Problem-Solving Vol. 2 by Marty Marten $17.95
Problem-Solving Vol. 2 by Marty Marten
This book begins where Problem-Solving Vol. 1 left off. Although it covers specific problems not addressed in the first book, you'll definitely notice a common thread between the two. For example, the principles of feel, timing and balance are the same throughout both books. Those principles — making the right thing easy and the wrong thing difficult, adjusting to fit the situation and the relationship between pressure and the timing of the release — are fundamental in the approach to solving any problem.

Marty will help you develop a willing partnership with your horse!

This book covers:

* Halter-braking Problems
* Hoof- and Leg-handling Problems
* Cinchy and Difficult-to-saddle Horses
* Mounting Problems
* Head-shy, Ear-shy, Hard-to-bridle Horses
* Problems Riding One-handed, Neck-reining
* Trail-riding Problems and Distractions
* Good Trail-riding Habits and Techniques
* Develop Trust and Confidence through Cattle Work
* Make Every Ride an Adventure

(softcover 230 pages, photographs)

Excerpt from the book:

Riding One-handed or Neck-reining
Riding one-handed is accomplished by neck-reining your horse. In neck-reining, your horse follows the feel of the rein on his neck. For example, when you lay the left rein on the left side of your horse's neck, your horse responds by first looking then moving right. Your focus, seat and legs further signal him to turn right. He looks right a few degrees. Ideally, he'll have a uniform arc throughout his body. With your very subtle signal, he mentally and physically prepares to turn to the right.

Your horse then follows his nose and makes a right turn because he's moving or driving forward with impulsion. He makes a gradual right turn when he reaches his inside right hind foot forward, under himself, and lines it up with his left front. He pushes off the inside right rear foot. The opposite is true for a left turn. Experiment with pushing a wheel barrow straight ahead, then turn to the right about 30 to 45 degrees. You'll do as just described. Think of the wheel as your horse's frontquarters and your feet as his hindquarters. When you make a turn, notice how your feet arrange themselves to turn. This is how a horse turns naturally.

Ideally, when riding one-handed, your hand should stay within an approximate 1-square-foot box in front of your saddle horn and centered over your hors's mane. The goal is for your horse to guide so well that you don't need to move your hand out of this box to signal him, horizontally or vertically.

The reins are only a small part of signaling. Three additional, important components are focus, seat and legs.
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