When you bring a new horse home, it is just like a baby – needing your care and attention. And along with care your horse also needs to learn – and that is why you need to know the basics of training your horse.
Horse training, ideally, is something that you should do with the help and instructions of an expert. But even so, we are just giving you a few pointers here. These are the basic things you need to keep in mind.
- Horse training means you need to know what you are doing.
- Make sure you also know what the basics that you will need to teach your horse are.
- When starting the training, start with the simplest things first and graduate to more complex matters later – neck reining should be the first step in training, followed by more complex things.
- Make sure you are training the horse for its specific age range – not all horses will accept the same kind of training.
And now for some training basics
We could have gone through a lengthy list of to-dos, but we thought it best you look to the above video that actually shows you what you are trying to achieve and our post about positive horse training tips tells you also a lot. Mind you, this is a horse that has been a few days in training and has been broken right. To start off, your boy won’t be. And so, you need to make sure that you take things slow and stay patient.
To manage this training, there are a few things you will need:
- No. 1 is a round pen or an enclosed space where you can carry out the training.
- You also need to have safe horse treats ready for rewarding.
- You will also need the basic tack and equipment such as saddle blankets that can ensure that your horse gets complete training in wearing them or their purpose.
And finally for…
A handful of problems that you are likely to face
Here are a few problems that you could face when trying to train your horse – we also explain what not to do in the circumstances:
- Your horse may bite. So check out this post about how to choose the right halter.
- It isn’t able to understand what you tell him.
- The horse bucks when ridden.
- It resists getting caught.
Check out also this post: How To Buy The Right Western/Trail Saddle. Now for what could be causing these problems and what you can do:
- It could be health issues like foot and/or leg injuries.
- It could also be that the horse is getting the wrong signals from you.
- It could even mean that the presence of other people at the time of training is distracting the horse.
And to avoid these issues, keep in mind:
- Don’t rush your horse – take it slow. Steer the tail and get control of your horse.
- Give rewards and treats to tell him that he’s doing the right thing.
- Don’t get angry or frustrated – your horse doesn’t understand these feelings.
- Don’t use violence to train – it will just ensure that your horse is afraid of you and that will hamper his training.
- Make sure you plan tasks that you will be able to complete in the time you have – and basic discipline is essential for the horse to learn.
- Your training sessions should be uninterrupted. So make sure you have everything at hand before you start and ensure you will not be disturbed.
- Each small step – every small development – is a big development with a horse – and especially a more stubborn one. So keep that in mind.
However, in spite of these guidelines, training your horse isn’t a task for beginners. For the time, be sure you do so with the help of a trainer. But once you are more seasoned, then you too can try and train a young horse by yourself.