There Are No Problem Horses, Only Problem Riders

There Are No Problem Horses, Only Problem Riders

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780544312524
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date: 12/28/2001
Pages: 258
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.75(d)

About the Author

Mary Twelveponies lives in Palo Cedro, in northern California.

Table of Contents

Author's Noteviii
Forewordix
Introduction: Why We Have Problem Horsesxv
Part IBasics
1Communication3
Learning the horse's language3
Becoming the horse's boss29
2Basic Training15
Training the horse to go forward15
3Controlling the Horse25
Why horses run away25
Training the horse to double29
Turning with the leading rein34
Part IIProblems Under Saddle
4The Barnsour Horse39
Causes of barnsourness39
Teaching the horse to be obedient40
Training the horse to stop41
Encouraging the horse to yield to the bit43
5Refusal to go51
Curing specific ways of resisting51
Gaining the horse's trust54
How to start riding out again55
True balking60
Curing variations on balking64
6Runaways66
7Prancing72
8Rearing77
9Standing Quietly90
Standing for mounting90
Standing quietly under saddle98
10Vices Under Saddle101
Biting101
Kicking102
Bucking104
Backing108
11Shying111
Gaining the horse's trust111
The nervous rider113
Going through water114
Going straight past a "booger"119
Training for traffic120
Incidental "boogers"121
12Leads123
Laying the foundation for leads124
Flying changes130
Slowing the gaits131
13Problems When Mounted134
Neckreining134
The switchtail139
Using spurs141
Mouth problems141
14Fear144
Part IIIProblems on the Ground
15Leading and Tying155
Halter breaking the foal155
Problems during leading and tying160
Curing pullers165
16Trailer Loading169
Training to avoid problems169
Proper attitude of handler173
Proper loading procedures174
17Loading Problem Horses180
Handling various problems180
Loading the suckling foal189
18Vices on the Ground192
Causes of aggressiveness192
Biting193
Striking196
Sacking out the horse197
Kicking199
19Chasing; Hard to Catch203
Chasing203
Hard to catch205
20Problems in Handling215
Picking up the horse's feet215
Saddling218
Bridling221
Epilogue227

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