Training your horse is not out of your reach! Common Sense Horsemanship will give specific information, videos, references, photos etc… for easy methods to do basic training with your horse.

Remember, this takes Common Sense, so read through these tips before getting started:

1. Pick a horse to work with that is WITHIN YOUR ABILITIES. The biggest reason people become frustrated or hurt training their horse is that there is too big a difference between the HorsePerson (HP) and the Horse.

Check out the charts to evaluate personality: horsepersonalityeval as well as your horses’  experiences with being handled: horsehandlingeval before proceeding. I also find these helpful when looking at a potential horse to buy.

Here are some examples of what I’m talking about…

A good match: a beginner with an older horse with rock solid training that has basic manners, but may need some tuning up.

A bad match: someone who has no riding experience taking on a 2 year old Arabian stud colt.

A good match: an intermediate rider wants to bring along a calm, uncomplicated young horse who has 90 days or more of training and no bad habits. She is working under a local instructor.

A bad match: an advanced beginner who decides to re-train an abused horse for their first, horse-training experience.

Please, if you don’t feel comfortable working with your horse… there’s a reason for it!

2.) If the horse is slightly outside your comfort zone or abilities, that can be okay if you have an experienced horseperson that can help you locally.

Good: your horse has developed some barn sourness and your riding instructor is going to help you ride through it.

Bad: your rescue horse with deep emotional issues kicked you, breaking your leg and sending you to the ER.

From beginners to lower-intermediate horse persons I do not recommend: rescue horses, stallions, Arabians, young horses (less then five years of age) or horses that have had “bad starts.” You would be better off donating your money to a worthy horse charity and buying a horse that can give you joy and pleasure without the emotional heartache and bonebreak.

3.) Although this blog can help you, remember that you will always need to PLAY IT SAFE. If something frightens you, that is Nature’s Wake-Up Call that you are in over your head. Go seek a local person who can help you make the decision if your horse is a good match for your abilities.

Disclaimer: You are responsible for your actions and how you use this information. Since I am not coaching you, receiving money, or can be there when you do these exercises, I cannot be held accountable for your working conditions or choice of horse. Working with horses is inherently dangerous so plesae, please take heed and make wise decisions based upon your own knowledge and wisdom.

Okay ready? Let’s go get started!