UNIT 1 – THE HERD VISIT
1) Herd Observations.
Which is the most dominant horse in the herd.
Observe the hierarchy list of the herd.
Observe the herd mates.
Understanding the importance of the herd hierarchy.
What are some of the herd rules.
2) How do horses communicate with each other.
Understanding its Natural Instincts.
What are some of those communication signals that the horses use between each other.
Can we interpret them and use them as well?
3) Building a profile of each horse in the herd.
Document specific details of each horse.
4) Understanding Horse Psychology
Herd Instincts of the horse
The horses mind & how it thinks
Understanding the horses habit patterns
How the horse messages other horses
What does he think?
The horses “safe” zone
Can the handler/rider provide a “safe zone” for the horse
What does the horse react to Anxiety and the horse…Fight & Flight
The horses memory
Vice in a horse
5) The Importance of Respect & Discipline around the horse.
What is meant by “discipline” in relation to a horse.
The importance of transferring the respect and discipline encountered by each horse in the herd to the same level of
respect the horse has for its for the handler/rider and vice versa.
How do I teach my horse to be disciplined and have respect for me.
6) Horse Health
Internal Parasite management
External parasite management
The healthy coat.
7) Working on ground around the horse
Horses like routine, it being a “safe zone”
Always let your horse know what you are doing so that it does not get surprised.
How to get the horses attention and when do I know that I have it?
8) Assessing the Physical Structure of the Horse
9) Basic Training Factors: The Working Horse
On ground:Long Reining
In the saddle: the first steps
At the walk
At the trot
At the canter
10) Early Training: Mouthing, balancing, settling into a “safe” space
The importance of balancing the horse
Point to point training
The importance of relaxing the horse
When do I need to do it.
11) Teaching Aids to the Horse
What aid do I need to teach.
What sequence of aids do I need to use to achieve the result I am after.
Where do I start
12) How to Design a Training Program
What is todays training plan.
How many different options can be put in place to try if the horse has difficulty
How long should the training session be
When do I give the horse time off from training to “think” about what he is learning.
13) Advanced Training with Beau Skerrett…the Argentine way
Working with the horse whisperer