Equine Etiquette: Courses for Horses!
MANNERS MATTER! A horse with poor ground manners is a dangerous horse who is exponentially less enjoyable to work with than his well-mannered counterparts. Horses with poor manners can be pushy, difficult to handle, or just plain frustrating to work with. Handling your horse from the ground can and SHOULD be a pleasure! Poor manners come in many forms.
Common issues include:
* Not standing still on the crossties/tied
*Not standing still for bathing, especially face washing
* Pawing, head flinging, and other impatient behaviors
* Pushy behavior
* Pulling on the leadline
* Being hard to maneuver (particularly sideways and backwards)
* Kicking or threatening to kick
*Being difficult for the farrier or generally difficult regarding handling of the hooves and limbs
* Being difficult to catch
* Being difficult to bridle, saddle, or girth/cinch
* Dragging or bumping into handlers
* Being difficult to mount/dismount
Many horse owners believe that these behaviors are personality linked, that they are "just the way my horse is." The truth is that these exasperating behaviors are all rooted in a lack of fundamentals on the ground resulting in a horse who doesn't understand how he is supposed to behave. These horses lack an understanding or awareness of the handler's personal space. All of these issues are quickly and easily resolved. Kelly can help owners with horses who are solid under saddle but have issues on the ground with an Equine Etiquette Course tailored to each individual horse and rider pair.
Not only will each horse graduate the course a pleasure to work with on the ground, each owner will learn how to keep their horse from reverting back to his old ways and handle him in a positive and effective fashion. Horses will learn to ground tie, lift and hold their hooves and legs on voice command, and extensive ground work on the line and at liberty for maximum maneuverability, respect of space, and ease of handling.
Courses may be completed in Basic Groundwork, Problem Resolution, and Advanced Groundwork. Depending on an initial evaluation, courses may last 2, 4, 6, or 8 weeks. Each course is $200 per week. Severe behavioral issues may incur extra fees. This fee includes both board and training, and each horse will be handled every day, multiple times per day. Courses can be completed on or off farm. Off farm work starts at $250 per week plus gas. Each owner will be able to complete multiple sessions with their horse before graduation in order to ensure training retention and customer satisfaction.
A horse who is easy to handle is easy to sell! Horses who need to be placed in new homes quickly may be put into the Safe and Sound consignment program. These horses will be given that extra polish and poise they need in order to wow potential buyers and secure a wonderful, loving home. The easier a horse is to handle, the more likable they are, and safe, well mannered horses are worth more. A difficult to handle horse will have a harder time finding a great home, as many will pass him over in favor of a more polite mount. Give your friend the best chance of a wonderful new life! Send him to Safe and Sound! For more information, visit the Consignment page.
So, what are you waiting for? Quit dealing with frustrating behaviors and start maximizing the enjoyment you and your horse get from working together! CALL today at (864) 353-9212 and get on the road to a perfectly poised equine who is the envy of the farm!
"No one believed the horses that came back to us were what we originally sent off!"
"It was a huge, much needed transformation."