter. Take your horse for a walk pulling the lead.

When a horse is frustrated or tired, it can be dangerous and it depends on the personality of your horse. Slow training is better than forcing your horse to obey you. Make use of careful movements, calm voice, and steady training for better results.

Once you attach the halter and lead on, tell your horse to come to you without pulling the lead; if the horse obeys, give him hay or any treat. As the horse walks towards you, give the lead a tug. Do this all over again until your horse acquaints the tug with moving.

Train your horse to human touch. You can start by touching his ears, chest, and muzzle. It’s natural for horses to shy away, bite, or kick. Soon you can groom your horse and try saddle training.

If you feel any fussing, just stand still beside your horse. When you’re about to introduce something new to him, just stand still and let him see the thing you’re holding (e.g. halter, lead, etc). Try moving away from him and you will notice that he’s waiting for you to return. Do the training calmly, slowly, and in a short yet steady manner. Well trained horses can win horse events with ease.

Horse training is the only way to use your horse at work, when traveling, or when doing other tasks. Not all horse trainers achieve success. Just follow these simple yet effective secrets and see for yourself.