How to Train Wild Horses

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How to Train Wild Horses. Training horses that are wild and have never been touched is considerably different from training horses bred and raised around humans. Wild horses take longer to train, although it is possible for them to eventually be as well-trained as any other horse.

Gain the wild horse's trust before doing anything with it. The horse has to trust you before it can work with you. Keep the horse in a small pen and visit it everyday. Feed him, water him and talk to him in a calm voice as many times a day as possible. Eventually, he will learn that you are not there to hurt him. Go inside the pen and brush him or rub him all over with your hands.

Put a halter on the horse after you get him used to ropes. Carry a halter and lead rope with you when going into his pen. Lay the rope across his back, rub him with it and let him smell it. Put the rope around his neck and then slide the halter in place. Let him wear it around in the pen, but take it off before you leave. Put the halter on and lead him around the pen often.

Work with the horse on the ground to gain more trust. Working with him like this allows you to teach him things while teaching him you are his leader and won't hurt him. Brush him, pick up his hooves, lead him around different places and introduce him to different things that may seem scary to him at first.

Introduce the horse to the saddle pad and saddle by tying him up inside the small pen. Allow him to smell the saddle and pad before you put it on him. Place the pad and saddle on his back and tighten the girth just enough that it doesn't fall off. Lead the horse around with the saddle on his back for a few days. Work him in a round pen while wearing the saddle. Put a bridle on him and let him get used to having a bit in his mouth while working in the round pen.

Mount the horse once he has gotten used to the saddle on his back. Have someone else close by in case you need help. Walk the horse around the pen to get used to your weight and someone on his back. Walk in the pen only for the first week before trying to go at a faster pace. Get the horse to stop, turn and move forward from your cues before attempting to ride outside of the pen or at a faster pace.

Ride the horse by himself until he knows how to follow your commands to move, turn and stop. Riding with someone else and other horses can confuse him and cause him to not pay attention to you. Ride the horse as often as you can to get more practice in. Consistent riding is the best way to train a horse.

Tips & Warnings

  • Don't force the horse to do anything. Forcing him means pushing him to do something he is not mentally ready to do. This can cause the horse to get nervous and not trust you.

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