Channel Archives: Learn

“Hey! She Belongs to Me!”

My own horses watch closely when they see me riding a horse in training. One of my former horses ran the fenceline whinnying for an hour the first time he...

Transcending Time Pressure

Brain-based horsemanship offers a thousand reasons to slow down with horses, to give them more time to assimilate new knowledge. But every now and then, my human prefrontal cortex tells...

The Foundations of All Training

Too often, we forget to consider the basic building blocks of a horse’s training. I’m not referring to signals for “whoa” and “go” or to direct reining left and right....

True Sorts Cows

I’ve been training True to observe, approach, and accept cows as described in my last few Horse Network articles. The sequence offers a concrete example of training a young horse...

Let’s Watch a Calf Sorting

Twice so far I have shared True’s experiences with cows. In my first article about it a couple of weeks ago, he produced a spectacular display of equine fear upon...

The Sneaky Instructor

The following is an excerpt from Never Trust a Sneaky Pony, and Other Things They Did Not Teach Me in Vet School, by Dr. Madison Seamans, DVM. College for most...

Ninja Cows Redux

Last week, I described True’s first experience with cows. That event actually happened about a year ago. Three had escaped from a neighbor’s pasture and came within a few hundred...

Ninja Cows and Trust

Just when green horses begin to settle and learn, something unexpected jumps in the way. That’s a big part of training youngsters: getting them used to all the strange smells,...

A Friendly Assessment

I like to assess my horses’ progress every few months, as described previously in this column. Each time, I consider in detail what the horse has and has not learned,...

On the Trail in Golden Slippers

Sasquatch finally has hoof boots! You might recall from last week that True’s feet are very hard to fit because they are wider than they are long. Not to mention,...

Moving Shoulders and Hips

Lateral work is helpful in strengthening and suppling the equine body, and in teaching the horse more advanced moves in performance. Most people start moving a horse’s shoulders and hips...

Bizarre Olympic Horse Sports

When I think of summer Olympic sports, I think of track and field, swimming, gymnastics, equestrian and a few other staples. But now because I have successfully made it to...

Groundwork on the Move

Last week, I introduced the basics of teaching True to stand still and respect human spatial boundaries on a halter and lead. Once he understood those foundations, we moved on...

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