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When Your Horse Rears: How to Stop It (Volume 6) Paperback – July 19, 2012
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Here's a quick excerpt from my book "When Your Horse Rears: How to Stop It."
"When you've got yourself a rearing horse, you're going to want to start fixing the situation from the ground where you're obviously safer. And, being that a rearing horse is the very picture of "rigid resistance," you're going to want to tackle all that "stiffness" first. It's common sense. Could your horse stand up on two legs, scaring the devil out of you, if his muscles were, stem to stern, soft and relaxed? No, obviously not. Jelly fish farmers never, ever face this issue, so take note. A large part of his body grows stiff and rebellious as he rears and so our solution is first found by actively working to soften - and keep softened - both small and large sections of the horse. We begin by seeking out and "pounding out" the stiff muscles we find. We take away and keep away this rigidity, and go a long way to solving our problem.
"Beyond the actual danger inherent in the situation, there's also the fact that a horse resisting to the point of actually throwing himself up in the air is never going to carry out any maneuver with grace or beauty. That makes for a lot of time in the saddle spent fighting (or just trying to survive) when you could be performing sweet sliding stops or beautiful lead changes or even just going down the trail peacefully with your friends. No, instead, your horse spends his time tensing up and resisting - and that's exactly how he looks and moves: tense and locked up. In the same way that you can't play the saxophone if your arm is held rigid, your horse isn't going to round up, collect, and travel gracefully when he's consciously keeping his neck or hind section stiff. Fixes found here then, in these pages, will also help improve our horse's overall athleticism and way of going - and that's a win times ten."
About the Author
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- Your Foal: Essential Training
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