Bombproof Your Horse: Teach Your Horse to Be Confident, Obedient, and Safe No Matter What You Encounter

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Every horse, from the pampered show-hunter to the family pet, is faced at one time or another with an object or situation that is overwhelmingly terrifying, or just downright confusing. With his systematic approach to "bombproofing," Sergeant Rick Pelicano of the Maryland National Capitol Park Police shares his methods on how to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to training your horse to deal with such situations. His vividly illustrated manual shows you how to accustom your horse to a variety of ...
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Overview


Every horse, from the pampered show-hunter to the family pet, is faced at one time or another with an object or situation that is overwhelmingly terrifying, or just downright confusing. With his systematic approach to "bombproofing," Sergeant Rick Pelicano of the Maryland National Capitol Park Police shares his methods on how to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to training your horse to deal with such situations. His vividly illustrated manual shows you how to accustom your horse to a variety of circumstances, noises, and objects, thereby turning him into a more pleasurable, submissive, confident, and ultimately safer mount.
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Editorial Reviews

Natural Horse
A wealth of how-to, common sense strategies, and ideas to help you and your horse maneuver through life's obstacles—wherever you go, and whatever pops up! A must-have book!
Northwest Horse Source
“Bombproof Your Horse” provides lots of useful information on how to teach your hors to be confident, obedient, and safe, no matter what he may encounter.
Equestrian
This book certainly will help all horses achieve a new level of good behavior. Even if you only use one or two tips from this volume, it is well worth the purchase price.
Horses All
Sgt. Pelicano presents his bombproofing program in an easy-to understand manner with many photos illustrating his step-by-step techniques.
The Equiery
This book encourages a pro-active approach to desensitizing a horse to a multitude of things. Sprinkled with humor, personal anecdotes and great, fun ideas.
Western Horseman
The recreational rider can use many of the mounted-patrolman's bombproofing techniques to ensure a safer ride.
Horse & Rider
while you and your horse may not encounter many of the obstacles used in the exercises, you'll both gain confidence and skills that will help you through the unexpected—whether you're schooling in an arena or riding in a parade. Mailboxes and trash cans? Piece of cake.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570762604
  • Publisher: Trafalgar Square
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 220
  • Sales rank: 562,283
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Sgt. Rick Pelicano is accredited by the American Riding Instructor Certification Program; in 1995, he was named Instructor of the Year. He lives in Frederick, Maryland.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Introduction: What is Bombproofing? 1
Chapter 1 The Evaluation Quiz for Horse and Rider 6
Chapter 2 Basic Training Exercises 24
Equipment You Need 26
The Three T's of Success: Training, Technique, and Timing 29
Specific Exercises 35
Learning to Develop a Feel 43
The Round Pen and Longeing 44
Chapter 3 Bombproofing Concepts 46
Basic Instincts 47
Section 1 The Comfort Zone, Working Through the Reaction, and Repetition 49
Section 2 Proactive vs. Reactive Skills 57
Section 3 Punishment and Reward 60
Section 4 Testing within Training 61
Chapter 4 Bombproofing Strategies 66
Diversion 67
Movement 69
Reassurance 69
Direction 70
Chapter 5 Working Your Horse from the Ground 76
Tack and Special Equipment 77
The General Plan 83
1 Minimize the Obstacle 83
2 Attempt the Obstacle 83
3 Perform Repetitions 84
4 Make the Obstacle Harder 84
5 Transition to Riding the Obstacle 84
Chapter 6 Dealing with Bad Habits and Nasty Tricks 88
Step 1 Can You Deal with Your Horse's Bad Behavior? 89
Step 2 Is It a Bad Habit or Just a Bad Day? 90
Step 3 Determine Proper Corrective and Preventive Measures 90
Chapter 7 Bombproofing Day 102
Planning and Preparation 103
Step 1 Organize Some Friends 103
Step 2 Decide the Obstacles or Situations You Want to Use 103
Step 3 Schooling Alone or with One Obstacle 104
Bombproofing Day
The General Schooling Plan 104
The Plan in Detail 104
1 Set Up an Obstacle 104
2 Warm Up 105
3 Schooling the Obstacles 105
The Obstacles 111
Occupied Cars, Large Trucks, and Motorcycles 111
Bicycles 112
Road Flares 114
Cage Balls 115
The Trash Pile 115
Plastic Tarps or Rolls of Plastic 118
Nerf Balls 118
Balloons 120
Wooden Bridges and Teeter-Totters 122
Mattresses 123
Smoke and Smoke Machines 125
Carrying Flags 127
Giggle Balls 133
The Noodle Wall 135
Gunfire 135
Making the Day into a Competition 137
Chapter 8 Bombproofing Skills Your Horse Should Possess 142
Chapter 9 Formation Riding and Parades 156
Conclusion: Your Bombproofed Horse 175
Appendix
Resources 175
Photo Credits 176
Index 177
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2005

    Heather, her dad has 30 horses and she is only 13.

    I have 30 horse we breed sale whatever and I think this is a great book . It helps me train the horses and everything.

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