Winter Training: More Help

Check out these extra resources for the "Winter Time? Tune-Up Time!" article in the February 2012 issue.
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Use the downtime of winter to reinforce basic ground manners in your horse.

Ground-manners skills will sharpen your horse's respectfulness. | Photo by Caroline Fyffe

Ground-manners skills will sharpen your horse's respectfulness. | Photo by Caroline Fyffe

When ice and snow make riding impractical, that doesn't mean you can't still be busy with your horse. In fact, winter is a great time to polish up your horse's basic ground manners, skills that might otherwise get rusty when you're not riding or working with him every day.

Here's a list of expanded how-to help on teaching the skills from the "Wintertime? Tune-Up Time!" article in the February 2012 issue. Click on the links below for more training tips.

Stall manners: "Build Good Habits From the Start," Clinton Anderson.

Personal space: "Teach Your Horse to Respect Your Personal Space," Clinton Anderson.

Head-down cue: "Build the Bond," John Lyons.

Proper leading: "Lead-Line Lightness," Clinton Anderson (video).

Flex neck to the side: "Flex Your Horse's Neck From the Ground," Clinton Anderson.

Flex vertically at the poll: "Face Time," Sandy Collier.

Tie safely: "Trouble-Free Tying," Clinton Anderson.

Foot manners: "Help for Fussy Feet," Clinton Anderson.

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