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Ground work / handling

Series: Setting Good Ground Rules Series


Back to Basics

April 2017

Angela Brown’s business is training: both horses and people. She didn’t begin her equestrian journey until she got her first horse at the age of 28 and perhaps entering the horse world as an adult gave her a fresh perspective. In Angela’s line of work, working with horses is as simple as two concepts: mastering the basics and staying safe.

First Encounters

November 2013

The first encounters with humans can be stressful for the horse, so it is important to ensure they are a positive experience. In this article Lindsey Vincent explains the challenges of starting the ‘unhandled’ young horse. A reinforcement-based approach that takes advantage of a naive horse’s curious nature coupled with taking things step-by-step, will promote positive associations with you, their human trainer, and will set your training program up to a great start.  

A Record breaking training success

February 2013

On a beautiful Queensland spring morning, an expectant group had been invited to witness ‘Izzadora’ a young Friesian filly by the ‘Wizzard’, successfully perform a record breaking feat...

Training your horse to go into confined space... The Vet crush and barriers

January 2013

Horses are naturally wary of small spaces and they tend to avoid confinement so will often react by showing various expressions of flight response. The three most common situations where horses need to walk into a small space and be confined are floats and trucks, vet crushes and racing barriers. In the May issue I explained the float training process, and in this article I will focus on vet crushes and race barriers. The training process for all three is very similar.

Typical Behaviour of the Mare

January 2013


Foal Imprinting or is it?

January 2013

With the new foal on the ground you feel that you need to do everything possible to ensure it gets handled properly. You may have heard of imprinting and you think you should do that. The detailed description of the “imprinting” process to be implemented with foals is described in Miller RM 1998: Imprint training the newborn foal. Western Horseman, Colorado Springs.

Handling Foals

January 2013

So you have bred your own foal and there he is, the most gorgeous thing you have ever seen and you feel like you just have to go and cuddle him. The only problem is that he won’t let you near him, even if he is only hours old. It is important for horses to have at least some handling for their basic care; it is much more difficult to drench or trim the feet of unhandled horses. Early handling also helps with later handling.

Foal Imprinting... or is it?

October 2012

With the new foal on the ground you feel that you need to do everything possible to ensure it gets handled properly. You may have heard of imprinting and you think you should try it. However, imprinting foals may not be what it seems...

Overshadowing: A powerful habituation technique

October 2012

Overshadowing is a technique developed at the Australian Equine Behaviour Centre to habituate horses to objects and situations they find scary. Habituation is a natural form of learning, in which an animal, after a period of exposure to a stimulus, stops responding. 


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