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You've found the Mary-Dixon page about horsemanship.  Horses are my passion and my obsession.  They have helped me become a kinder, more confident, more patient person.  What they have taught me about them and taught me about myself is immeasureable.  I now try to teach folks about the nature of horses and how to understand each other which leads to a more confident human and a more confident little darling.
Adventure Horse Riding in NYS

7/19/11

Tip: Horse Ears

Horses are only as tall as the tip of their ears.  Teach your horse to lower his head by lightly pressing on his poll (the bump between his ears) or by pulling his head down on the lead .


As soon as his head dips just a tiny bit, take away your hand from the poll and/or release the line.  Doing this lets your darling now that he won the game and got the right answer.


  Do this until he knows for sure what you are asking for,  (It'll only take a few minutes or less) Then ask him (don't release) to keep his head down a bit longer.  then a bit longer.  then a bit longer.


 A good horseman should not need to stand on a chair or stool for ear trimming, or have to tiptoe to put the bridle on.  A really good horseman is able to bridle his horse while sitting in a chair or while kneeling and/or trim his ears with no reaching at all.

It takes a little practice and time but not very much.  


Also, when the horse lowers his head he generally calms down and it shows he trusts you.

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