How to Train Guide Horses
You can train a horse for so many functions, they are intelligent animals and are very valuable to us. You can even train miniature horses to perform the same function as a guide dog. Training a guide horse takes a lot of time and effort but the results are amazing.
Training a Guide Horse
• Train a horse to guide as you would any other horse to accept a halter and be led.
• You will need to train a guide horse to stop, stand tied, turn and back up.
• Being tactile with a potential guide horse is important. As part of horse training you should pick up his feet and stroke his ears regularly.
• You should train a horse to accept being groomed and to enjoy being touched and pampered.
• You must make sure when training that you keep to a steady pace of someone walking. This is essential when you train a guide horse as you do not want them to rush off or walk to fast.
• You will need to be able to train a horse to obey these commands to stop, turn walk etc through voice cues alone.
• You must instruct your horse to move away from objects that obstruct the pathway of the person he will be guiding.
• When training a horse to guide you must teach them to avoid moving objects. These objects must be people, cars and bikes etc.
• One of the harder parts of training a guide horse is getting him to indicate to the handler when the elevation of the ground changes. If there is a step or a curb the handler will need to know, so train your horse to stop as an indication of a change in floor surface.
• A part of horse training which is unique to when you train a guide horse is housebreaking. Housebreaking the horse is important so that the handler doesn’t need to worry about cleaning up after their miniature guide horse.
• An important piece of training your horse is allowing him to keep his natural instincts; he will want to keep himself safe so in turn he will keep his handler safe from harm.