There are No Problem Horses, Only Problem Riders

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The best-selling guide to horsemanship—for English and Western riders

THERE ARE NO PROBLEM HORSES, ONLY PROBLEM RIDERS has stood for twenty years as an indispensable text in its field. As Mary Twelveponies writes in her introduction, "It is the hardest pill for all of us would-be horsemen to swallow, but it is absolutely true—if the horse is not responding properly, we are doing something wrong." This easy-to-read guide offers sensible advice on every common problem you may have...

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Overview

The best-selling guide to horsemanship—for English and Western riders

THERE ARE NO PROBLEM HORSES, ONLY PROBLEM RIDERS has stood for twenty years as an indispensable text in its field. As Mary Twelveponies writes in her introduction, "It is the hardest pill for all of us would-be horsemen to swallow, but it is absolutely true—if the horse is not responding properly, we are doing something wrong." This easy-to-read guide offers sensible advice on every common problem you may have in handling your horse, and provides highly effective solutions.

Newly introduced by John Lyons, America’s Most Trusted Horseman, this reissue covers everything from dressage to barrel racing, show jumping to endurance riding.

This book covers every common problem in handling horses and offers safe and effective solutions.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618127504
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 12/15/2001
  • Pages: 258
  • Sales rank: 780,430
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Twelveponies lives in Palo Cedro, in northern California.

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Table of Contents

Author's Note viii
Foreword ix
Introduction: Why We Have Problem Horses xv
Part I Basics
1 Communication 3
Learning the horse's language 3
Becoming the horse's boss 29
2 Basic Training 15
Training the horse to go forward 15
3 Controlling the Horse 25
Why horses run away 25
Training the horse to double 29
Turning with the leading rein 34
Part II Problems Under Saddle
4 The Barnsour Horse 39
Causes of barnsourness 39
Teaching the horse to be obedient 40
Training the horse to stop 41
Encouraging the horse to yield to the bit 43
5 Refusal to go 51
Curing specific ways of resisting 51
Gaining the horse's trust 54
How to start riding out again 55
True balking 60
Curing variations on balking 64
6 Runaways 66
7 Prancing 72
8 Rearing 77
9 Standing Quietly 90
Standing for mounting 90
Standing quietly under saddle 98
10 Vices Under Saddle 101
Biting 101
Kicking 102
Bucking 104
Backing 108
11 Shying 111
Gaining the horse's trust 111
The nervous rider 113
Going through water 114
Going straight past a "booger" 119
Training for traffic 120
Incidental "boogers" 121
12 Leads 123
Laying the foundation for leads 124
Flying changes 130
Slowing the gaits 131
13 Problems When Mounted 134
Neckreining 134
The switchtail 139
Using spurs 141
Mouth problems 141
14 Fear 144
Part III Problems on the Ground
15 Leading and Tying 155
Halter breaking the foal 155
Problems during leading and tying 160
Curing pullers 165
16 Trailer Loading 169
Training to avoid problems 169
Proper attitude of handler 173
Proper loading procedures 174
17 Loading Problem Horses 180
Handling various problems 180
Loading the suckling foal 189
18 Vices on the Ground 192
Causes of aggressiveness 192
Biting 193
Striking 196
Sacking out the horse 197
Kicking 199
19 Chasing; Hard to Catch 203
Chasing 203
Hard to catch 205
20 Problems in Handling 215
Picking up the horse's feet 215
Saddling 218
Bridling 221
Epilogue 227
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