Smart Start: Building a Strong Foundation for Your Horse

Smart Start: Building a Strong Foundation for Your Horse

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by Stacy Westfall, Sue Copeland
     
 

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Whether you want to build a solid foundation in your young horse or refresh an older horse's manners, this colt-starting program, featuring “emotional training,” is for you. It's based on techniques Stacy Westfall used to win the prestigious Road to the Horse colt-starting competition in 2006.

Stacy Westfall shows you how to introduce pressure

Overview

Whether you want to build a solid foundation in your young horse or refresh an older horse's manners, this colt-starting program, featuring “emotional training,” is for you. It's based on techniques Stacy Westfall used to win the prestigious Road to the Horse colt-starting competition in 2006.

Stacy Westfall shows you how to introduce pressure to a horse in a safe environment so he'll be able to control his fear in the real world, thus building his and your confidence, and making him a safer partner.

In Smart Start, you'll learn how to:

• Read your horse's body language to establish the communication necessary for safety and basic control
• Establish respect and build trust
• Develop responsiveness and self-confidence in your horse
• Gain independent control of his head, shoulders, and hips, which will increase your safety and ability to direct his movement both on the ground and under saddle
• Establish forward motion — the key to control when you mount up
• Use verbal cues
• Despook your horse

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014920094
Publisher:
Active Interest Media
Publication date:
07/31/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
120
Sales rank:
581,924
File size:
11 MB
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Meet the Author

Stacy Westfall is a freestyle reining champion best known for riding bareback and bridleless. She won the 2006 Road to the Horse colt-starting competition using the same colt-starting techniques she now shares in this book. Stacy serves as an inspiration to many as she offers horsemanship clinics, shares her training philosophies at expos and fairs, and continues to actively train and compete in the reining arena.

Sue M. Copeland is an award-winning former editor of Horse&Rider magazine and the editor or coauthor of 10 books. She remains a contributing editor to the magazine and also shows hunters on a national level.

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Smart Start: Building a Strong Foundation for Your Horse 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is going to help me a lot. I have a 4 year old mare that needs some work, and a 31 year old gelding who could use some freshening-up on who's boss! Thanks again! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a very good book. Easy to read and understand. Some of her training techniques aren't used by other trainers. I will use some of these techniques when I start training my 2 year old horse this summer!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it a very easy read and helpful book