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Ground Manners

All horses should be trained to have good ground manners! A horse with poor ground manners is dangerous to everyone near him. Please take the time to read the following lessons on teaching your horse to be a safe and enjoyable companion.

Halter Breaking & Leading:

Halterbreaking Basics - How well halterbroke is your horse? Find out what it takes to teach your horse to give to pressure well in every situation, and learn how to properly halterbreak any horse.

Standing Tied - Learn how to teach your horse to stand nicely on the cross ties or when tied to a hitching post.

Rearing While Leading - Does your horse rear while you handle or lead him? This article may help you to fix his rearing for good.

Halterbreaking a Headshy Colt - Having trouble getting anywhere near your new foal with a halter? Learn to teach your foal to enjoy being haltered.

Teaching a Horse to Relax While Leading - While leading from one place to another, does your horse hold his head up high, looking at objects in his surroundings or acting as if he's about to spook?

Sacking Out and Halter Training - Your new foal or weanling is afraid of the halter and won't allow you to put it on him...what do you do now?

Pulling/Bolting While Leading - What to do with a horse who runs in or out of his stall, nearly knocking you over while you try to lead him...

Aggression and Kicking While Leading - Training methods and advice about horses who act aggressive and kick out while being led.


Get Some Respect From Your Horse! [Part 1] - Learn how to create trust, respect and a high degree of obedience in the horse that you are training by following some simple training exercises.

Get Some Respect From Your Horse! [Part 2] - How do you tell a horse, using body language, to get out of your personal space or comfort zone? Find out here.

Lunging & Long Reining:

Lunging Difficulties - Teaching a horse to move out on a lunge line, to stop coming in to the middle, and to move his shoulders away from you on command.

Lunging With a Saddle - When teaching your horse to accept a saddle while lunging, make sure that he completely understands your current requests before asking more of him.

Lunging Basics for Youngsters - Teaching the young horse to respond to your cues to move out away from you on the lunge.

Speeding Up On The Lunge - If you are having problems getting your horse to speed up on the lunge line, this article is for you.

Headshy Horses:

Training Head-shy Horses - How to teach a headshy horse that having his head handled is OK, and can also be a very pleasurable experience. Get your horse's trust so you can handle this very important part of his anatomy.

Headshy Horses & Bridling - The horse is headshy and freaks when you approach with a bridle, what do you do? Learn how to teach your horse to accept being bridled.

Trailer Loading:

Trailer Loading: Part 1 - For horses who are terrified of trailers and won't have anything to do with them, horses who are afraid to even walk near one.

Trailer Loading: Part 2 - For horses who are not terrified of trailers, but either have problems stepping into and out of the trailers, or horses who just refuse to load.

Anxiety & Emotional Training:

Barn-Sour and Buddy-Sour Horses - Does your horse panic when leaving the barn or when walking away from his buddies? This article will show you how to cure your horse of this by training his emotions.

Other Ground Training Topics:

Gentling a Wild Filly - Where do you start with the training of a wild filly? What are some important things to learn before attempting to work with a young, un-trained horse? Find out here.

Misbehaving While Saddling - Troubleshooting and re-training solutions for horses who bite, kick or rear while being saddled.

The "Go-Forward" Cue - "My Horse Won't Move!" Having trouble getting your horse moving with the John Lyons "go-forward" cue? Here's the ingredient that makes it work on even the most stubborn horse.

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