Crow Hopper's Big Guide to Buck Stopping
"Crow Hopper's Big Guide to Buck Stopping: Put an End to Your Horse’s Bucking Fits"
A book by Keith Hosman, John & Josh Lyons Certified Trainer
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Table of Contents
Control: Either you have it—or you don’t.
Tips for Success
A few pointers before diving in
Ground training: Begin with your feet on the floor
When You Really Lose It
If your horse went ballistic last week, it didn’t just “happen out of the blue.” He’s been saying for some time that he was going to lose it when enough pressure was applied. Learn to test your horse and spot the warning signs.
Where I’d Start
Bucking horse owners, here’s something you can do with your horse from the ground that advances his training, is low risk, and downright fun. Perfect.
Whoever Moves First, Loses (Or, “How to Get Respect”)
Secure your rightful spot as leader in your “herd of two.”
Bridle Work from the Ground
Develop control over your horse’s individual body parts—and gain respect along the way.
Reverse of Respect
Backing your horse is an excellent way to affirm (or establish) your position as leader.
Lungeing for Added Control
With additional training for the bucking horse, here is the how, when, and why of lunge-line training.
Fixes from the saddle plus preventative medicine
Your Individual Prescription
Diagnosing your horse is a primary step to charting your fix.
Ride Where You Can Not Where You Can’t
Think of it as “stacking the deck in your favor.”
Every horse needs to be schooled on each of the following.
Desensitizing: Scary Things
Sack out and desensitize your horse to scary objects—like your hands, tack and everyday equipment.
Despooking: Scary Moments
Here’s how to teach your horse to contain himself (and thus, keep you out of harm’s way) when something scary pops out of the shadows.
Getting Back On: What to Do If the Horse Bucks
Here’s your plan in case your horse bucks before you can teach it not to.
Core Lesson 1: Control over the horse’s hips allows you to tamp down or even shut down a bucking fit—but it’s also the key to lots of other stuff your horse can do.
Core Lesson 2: The Swiss Army knife of training exercises, use this routine to warm up, cool down, lower your horse’s head, connect the rein to the feet, or to soften laterally.
Get your horse giving to the bit, dropping its head and rounding its body, rather than bracing when you pick up the reins. More than simple body positioning, a relaxed and ready posture mirrors a horse that is mentally on board, a willing partner.
Calm Down Now: Drop Your Horse’s Head on Command
Core Lesson 3: Nature placed an On/Off switch onto each horse. This exercise gives you the “flip switch.”
Speed Control for Mind Control
Core Lesson 4: Regardless of what causes your horse to explode, speed control gives us a method to reproduce emotional moments under more controlled situations so that we can deal with them methodically, objectively, and on our own terms.
Slow Down, Part I: Move the Hip
If you have problems with your “high” horse—or need ways to slow a fast one down—then the following two chapters are for you.
Slow Down, Part II: Train the Brain
You’ve got to look for every opportunity to relax your grip on those reins. Quit pulling. Horses aren’t nags, neither should you be.
Horses That Don’t Wanna Go Where You Wanna Go
Here’s what to do when your horse moves slower and slower on the way out of the barn—but faster and faster when headed toward it. Plus: The horse that won’t move.
Core Lesson 5: Here, beginning with basic shoulder control, are two chapters included to fine-tune your steering. A horse that turns freely can be directed away from bad situations and is far less likely to go bananas when he wants to be here and you want to be there.
Train Your Horse to Travel Straight
You’ve taught your horse to turn by teaching it to place its feet where you’d like—now use that ability to get straight lines.
Questions answered: Specific and immediate fixes for the bucking horse owner
Horses that Buck When First Introduced to the Saddle
Is it okay for your horse to buck the first time you put a saddle on it?
How Can I Overcome My Fear After Being Bucked Off?
Tips and advice for “getting back on the horse” following a bad incident
My Horse Wants to Buck When Going from a Trot to a Canter
What to do if your horse bucks when it gains speed
Crossing Creeks and Scary Stuff
Forcing your horse across obstacles without proper training is inviting trouble. Here’s how to properly prepare your horse to walk across scary objects like tarps and water and avoid fights. It’s also great pre-training for teaching your horse to load into a trailer.
Training for every horse and rider—and an absolute must for those schooling the bucking horse.
Each Time You Mount Up, Do This First
Here’s one small thing you can do to keep your horse’s attitude in check—and prevent mount-up problems from taking root.
How to Pick Up Your Reins Like a Pro
If your horse is given to mischief at the touch of your reins, it is critical that you become practiced with your hands, your primary source of communication. This is—with super-specific detail—how to pick up, handle, and release your reins.
Reins Tell Direction, Legs Tell Speed
Is your horse getting duller to your cues? Do you make a request only to have him shoot you a condescending glance and go back to what he was doing? It might be that you’re not asking so much as badgering—and your horse has written you off.
Wouldn’t it be cool if your horse spoke English and you could simply tell him what you were looking for when you’re riding? Well, ta-da! Here’s a trick to get your point across clearly, a technique that’s simple and easy to remember.
Perfect the First Time
If you’re guilty of being a bit heavy-handed (as evidenced by a stiff-as-a-statue horse) here’s a Top Five training concept that will soften your horse fast.
How Do I Keep My Horse’s Attention?
Getting through to a horse that doesn’t even know you exist
Is the Cinch Strap Causing the Trouble?
When your horse seems uncharacteristically incorrigible, check that cinch area.
Is My Horse Hard to Train... Because of His Feet?
If your horse stumbles, cranes his head to the ground, takes halting steps, doesn’t want to “move out,” or has grown irritable, his feet might be hurting him. Here’s how to tell.
The Sours: Buddy and Barney
Don’t let separation anxiety leave you in the dirt. Forcing your horse to leave his comfort zone or BFF is courting disaster, especially when he’s prone to dumping you in times of stress. Here’s a plan to solve the problem, one safe step at a time.
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Meet the Author
John Lyons Certified Trainer Keith Hosman
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Is your horse a powder keg? "Crow Hopper's Big Guide to Buck Stopping" is your guide to ending one very dangerous habit: Bucking. Learn ground work and riding exercises designed to re-train your horse's brain plus immediate fixes for horses that buck into the canter, freeze up, balk at obstacles and your own fear. Make riding fun again!
Control: Either you have it--or you don't.
Two words, "Either Or," are particularly appropriate when describing, owning, and handling the majority of horses that buck. Either they do it because they're scared or because they're defiant. Either you're the type of person who takes on the challenge with a gleam in your eye or you have a bad stomach over the very idea. Either your barn friends think you should sell the animal because they feel embarrassed for you and your odd excuses for why you exercise it via hand walks and turnout and never a ride on the trail -- or they're pretty sure you don't realize the risk you take each time you hop aboard and they're considering an equestrian intervention.
And either you've got a plan to fix it--or you do not.
Make that "did not." "Did not have a plan." Because now you do. You've got this guide and so you've got a plan and with it a solution. This book falls into 4 sections:
Section I: Learn the ground work required to begin snuffing out this deep-rooted issue. Given that "you ride the horse you lead," you'll begin your fix with your feet planted safely on terra firma. You'll gain confidence and control.
Section II: Learn to see a buck coming and what to do if it happens, then get back in the saddle for exercises designed to put you in charge and prevent future problems.
Section III: Perform exercises geared to address immediate and specific bucking issues: Bucking into the canter, how to deal with your fear, crossing obstacles, the horse that crow hops when first introduced to the saddle.
Section IV: Training appropriate for every horse and rider--and a must for those schooling the bucking horse.
Your horse isn't going to buck if you have control. Your task, then, becomes gaining that control, understanding when you have it, knowing when you don't, working to get it.
Language: English, unillustrated (no photos), 241 pages
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