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Posted in 101 Ground Training Exercises, 101 Ground Training Exercises - Spanish Translation, Books, Bridling, Catching, Desensitization, Exercise, Free Longeing, Ground Driving, Ground Training, Halter Training, Handling, In-Hand Work, Long Lining, Longeing, Personal Space, Press Release, Respect, Trailer Loading, tagged cherry hill, equine, ground training, horse, horse books, training on October 7, 2013| Leave a Comment »
Posted in 101 Ground Training Exercises, Books, Bridling, Catching, Desensitization, Exercise, Free Longeing, Ground Driving, Ground Training, Halter Training, Handling, In-Hand Work, Long Lining, Longeing, Personal Space, Press Release, Respect, Tack, Trailer Loading, Training, tagged cherry hill, equine, exercises, ground driving, ground training, horse behavior, in hand, lessons, long lining, long reining, longeing, longing, lunging, sacking out, training on April 19, 2012| 1 Comment »
So many of you have been asking me about my new book – well it is finally here !
101 GROUND TRAINING EXERCISES
for Every Horse & Handler
8 1/2″ x 11″
over 200 drawings and photos
comb bound and punched for hanging
“Every moment you spend with your horse is an opportunity to instill good habits and develop his respect, trust, and willingness to work with you. All horses need a solid foundation of in-hand and guide-line training in order to be safe to handle and ride”.
Cherry Hill’s comprehensive collection of 101 ground-training exercises leads you and your horse through catching, yielding, turning, sacking out, backing, longeing, long lining, doing obstacle work, and much more. Every exercise is fully illustrated and described in easy-to-follow, step-by-step language that you can refer to during your ground training work — simply hang the book in the barn or on a fence post, and your’re ready to go! The exercises include clear goals, variations, common problems to watch out for, and lesson reviews.
Posted in Bad Habits, Catching, Desensitization, Free Longeing, Ground Training, Halter Training, Handling, Horse Handling and Grooming, Pulling, Spooking, Training, tagged cherry hill, equine, ground training, halter horse, haltering a horse, safety, spooky horse, tie horse, training on January 2, 2012| Leave a Comment »
We recently brought home two horses. The 4-year old mare is a sweetie and not issues but the 7-year old gelding is nervous and spooky.
Three days ago during feeding he spooked and broke his halter. (The mare flinched at something and the gelding turned it into a panic, rearing back until the halter gave way.) I was moving slowly and deliberately around them so I am not sure what caused the mare to flinch but the gelding seems to be a bit of a basket case.
I have worked for two days being very gentle but insistent with the halter and still have not been able to get it on him. I don’t want to press the issue because he doesn’t know me that well yet and has only had a few days to get used to our pasture. While he was eating, I had the halter nearby and would move it around so he could hear it jingle. When he quit freaking out at every noise, I held it so that he would have to put his nose in the halter to take a bite from the bucket.
I didn’t push the issue but slowly would move the halter around and by the time he finished eating I was scratching his jaw on the right side but was not able to get the strap over his head without him moving away from me. I didn’t want to chase him, thinking this would cause further issues, but I was calm to the best of my ability and spoke soothingly to him. Am I on the right track? Do you have some advice that would help me to make this process go more smoothly? Thanks! Kathy
Although you need to proceed with caution around horses for both your own safety and that of the horse, often sneaking around and being overly cautious seems to make horses more nervous and suspicious.
To me from what little you say, I’d say this. The gelding never learned to stand quietly when tied. And actually before that he never had been taught to be confident in the world of man, so is suspicious to the point of panic.
At 7 years of age, that is quite behind the program and now being a full grown, strong horse, it makes things especially more challenging and dangerous.
What I would do is start from square one with the horse free in a small, safe sturdy pen. You will have to have the time it takes with a small goal each session. Don’t use feed to distract or bribe the horse.
Perhaps at first just the goal of being in the enclosure with the horse without him trying to get away from you or turn his rump toward you.
Then a goal of him allowing you to come up to him and touch him.
From this point you can continue the lessons in the small enclosure or move to a small round pen (maybe 50 feet in diameter) where you can free longe the horse around you at a walk, trot, halt.
Eventually you will progress to putting the halter on the horse after you have halted him and walked up to him. It can be with you or an assistant holding the horse with loop around his neck or it can be with you solo and the horse free. You will put the halter on matter of factly, not using grain.
Just halter the horse using normal, safe procedures.
If the horse tries to move away, let him and send him around you free longeing. Then stop him, walk up to him and begin again.
Once you have successfully haltered the horse, unhalter him. And rehalter him. Do this until he no longer flinches or wants to move away. Haltering and unhaltering then will be you main lesson until it becomes second nature.
There are many articles on my Horse Information Roundup that will help you – just look in the Ground Training section.
And a good illustrated reference on proper handling techniques including haltering, tying and much more is Horse Handling and Grooming.
Best of luck. Cherry Hill
Posted in Behavior, Books, Bridling, Catching, Desensitization, Free Longeing, Ground Driving, Ground Training, Halter Training, Handling, In-Hand Work, Long Lining, Longeing, Personal Space, Respect, Riding, Trailer Loading, Training, What Every Horse Should Know, tagged book review, cherry hill, equine, ground training, horse, horse care, horseback riding, riding, training, what every horse should know on July 25, 2011| Leave a Comment »
What Every Horse Should Know by Cherry Hill
“Essential information for any horse owner.”
Horsemen’s Yankee Pedlar, April 2011
“This book, a follow-up to the successful How to Think Like a Horse, is packed with information that every domestic horse needs to know in order to live a fulfulling life around humans. Regardless of discipline or age, there are certain lessons that we should all teach our horses in order to create a respectful relationship with them and eleiminate fear of people or their surroundings. Hill divides her book into threee sections: “No Fear”, “Leadership and Partnership”, and in-hand under-saddle exercises called “The Work”.
“Hill’s book reminds us that horses aren’t naturally adapted to live in our world, so if we want them to live happily alongside us, it’s our job to teach them how to act appropriately and enjoy domestic lie. Throughout the book there is essential information to better help us understand how our horse perceives our actions, and how we can make him more comfortable with things that he naturally has an aversion to. All of the advice is extremely practical and helps the reader to get inside the horse’s mind, in order to help him become well-adjusted to both humans and every day equipment. Well organized and full of photos and drawings, there is a lot to be learned from Hill’s newest book.”
“BOTTOM LINE: Essential information for any horse owner.”
Posted in Behavior, Body Slamming, Books, Buddy Bound, Ground Training, Halter Training, Handling, Herd Bound, How to Think Like a Horse, In-Hand Work, Management, Pasture, Rushing, tagged barn sour, buddy bound, confidence, equine, ground training, herd bound, horse, horsekeeping, training on June 23, 2011| Leave a Comment »
My friend has a 5 year old filly. When he puts her out in the pasture she will stay by the back door unless another horse or even one of the llamas is out. When he tries to walk her out in the pasture she goes in circles and tires him out by pushing on him to get him to go back to the barn. Daryl
Horses are herd animals so seek comfort and security in numbers. This filly lacks confidence so just for safety sake, she would benefit from a companion animal (llama or another horse) when out on pasture.
To build her confidence, your friend could hold her training and riding sessions out in the pasture, building a strong bond with her out there. It sounds like she needs a thorough ground training review if she whirls or pushes when he tries to lead her. There are many articles on this blog (use the search tool in the right hand column) and my website horsekeeping.com related to behavior and ground training.
Posted in Behavior, Free Longeing, Ground Training, Halter Training, Handling, In-Hand Work, Pecking Order, Rushing, Training, tagged aggressive horse, equine, ground training, horse behavior, pasture aggression, pasture manners, pecking order, training on June 8, 2011| Leave a Comment »
My 20 year old niece has 5 horses one being a 4 year old paint. He has become very territorial of his field so much so that he will charge anyone that walks through the field. He has even charged up to the fence if someone is standing near by. How can we work with him to change this behavior?
The horse (I assume it is a gelding, if not, write me back and I’ll modify my answer) should be brought in from pasture to a separate training area, away from other horses and in a place that is safe to work. A 40-50 foot diameter round pen or 40 x 40 square pen works well for this.
The horse needs to learn basic in-hand and free exercises and the lessons must be repeated until the horse is obedient and submissive to humans. When a horse is dominant over other horses, that’s OK, that’s horse natural behavior. But when a horse acts dominant over humans, it is dangerous and the horse needs to be shown a different, safer way to act around humans.
Distilling things down in a smaller enclosure will help make the positive associations, then you will have a better chance of reminding the horse when you return him to the pasture group.
Some of the lessons he will need to learn are in this In Hand Checklist – a review of things he already knows will be helpful too.
Teaching him to Respect Your Personal Space is essential.
More on Personal Space here.
Here are some more pertinent articles
I have hundreds of articles on horse care and training on my website. Be sure to search there for your topic of interest.
Posted in Behavior, Check, Forward, Ground Driving, Ground Training, Half Halt, Halter Training, In-Hand Work, Long Lining, Longeing, Riding, Rushing, Training, tagged balance, equine, exercises, ground training, horse, horse pushes into bit, horseback riding, riding, rushing horse, training on May 14, 2011| Leave a Comment »