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Contending that nearly all horse behavior problems result from incorrect or inconsistent training, this work highlights the potential behind the world's promising equine model citizens and partners. The guide emphasizes systematic reconditioning while encouraging patience and proper skills in riders, providing a comprehensive plan for addressing issues such as bucking, bolting, rearing, spooking, lack of confidence, jumping issues, and more. Featuring a clear, accessible outline, this is the definitive solution to implementing consistent training methods, allowing riders to take full advantage of their horses' unrealized abilities. Suggestions for starting young horses, detailed case studies, and strategies for future success are also included.
Doug Payne is a graduated top-rated Pony Club member who teaches for his local chapter. He is the owner and founder of DPEquestrian, which trains horses for competition, and his own 2011 competition record garnered more than 100 starts, 16 wins, and 29 top-five finishes in straight jumping at all levels. He is a member of the 2011 U.S. Equestrian Team High Performance List, which comprises the country’s top riders, and one of the U.S. Eventing Association’s top 10 riders nationwide. He lives in Pottersville, New Jersey.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Linda Zang vii Foreword by Anne Kursinski viii
PART 1: Getting Started 1 Introduction 3 One: A Strategy for Avoiding Behavior Problems 13 Lay a Solid Foundation 16 Two: How to Start a Young Horse: A Brief Guide 19 A Training Timeline 21 Three: Training Step by Step: Work on the Ground 27 In-Hand Training Methods 27 Four: Training Step by Step: Ridden Work 39 Mounting 39 Summary: Building Blocks 45 Five: Behavior Problems: A General Assessment 47 Physical Issues 47 Educational Issues 49
PART 2: Let the Games Begin 57 Six: Before You Begin: Horse and Rider Self-Examination” 59 Evaluating the Horse 60 Evaluating the Rider 61 The Common Problems Most Riders Can Solve 64 Section I: Contact Issues 65 First Rule Out: Physical Causes 66 Grabbing the Reins 68 Head-Tilting 72 Grinding Teeth 74 Tongue Issues 75 Crossing the Jaw and Grabbing the Bit to Bolt 80 Strong Horses or Pullers” 86 Section II: Unruly Outbursts 91 Rearing 91 Bucking 99 Bolting 110 Spooking 112 Barn Sour”/Nappy/Drops the Shoulder 116 Unclear Transition with Unexpected Results 119 The Stubborn Freeze” 122 Nervous and Anxious 124 The Horse That Lacks Confidence 128 The Bully 130 Section III: Jumping Problems 133 General Jumping Philosophy 133 Running Out 135 Drifting 140 Stopping/Refusing 148 Rushing the Fence 169 Bonus Section: The Pace of the Canter: How to Jump Different Types of Fences 172
PART 3: How It Can Work for You, How It Has Worked for Me 185 Seven: Strategies for Future Success 187 Minimize Your Training Aids 187 Applying My Philosophy to Other Problems 188 When and How to Raise Your Expectations 189 Conclusion 191 Eight: Real Case Studies: Horses I Have Ridden 193 The Alchemyst 194 Crown Talisman 198 Courage 202 Running Order 204