TEN IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN HANDLING HORSES

  1. FOREMOST, YOU MUST GET AND HOLD THE HORSE’S ATTENTION. IF IT WANDERS YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY GET IT BACK, BECAUSE WHERE THE HORSE LOOKS IS WHERE HIS MIND IS AND HE WANTS TO HAVE HIS FEET CATCH UP TO HIS MIND
  2. ALWAYS KEEP THE HORSE’S HEAD AND NOSE TIPPED SLIGHTLY TOWARD YOU IN ALL THAT YOU DO WITH THE HORSE ON THE GROUND
  3. GET CONTROL OF THE HORSE’S FEET BY FIRST CREATING MOVEMENT, THEN BY REDIRECTING THAT MOVEMENT, AND FINALLY BY INHIBITING THAT MOVEMENT
  4. GET THE HORSE TO STAND QUIETLY IN ITS OWN SPACE WHEREVER YOU PUT HIS FEET
  5. GET THE HORSE TO YIELD HIS HINDQUARTERS AND FOREHAND TO PRESSURE
  6. GET THE HORSE TO LEARN TO FOLLOW “THE FEEL OF THE ROPE”
  7. GET THE HORSE TO LATERALLY FLEX ITS HEAD AND NECK BOTH LEFT AND RIGHT AS WELL AS LOWERING ITS HEAD FROM A LIGHT TOUCH OF THE HAND AT THE POLL
  8. GET THE HORSE TO BECOME COMFORTABLE WITH THINGS MOVING ABOVE HIM
  9. GET THE HORSE TO BECOME COMFORTABLE WITH THINGS BEING PLACED ON AND OFF HIS BODY AS WELL AS HIS FEET
  10. GET THE HORSE TO MOVE PARALLEL TO AND STAND QUIETLY NEXT TO VARIOUS OBJECTS
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