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My Approach

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

My Approach is the hardest definition I’ve had to produce yet. The short and sweet is that My Approach is Natural Horsemanship with an emphasis on the school of “I’m open to new ideas.” I wish I could say I believe in whatever works, but when I take a hard look into myself, I have a few beliefs that outweigh this idea. First and foremost, I …

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Anthropomorphizing Horses

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Prerequisite: Understanding Anthropomorphizing Anthropomorphism Horses are horses. People are people. Horses aren’t people and people aren’t horses. This doesn’t mean that a person can’t have a nice, understanding relationship with a horse. What it does mean however, is that people (due to their size in relation to the horse) need to be careful and a bit wary of the horse in order …

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Picking a Hoof

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Let me tell ya, picking a horse’s hooves is one incredibly important thing to do. And you can’t do it enough. Those feet are your only connection with the ground when you’re on your horse’s back so take good care of ’em. Doesn’t mater if your horse has shoes or is barefoot one of the most important things to do …

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How Horses See

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How do horses see?Tough question. The real answer is nobody really knows but we can make a good guess based on a few things we do know: Horses have a much wider field of view than humans. They can see almost all the way around themselves (~195 degrees per eye). Horses see out of each eye independently. Two monocular visioning eyes. Imagine that—two ...
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Haltering and Tying a Horse

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 Prerequisite steps needed… Step 1: Read my post 2 Knots. Then come back. It’s important to have a knot down so well that you don’t have to think about it. Then come back and move on to step 2. Step 2: Learn to tie a rope halter correctly right now. The halter will be much safer and will work much better …

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Hand Feeding a Horse

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“But it’s so fun” said every girl in the history of all time. – Denise OK, first things first. Don’t hand feed your horse. But, if you are OK with the possible implications of it…go for it. As long as you are aware of the following information, make your own decisions. But, don’t hand feed ’em. Here’s the deal, if …

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Feeding

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

Good lord this is a hard one. Once again remember the incomparably smart words of my better half: “I’m a firm believer in whatever works….” –CA Here’s the basic breakdown: How much food? ~2% of the horse’s body weight per day in total feed. What kind? This is where it really gets sticky. But basically for a plain ol’ trail horse alfalfa …

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Helmet, Rope, Boot

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

Helmet Troxel Sport Troxel Sport- The Original Lightweight Schooling Helmet It’s really hard to know where to start when looking for your first helmet.  There are a lot of companies that sell ’em so if your looking for an inexpensive, good looking and safe helmet . . . The Troxel Sport is my suggestion.  The Sierra and Legacy Gold are also good helmets but …

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Online Resources

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

PARELLI’S ONLINE RESOURCE http://www.parelli.com/articlestips.html This is a great place to look through some of the best training articles on the net.  When you find a place like this, it’s hard not to spend the whole afternoon reading. HORSETRADER.COM http://www.horsetrader.com/ Looking to buy a horse?  Thinking about it?  Look here first.  Start searching, see what’s out there.  I promise, it won’t …

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Reading materials

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CHA COMPOSITE HORSEMANSHIP MANUAL The Certified Horsemanship Association has one of the most comprehensive and well organized manuals out there.  It’s really too bad that more people don’t know about this.  It’s organized into four sections that will take you from novice through advanced riding.  I’ve found this to be my go-to manual for 20 years.  They keep it up …