5 Signs Your Horse Needs a Trainer

If your horse is spooking, bucking, biting, refusing to be caught or tied up, challenging while trailer loading, or generally defensive, it might be worthwhile to hire a trainer for help. Picking the right trainer is also very important. In this video, Alternative Horsemanship the Remote Horse Coach discusses 5 signs it's time to hire a trainer for your horse - and how you may be misinterpreting horse behaviors that could turn into severe or potentially dangerous responses later. Is your horse resistant to being caught, do they act fearful when encountering something new? Are they challenging to tack up or mount? Do they get nervous or anxious and display dangerous behaviors?

Watch the latest Tuesday Trainer Tips video from the Alternative Horsemanship YouTube Channel.

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California Alternative Horsemanship 2022 2023 Horse Clinics

Attention Southern California Horse Enthusiasts...

Looking ahead to the 10th year of the Alternative Horsemanship winter clinic series!

Descanso, CA
2022/2023 Dates:
Oct 26-31
Nov 16-21
Jan 25-30
Mar 1-6
Mar 29- Apr 3

Individual 1-hr sessions catered to the individual student and horse's current abilities. Groundwork, equine behavior, tack fit, rider clarity & confidence, are just a few of the many topics often covered in these clinics. They are the only clinics where I allow free auditing.
Email me for participant and auditing details, schedule availability, or to get on the waitlist.

Dear Sam: Horse Help -Spooky Horses

Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series 
*Spooky Horses 

Alternative Horsemanship with Samantha Harvey the Remote Horse Coach addresses why reacting after the fact or attempting to contain unwanted and dangerous horse behavior does not solve the long-term issues of the horse's insecurity and fear. 

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Improve Horseback Rider Skills- Leg pressure and usage

Continued from Connecting the Dots and The Bridle
In regard to leg pressure...
I do not want to feel like I’m “driving” my horse forward constantly with my leg; instead, the energy I offer with my seat (before using leg pressure) delegates the energy that should be reflected in the horse's movement.
AFTER that I will use my legs to finesse, fine-tune, and ask for a more specific movement.

Horseback Rider Help- Improving the Skills: The Bridle & Rein Usage

Continued from the "Connecting the Dots"

In regards to the bridle…
Contact, accepting the bit, not ‘leaning’ on the bit, following a feel, softening to pressure…
Each of the above concepts is used throughout various disciplines.
You may have heard some of these, others maybe not. To me, they all are attempting to reach the same end goal. A horse that softly accepts of the bit, maintains a willing responsiveness when used by the rider, without fear or defensiveness.

Connecting the Dots of Horseback Riding

Connecting the Dots
(This will be a several-part entry that will be covered over the next week or so...)

When resistant, unwanted, and/or dramatic behavior occurs with the horse, people get distracted by the big-ness of the horse. In my mind, the “big” is an after-the-fact response by the horse. The root of the problem has occurred or began to occur anywhere from minutes to months before the horse finally resorted to undeniably dramatic behavior.

Finding a Horse Boarding Facility- How to Choose the Right One

Choosing the right barn to board your horse means knowing what questions to ask and what to look for when visiting boarding facilities. In this video, we discuss the important features to consider, like cost, other horse owners, facility rules, owner responsibility, and the health of the animals currently boarding.

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Help- My horse suddenly stops moving forward!

The theme of the past few days has been new folks asking for help with horses that are going "fine" and then the horse "randomly" or suddenly stops, or quits, moving forward.

Horsemanship Challenges: The Human Learning Curve

In this horse trainer advice video, Sam discusses in her Dear Sam: Horse Help Horsemanship Series challenges, frustrations, and understanding of the horse many horseback riders experience as their horsemanship journey progresses. 

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Horse Buying Check List- Red Flag Behaviors

There are several warning signs to consider before buying a horse, especially to make sure they're a good fit. In this video, Sam shares tips to help horse shoppers understand if a horse is appropriate for their abilities and goals. Are the sellers hiding something? Learn how to spot dishonest sellers and avoid buying a dangerous horse.