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.
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:
work: walk, trot, whoa, back, turn while leading the horse with a halter and
Manners: tying, picking
up feed, grooming, moving over while tied, tacking up, manners for veterinary
work, farrier work.
working the horse around you freely or on a 30 foot longe line at walk, trot,
Ground driving: driving
the horse with horse tacked up in saddle, bridle and with 30 foot long reins
training: mounting, walk, stop, turn, trot, lope, etc.
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.