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Approaching and Moving Around a Horse Tied to a Rail

In All The Tie Rail, Ground Work, Horsemanship by Eric Ancker0 Comments

Navigating horses safely is humongously important, mostly because the consequences of not being safe can be catastrophic. There are two risky areas in particular: (1) when you are approaching a horse and (2) when you are walking behind a horse. Approaching a Horse When approaching a horse, you don't want to scare him. Bad things can happen when horses are scared. Remember: you're talking ...
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Using Your Voice

In All The Tie Rail, Ground Work, Horsemanship, Riding by Eric Ancker0 Comments

When working with horses, you have four basic aids: legs, weight, hands, and voice. Of these aids, voice is often overlooked or forgotten—maybe because people are embarrassed or think it sounds silly, or maybe because people just plain forget most of the time. Truth is, a lot people spend much of their time around horses without ever making a sound. And if you think about it, they’re …

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Being Malleable

In All The Tie Rail, Ground Work, Horsemanship, Riding by Eric Ancker0 Comments

What does it mean to be malleable? Why must we be it? How do we be it? Well let's start at the top and weave our way through. What is malleability? Merriam-Webster defines malleable as: : capable of being stretched or bent into different shapes : capable of being easily changed or influenced In thinking about malleability when working with horses, ...
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2 Knots

In All The Tie Rail, Ground Work, Tack and Equipment by Eric Ancker1 Comment

Updated 9/3/15, Originally Posted 3/4/14 There are 2 knots… that I think are a must to know if you have or work with horses. But the first thing I want to stress is the importance of watching your fingers. Fingers get caught in knots, when they do you lose them. Don’t put your fingers in any loop – ever. Hold the rope …

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Introducing Your Horse to Stuff: Umbrellas

In All The Tie Rail, Ground Work, Horsemanship by Eric Ancker0 Comments

Along the lines of Letting Things Take as Much Time as They Need to Take are the essentials of desensitizing your horse to crazy scary things—basically anything your horse hasn’t seen or experienced before. Let’s use umbrellas as a starting point for jumping into the wonderful wild world of introducing your horse to the unfamiliar and helping him see them as harmless things that won’t …

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Basic Grooming

In All The Tie Rail, Ground Work, Tack and Equipment by Eric Ancker0 Comments

Updated 8/26/15, Originally Posted 4/8/15 So many tools…hoof picks, dandy brushes, body brushes, curry combs, shedding blades and vacuums. What’s a girl to do? Here is a basic guide on how to get a horse ready to ride. We’re not talking competition grooming, we’re not even talking nice-restaurant clean, but we are talking clean enough and thorough enough for everyday use. …

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On Relationships & Shoveling Poop REPOST

In All The Tie Rail, Ground Work, Horsemanship, Riding by Caro Garner0 Comments

The following seems fitting after the post Letting Things Take as Much Time as They Need to Take. Think of it as real-world proof that everything takes time. But even more important is what happens after that time has been taken. On Relationships & Shoveling Poop addresses that end—taking your time is worth it. Caro’s relationship with her horse (after time and effort) has become …

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Getting Your Horse’s Head Down

In All The Tie Rail, Ground Work, Horsemanship by Eric Ancker

Horses are prey animals, so they live by the Prey Animal Code of Conduct, of which Article III, section 7.6, subparagraph (iii) reads:  When in doubt, raise your head and snort. If still in doubt after said raising and snorting, run. If someone nearby has already done the raising and snorting, definitely run. If someone near you runs and you ...