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December 2003

Happy Holidays Issue

Christmas stocking filled with Horsekeeping videos and books.This newsletter is a personal letter from me to you,
a fellow horse owner and enthusiast.
My goal is to answer some of your questions and send you interesting stories
and helpful tips for your horse care, training, and riding.

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riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 1: Show Supplies You Need

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 2: Blanket Rods for a Barn
                 Pick Up Stud's Feet Without Getting Kicked

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 3: Teach A Horse to Lay Down

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 4: 'Fraidy Cat Horse Solutions

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 5 : What is a Midweight Blanket?

riding, horse, injury,rehab,rehabilitation,surgery,recovery,balance,attitude,exercises, rider, balance,PAGE 6 : Why Spread Manure on Frozen Ground?
                   How to "Ask Cherry"

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How do I teach my horse to lay down and rear up?

Hi Cherry,

I am really into having the best relationship possible with my mare "shadow".I bought her for $200 dollars from a familly that couldnt ride her because she was "dangerous" they couldnt even get on her...since then it has take about 1 month of riding her for an hour or a so a week and i now ride her comfortably in a only a halter....i believe shadow has potential to learn alot and i was wondering if you know any methods of teching a horse to lay down like you see in those photos where the trainer is laying on the horse when its on the ground... they can get their horses to sit down and rear up on comand.... if you could help me out here i would love it because no where i have seen on the net at all has methods for teaching your horse these tricks...i know i would need to have her trust to do this... i can approach her when she is laying down and she will stay there and i can sit next to her for some while... but she is not comfortable... your helo would be greatly appreaciated!!!thank you,

jaimen

Jaimen,

I've never wanted to teach my horses to lay down or rear up so I might not be the best person to ask this question. On the other hand, maybe that is precisely why I might be the BEST person to ask because my answer will probably help you and your horse stay safe.

Cherry Hill's Horsekeeping AlmanacWhen I was about 12 years old, two girlfriends and I went on a big horseback adventure, riding miles and miles along highways, on gravel roads, and across pastures so that we could visit my Aunt Julia's dairy farm. Two things really stick in my mind from that ride. The first one is that almost as soon as we reined into my aunt's front yard on our sweaty horses, we were attacked by a hoard of horseflies. My aunt, a very old fashioned farm lady that had a heart of gold but not a lot of horse experience or finesse, came at us saying "hello hello!" with a huge hand pump fly spray bomb. I'll never forget her marching toward us with that giant orange and black canister, her arms pumping vigorously which sent a huge cloud of the most awful smelling insecticide all over us. Before any of us could say "Stop!", Margaret's white gelding was standing on his hind legs, something he was prone to do anyway, and which about a year later put Margaret in the hospital.

But that day, she managed to stay on and get him reorganized while I explained to my aunt that the horses were frightened at the sight, sound, and smell of the big dairy barn fly bomb and she stopped spraying us. Whew. In her usual big smile way, she took no offense at our rejection of her gesture to help and she encouraged us to head down to the stream so we could give our horses a drink and cool off.

Now we come to the second thing that really made an impression on me that day. When Pat and Margaret and I got to the stream, almost immediately, Margaret's gelding layed down in the water. There was nothing Margaret could do to stop him. Once he was down, she had the good sense to jump off because he started to roll in the water, saddle and all. What a mess.

Since that day, I've seen many many horses rear while being led or ridden and I've seen a couple of other horses lay down with their riders. Such unwanted behavior has never been a pretty sight and it has often resulted in injury or the horse being sold. So I have never wanted to teach my horses to rear or lay down.

Making Not Breaking by Cherry HillHowever, if you have your mind set on rearing like the Lone Ranger or laying your horse down like a "horse whisperer", first be sure your horse has a solid background in the basics. From what you describe, it sounds like you have a start, but be sure you can do all of the "normal" things with Shadow before you start trick training. A solid ground training program is essential before you add tricks. Below I'll list some articles and books to help you with ground training. Be sure you can do all the things on the "In Hand Checklist" below before you ever consider trick training.

Once you feel Shadow has a solid background in the basics (maybe two years from now?) and you feel it is time to pursue trick training, you'll find help at
Trick Horse Training .

Best of luck.

Cherry Hill

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In-Hand Work

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