Horse Training Progression

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Training Progression

Cherry,

    I have a mustang mare that I want to train to ride.  What are the  major steps in training a horse?  When the horse does good, do you give it it's favorite treat like you do a dog when you are training it?   How can it be so difficult?   It seems to me or from my experience it is fairly easy.

Lindsey


Dear Lindsey,

    Horse training is a very broad subject and so vast and interesting that it has been my life-long pursuit.  That's why I have written so many books and articles related to it.  Be sure to get some very experienced help training your mustang mare.  Here is a brief outline of some of the steps in training a horse:

Catching

In-hand work: walk, trot, whoa, back, turn while leading the horse with a halter and lead.

Manners: tying, picking up feed, grooming, moving over while tied, tacking up, manners for veterinary work, farrier work.

Longeing (lungeing): working the horse around you freely or on a 30 foot longe line at walk, trot, lope

Ground driving: driving the horse with horse tacked up in saddle, bridle and with 30 foot long reins

Mounted training: mounting, walk, stop, turn, trot, lope, etc.
 

Horse treats are not usually used as with dogs.  A reward for a horse is a rest break or a scratch on the withers or a voice ("Goooood") that the horse has learned to appreciate.

 

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