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GETTING THE MOST OF ‘A RIDE OUT’
By Matthew Bohman
Good horsemanship and techniques often come from necessity. In times past anyone who had a horse used it for a purpose or several purposes, as their life or at least their livelihood depended upon--all of which would usually involve traveling long distances. One of the main reasons horses were domesticated is for travel; travel to water, or other resources, as well as to livestock and even, war. If we look into the past, warriors and cowboys are known for having the most well trained horses; this is because they traveled many miles with their mounts and spent nearly 24 hours a day with them. Read more...
Gaining control of each part of the horse’s body will give us control of their feet and allow us to teach them the basic maneuvers that are required of a horse for any endeavor that you and your horse may take on. Through body control we can teach our horses responsibility for maintaining any number of posi- tions for any discipline so that you may perform at a higher level. A horse is a horse no matter the sport we decide to participate in--this means that all disciSplines require the same basic foundation and when this foundation is solidly installed, we can help to ensure more sustained success. Read more...
ADVANCING BODY CONTROL
Today we are going to talk about side-passing, hip control, and turnarounds. If you've followed the instructions from the previous articles with success, these next exercises will come with relative ease and create a more responsive and efficient horse.
At this point you should have a horse that is soft throughout their body and face. Ex- ecuting the side pass will give you the ability to push your horse’s ribs up under them- selves making them straighter and more collected, along with gaining hip control. To start your side-pass find a fence to move along. Walk toward the fence and start to push your horse’s read more...
CONSISTENCY CONSISTENCY CONSISTENCY
The most important ingredient in any training program is consistency. This includes teaching children, dogs, horses or retraining ourselves men- tally or physically. Specifically, with horse train- ing, this means going out and doing the same thing with your horse every day until you and your horse master a technique or maneuver. Horse training is all about mastering the small funda- mental exercises of body control. Even the most athletic maneuvers are simply a combination of small fundamentals put together seamlessly. The greatest horse trainers have figured this out and have become obsessive about mastering basic body control. Read more...
Courtesy Matthew Bohman
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