Be a Better Horseman - Curt Pate
Curt Pate - Ranch Horsemanship
Bring Him Along
No matter your horse's age, if you have barn chores to do, why not first catch your horse and then let him be with you as you do your chores? Lead him around, back him or step him across as you do your work. If he becomes tight and tense, take a minute right then to encourage him to relax. You can accomplish so much doing this with your horse because he learns how to be with you, yet stay out of your way. Remember: You must be sharp about thinking ahead of your horse when you do this-you might get freight-trained if you aren't paying attention. But this experience gets both you and your horse in the habit of being more aware of one another and teaches each of you so much about the partner at the other end of the lead. It's a similar approach to that of the cowboy, who's always mindful of the horse from the moment he catches him. Cowboys can build such a good rapport so quickly with a horse and get a lot done even with green colts because they pay such close attention to their horses.
- Curt Pate
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