Respecting Space

You don't want a horse that steps on your feet, shoulders you out of the way, or jumps into you when startled. That is neither safe nor much fun!

Teach a horse to respect your space.

Imagine a hula hoop around you, and that imaginary hula hoop defines your safe space. Do not allow your horse to get into the habit of "invading" that space. Learn to recognize the difference between inviting the horse in for a pet, and a horse who habitually crowds you!

Teaching a horse to back up is an excellent tool for teaching him to respect your space.

Horse Psychology 101
Pressure and Release

Just Spend Time
Bamboo Pole Method of Gentling
Desensitizing, Rope and Flag Work
Clicker Training & Related Operant Conditioning
       and Positive Reinforcement Training
Get Professional Help
Case Sudies
Video Examples
Adventures of a Volunteer Halter Trainer
Raising Orphan Foals
Basic Ground Work:
Leading and Standing Still
Respecting Your Space
Backing up
Forward Movement
Shoulder & Hindquarter Control
Trailer Loading
Working With Feet