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Train Your Young Horse with Richard Maxwell [Hardcover]

Richard Maxwell

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Aug. 10 2008
Give your young horse the best start by building a solid foundation with this essential training guide, from newborn foal to adult horse. Dip in and out of the four distinct sections to solve specific problems, regardless of your horse's age. Tackle new experiences calmly and with confidence by following the step-by-step sequences with explanatory captions and practical tips. Richard begins the book with Making the Decision, covering all the general areas that you should know when buying or breeding a youngster. Richard explores what has changed with working with horses and why over the years, from using round pens and join-up, focusing on owners as well as horses, to creating a training pyramid plan to follow an organized training regime with a logical progression to help you and your horse achieve your goals. Richard asks the important questions you need to answer before committing to owning a youngster and runs through the 10 training principles. He highlights the importance of repetition, establishing a clear means of communication between you and your horse, and understanding how the horse's brain works, from the right side to the left side. There are also areas of special mention: orphan foals and keeping entires. The second chapter runs through training your horse from 0-6 months. Maxwell encourages you to develop your foal's brain from the very beginning. From imprinting and halter training to leading and weaning, the section covers all of the basic techniques for training for your foul at this influential time. The third part of the book looks at preparing your horse for a working life at 6 months-3 years. Maxwell teaches you further halter techniques, tying up, desensitization, techniques for avoiding the challenging year when the horse turns two, tips on preparing for the farrier, bathing, clipping, injections and preparing for loading with a comprehensive step-by-step guide to loading. He also covers preparing for a bridle and circling work. Part 4, Backing and Riding On, focuses on horses aged 3 years+. The chapter explains how to: introduce the first saddle, the first bridle, to teach your young horse to accept the bit, to introduce long-lining, to introduce a rider using a dummy, to back your youngster, and to desensitize on the move. Maxwell goes on to show a day-by-day guide to riding from day one, concluding with an interesting selection of real-life case studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of Maxwell's methods for molding a young horse into a safe, rewarding ride. With valuable checklists, step-by-step instructions, and useful question and answer sections at the end of each chapter, Richard Maxwell really does provide all the essential information you will need to effectively train your young horse.

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Richard Maxwell is one of the world's best-known horse behaviorists and trainers. Originally trained by Monty Roberts, Max has developed an effective approach that he demonstrates in clinics around the world. He is an experienced author, having written three previous equestrian titles.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Really great training tool March 10 2011
By K. Baylis - Published on Amazon.com
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I really found this book useful. I just purchased a yearling, and I wanted to be prepared for any outcome and to help him become a confident young horse that would be easy to work with. When I got him, he had only had the very basics done - he had a halter on (although he is still halter shy if you put another one near his head), and he leads very nicely and can float. That's about it. He wouldn't let me approach him in the paddock and when I would finally catch him, he was scared for me to go near his back end, let alone go near his legs. I read through this book and used my common sense to take the slow and gentle approach.

This book offers very good ways to work with your youngster, but to keep yourself out of harm's way at the same time. It offers many different solutions to many different problems, all from leading, separating the horse from others, ground work, obstacle work, de-spooking, etc all the way from a foal and weanling all the way up to being broken in. As it covers such a broad topic, the book is not hugely in depth, but rather offers you the 'quick version' may I say, of the basic things you'll need to know. I have read it from front to back and found the author extremely knowledgeable. I love that he put in the mistakes he made and tells us that you just need to learn from them. Every horse is different, and fixing a mistake you've made is possible and not the end of the world. I definitely recommend this book to people starting out, but would suggest to people who already know a lot about training young horses to give this a miss.

I can now handle my young horse all over, he comes willingly up to me in his paddock to be caught, and I can pick up all his legs. Maybe I didn't learn all of that from this book, but it certainly helped, and in the end, that is really all a book can do - help you and guide you on your way to creating a really well brought up horse.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Training Tool Dec 3 2009
By K. Masih - Published on Amazon.com
This book gave me a lot of useful tips and information on where to start with my youngester. I liked this techniques; he explains why you use what and where. I also enjoy that while he has recommendations on what to use and explains why, he's not trying to fashion his own unique training tools (really? a carrot stick for $40? *head desk*). He doesn't try to make any methods his own and give them fancy names in reference to himself, but he does learn from other natural horsemanship masters (a Parelli seminar is noted).

I like the "pressure/release" method. Such a simple foundation really does pave the road for later down the line. None of the techniques are overly domineering, yet the horse understands who is in charge without losing any trust in their handler. I also like how Maxwell takes into account that a young horse will be a young horse - some things will make him blow up, so he gives you the knowledge and tools to be ready and how to handle it. He takes into account that they're still growing, but need to be mindful. Maxwell goes beyond just the simple "join up" and how to establish such a relationship without the use of a round pen.

While the explanations were great, I immensely enjoyed the Q&A at the end of the book. All the tools in this book are fantastic for foundation work and easy to implement into your own schooling with any horse.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Start them early Aug. 28 2008
By M. Bruce - Published on Amazon.com
I enjoyed this book, it tells you how to get your horse to obay you and not to be rank. Carefully written instructions on how to do each exercise is the key to getting your horse to preform each exercise properly.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good basic information Jan. 1 2011
By Dallas Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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This is good basic information on starting a young horse. My main problem with it is that it is written by an Englishman, and being American, some of the syntax and terms apparently common in England, but not here, were a bit confusing to me. Otherwise I would have given it a 5 star rating. I used the training lead shown in the book, and had my 6 month old filly leading within 10 minutes.

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