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Horse Training Tips and Techniques, Helpful Hints for Health Care;
Plus Business Advice on Making Your Career With Horses a Financial Success

By Don Blazer

            Training horses is merely a matter of getting the horse to respond to a certain cue in a certain way; when he does, he’s “trained”.

          Put all the correct responses to certain cues into a sequence of maneuvers and you’ve got a “champion” performance horse.

          No matter what your performance goals, there are always a series of small steps (specifics) which lead to achievement.

          Work on the “specifics” which help you achieve your goal and your horse’s training becomes easier and easier.

          The first specific for every move a horse makes is what he does with a hind foot.  If you want to pivot, or canter on the left lead, or simply walk forward, you must control the horse’s hind foot. 

          A pivot on the hindquarters to the left requires the horse to step forward with the left hind foot so that it is under him and can act as the pivot foot.  To canter on the left lead, the horse must first drive off the right hind foot.  To walk, the horse must push himself forward with the left or right hind foot (your choice) so that he moves his body mass forward.

          It’s one step at a time to your goal…work on the specific steps.      

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