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3-minutesGood horsemanship is as easy as 1-2-3!

“It’s simple, really,” explains educator, horse trainer, and author of 3-MINUTE HORSEMANSHIP Vanessa Bee. “When the teaching session is short and ends on a positive note, horses learn more quickly…and so do we.”

For all those riders and trainers suffering from the same bout of good ol’ January freeze that we are in Vermont, the idea of “short” training sessions probably comes as a welcome alternative to numb toes and frigid fingers. Try this simple exercise from Vanessa’s fantastically straightforward 3-MINUTE HORSEMANSHIP for starters, and be sure to check out the entire book for other achievable, digestible lessons that ultimately produce significant gains in horse and human.

 

SHAKE HANDS

This simple exercise is actually extremely powerful for both horse and handler. When people shake hands, they offer each other their right hand, clasp and shake. Watch two horses meeting, nose to nose, as they introduce themselves, thus ensuring that they each have the other’s permission to reach into his personal space. This exercise begins with you going into the horse’s personal space to say “Hello” and ends when you receive acknowledgment in return.

1  Begin with your horse in a halter and lead rope.

2  Hold your open hand up to the horse’s forehead but do not touch him. Your hand should remain about 12 inches away from his head.

3  Wait.

Some horses immediately look away, refusing to acknowledge the hand. Just wait. Wait for the horse to turn his head and brush your hand. Remember, the horse is touching your hand—you are not touching the horse.

5  When he brushes his head against your hand, drop your hand and relax.

6  Repeat until the horse is comfortable touching your offered hand, whenever and wherever you offer it.

NOTE: You are offering the hand for him to “shake” it. This cannot be forced so don’t be tempted to put your hand onto your horse’s face. This would be like a person forcing you to shake hands with him by grabbing you! You must be prepared to wait.

The "Shake Hands" lesson in 3-Minute Horsemanship lays the groundwork for entering your horse's personal space.

The “Shake Hands” lesson in 3-Minute Horsemanship lays the groundwork for entering your horse’s personal space.

 

 

3-MINUTE HORSEMANSHIP by Vanessa Bee is available from the TSB online bookstore, where shipping in the US is FREE!

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The small town of Winchester, Ontario, Canada, hosted a special screening of Discs 1 & 2 from the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series.

The small town of Winchester, Ontario, Canada, hosted a special screening of Discs 1 & 2 from the 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN DVD series.

 

One Sunday in early December, just before the holidays took over but when the cold and dark had long since driven people out of the barns, off the trails, and into their homes, horsewoman Claire Griffiths brought her small, rural community together in the Old Town Hall Theatre on Main Street in Winchester, Ontario. Her goal? To offer a horse-friendly educational opportunity to keep people connected and growing as equestrians during the season when few had the means to or venue in which to ride.

 

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“Most of us don’t have indoor facilities that allow us to ride all year, so the saddles are put away once the freeze hits and we hibernate until things start to thaw out,” admits Claire. “As a result, we typically don’t see our horsey neighbors for many months. My hope was to bring our horse community together to learn, socialize, and entertain during an otherwise long and horseless season. 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN was a perfect way to start.

“And we did it! We opened the Old Town Hall Theatre doors and invited guests to watch the 7 CLINICS Discs 1 & 2 (Groundwork). Thirty people sat together and watched these discs from beginning to end. We also sold raffle tickets that benefitted Transistions Thoroughbreds, a local horse rescue, and gave the lucky winner, Joan Shorter, the complete 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN series…I’m still excited and smiling AND planning the next event!”

 

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If you, like Claire, live in a cold, riding-prohibitive region (or anywhere where there are education-hungry horse people, really!) and would like to host your own not-for-profit, public screening of an approved portion of 7 CLINICS WITH BUCK BRANNAMAN in a theater or other public venue, contact Trafalgar Square Books and Cedar Creek Productions with your proposal (rdidier@trafalgarbooks.com).

 

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