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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, Behavior, Ground Training, How to Think Like a Horse, In-Hand Work, Nipping, Personal Space, Pushiness, Respect, Training, What Every Horse Should Know, tagged cherry hill, equine, horse, horse behavior, pecking order, personal space, respect, training on February 19, 2012| Leave a Comment »
I am a very inexperienced horse person, but I want to get more involved with horses. I had my first official training session the other day and everything went really well. I just have a question about how the horse, a 22 yr old mare, behaved at the end of the ride. I was leading her back to her regular stall, but had to stop walking for just a second to talk to someone. She stopped and stood there relaxed for a few seconds, but then out of nowhere she nudged me on the side/arm. It wasn’t rough enough to put me off balance, but it was sudden enough for me to get a little nervous. I am wondering what this meant and when/how to react to it. I keep reading different opinions – some saying it’s affection others saying it’s disrespect. I doubt it was affection as this horse doesn’t know me. All I did was tell her “hey, no girl” in a firm voice and she didn’t do it again.
She was so close to me that I couldn’t really see what the rest of her body was doing, legs, rear etc… Any advice or interpretation? I want to make sure I did the right thing, and if not what to do next time. Thank you!
The mare was probably testing the waters, checking to see if she could nudge into your space or push you a little bit, so in a way, it is
a form of disrespect…….like if someone interrupted you while you were talking and wanted you to get going…….you reacted perfectly.
If she, or another horse does this again, stand your ground – in other words, don’t move yourself, keep your feet planted and flick your elbow at the horse to tell it to stay in its own space, and you can use a short voice command like “No” or “Go on”. The important thing is to not move yourself or the horse “won”.
If you watch horses interact with each other, they tell other horses to stay out of their space in various ways. They might do it with a nudge or a bite, kick, lunge, strike, body slam….so this mare was using a mild form of pushiness, but pushiness nonetheless.
To read more about horse behavior, refer to How to Think Like a Horse.
Posted in Behavior, Catching, Ground Training, Handling, In-Hand Work, Nipping, Personal Space, Respect, Training, What Every Horse Should Know, tagged attitude, biting, equine, ground training, horse behavior, nipping, training on August 19, 2011| 4 Comments »
My question is about a riding-school horse: in the scenario below, what if anything should I have done differently?
At this school, students ride a different horse every time. Over weeks or months, a student might ride the same horse again. This was the first and only time so far I was assigned to this horse.
When I first entered her pipe-stall, she acted friendly and let me remove her blanket. But when I re-entered the stall with halter and lead rope, she nipped at the air in my direction. She did this every time I slowly moved the halter toward her nose and she became more aggressive.
My job was to catch her, lead her to cross-ties, and tack her up in time for a riding lesson 30 minutes later.
I reasoned that I should not reward her nipping by backing off or going away (to get help!). Instead I growled (yelling or shouting are expressly forbidden in this barn) and let her know she couldn’t get rid of me, by keeping my fingertips on her shoulder, at arm’s length, and following her as she rotated around her stall, away from me. After some 20 nips, she gave up and let me put the halter on her. After that everything was fine.
What should I have done differently? Caroline
If the purpose of the lessons at this schools is to test a students ability to deal with various horses, then I would say in general, you did an acceptable job. But if testing was the aim, then you would have received an evaluation and critique from an instructor who was watching. It sounds as though you did not.
If the purpose of the school is to teach students how to interact with various types of horses, then I would say the school failed. With a horse like this, it should have taken one of the instructors just a few minutes to demonstrate the best way to approach, catch and halter this particular horse in her pipe stall. Then you could have done the same. An instructor would have been able to advise you whether the horse was playing a game with you or was truly aggressive, something I can not ascertain from an email.
I am positively impressed with your savvy to not reward her with backing off from her attempts at nipping.
What should you have done differently? Perhaps after catching the horse and haltering her, you could have turned her loose, left her pen and then asked an instructor to watch as you approached, caught and haltered the horse once again.
A lesson begins the moment you begin approaching a horse. A riding school should instruct from that point on, not just when you are in the saddle.
Thanks for the good question.
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, Ground Training, How to Think Like a Horse, In-Hand Work, Personal Space, Respect, Safety, Striking, What Every Horse Should Know, tagged ground training, herd behavior, horse behavior, mare behavior, pecking order, safety, striking, training on July 20, 2011| Leave a Comment »
I had an experience last night that I do not want repeated. I went into the pasture to feed my 3 horses their evening hay ration and all was well until all of a sudden my 10 yr old QH/Arab mare whom I have owned for 5 years now flew at my 5 yr old daughter striking with her with her front foot on the forehead. The mare had her hay in front of her with no competition around. It came out of the blue with no warning signs. My daughter was about 4 feet from me waiting patiently for me to finish my task. My mare acted as if my daughter was one of the herd and she had to put her in her place. This mare is very aggressive toward other horses (who were on the other side of the fence at the time) during feeding time but she has never shown this behavior towards humans before. Any suggestions? Needless to say I am questioning the wisdom of having an unpredictable horse such as this around given that I have 2 children ages 7 and 5 that I would like to experience the wonderful world of horse ownership. Any suggestions? My daughter was fortunate not to be hurt just very frightened.
This seems to be, as you suggest, a pecking order move and could also be caused by hormones in the mare’s cycle. So although we try to understand How to Think Like a Horse, it is essential we teach them boundaries of behavior around humans.
There are certain lessons that that every horse should know. If you are capable of conducting ground lessons such as I outline in the articles here on this blog, on my website and in my books, that would be good. I’m talking about respect and personal space lessons.
First in an enclosed area. Then in an enclosed area with feed. Then in a pasture group. Then with feed. It is a progression outlined many times before since these types of things seem to come up often as questions. I’ve hyperlinked some articles within this answer and you can go to my Horse Information Roundup to find a complete list of online articles and related Q&As.
Definitely keep you children safe and only add them to the situation if you feel confident you have established respect and personal space with this mare beforehand.
Best of luck with it.
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 »