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Horsemanship Lessons From Chris Cox

AQHA Professional Horseman Chris Cox provides an easy-to-understand horsemanship progression.

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When interacting with your horse, it is important to be prepared to respond to it with preparation and a plan in mind. The more prepared you are with your horse training plan, the more effective your communication with your horse will be. 

Take it back to the basics and improve your horsemanship with this training progression from Chris Cox.

Horse Training Progression

  • Teach: Communicate with the horse. Gently show the horse what you’d like him to do.
  • Ask: Use feel in your body to persuade the horse to follow your ideas. Do not ever jerk on a horse, as it makes him defensive.
  • Tell: If a horse isn’t catching on, use a firmer cue to help him understand the boundary.
  • Correct: This is a sharper reprimand after the horse fails to respond to multiple requests of subtle cues.
  • Discipline: This should be done by or under the guidance of an advanced horseman, such as an AQHA Professional Horseman or Certified Horsemanship Association instructor. It is extremely rare that training ever gets to this step, which is reserved for a horse that attacks a handler (such as kicking, biting or pawing) and requires a handler to defend himself.