Give your young horse the best start by building a solid foundation
with this essential training guide, from newborn foal to adult
horse. Dip in and out of the four distinct sections to solve
specific problems, regardless of your horse's age. Tackle new
experiences calmly and with confidence by following the
step-by-step sequences with explanatory captions and practical
tips. Richard begins the book with Making the Decision, covering
all the general areas that you should know when buying or breeding
a youngster. Richard explores what has changed with working with
horses and why over the years, from using round pens and join-up,
focusing on owners as well as horses, to creating a training
pyramid plan to follow an organized training regime with a logical
progression to help you and your horse achieve your goals. Richard
asks the important questions you need to answer before committing
to owning a youngster and runs through the 10 training principles.
He highlights the importance of repetition, establishing a clear
means of communication between you and your horse, and
understanding how the horse's brain works, from the right side to
the left side. There are also areas of special mention: orphan
foals and keeping entires. The second chapter runs through training
your horse from 0-6 months. Maxwell encourages you to develop your
foal's brain from the very beginning. From imprinting and halter
training to leading and weaning, the section covers all of the
basic techniques for training for your foul at this influential
time. The third part of the book looks at preparing your horse for
a working life at 6 months-3 years. Maxwell teaches you further
halter techniques, tying up, desensitization, techniques for
avoiding the challenging year when the horse turns two, tips on
preparing for the farrier, bathing, clipping, injections and
preparing for loading with a comprehensive step-by-step guide to
loading. He also covers preparing for a bridle and circling work.
Part 4, Backing and Riding On, focuses on horses aged 3 years+. The
chapter explains how to: introduce the first saddle, the first
bridle, to teach your young horse to accept the bit, to introduce
long-lining, to introduce a rider using a dummy, to back your
youngster, and to desensitize on the move. Maxwell goes on to show
a day-by-day guide to riding from day one, concluding with an
interesting selection of real-life case studies that demonstrate
the effectiveness of Maxwell's methods for molding a young horse
into a safe, rewarding ride. With valuable checklists, step-by-step
instructions, and useful question and answer sections at the end of
each chapter, Richard Maxwell really does provide all the essential
information you will need to effectively train your young horse.
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