PROFILE Richard Shrake
"The Master Of Horsemanship"

  • CREATOR of the Resistance Free&tm; Training & Riding Methods

  • JUDGE of all major breed World & National Horse Shows

  • INSTRUCTOR of over 1000 clinics

  • DEMONSTRATOR at over 80 Horse Expos & Fairs

  • AUTHOR of two best selling equine books

  • LECTURER at over 60 Universities & Colleges

  • PRODUCER of over 17 equine educational videos

  • DESIGNER of saddles & bits for major equine companies

  • WRITER of Bridle Wise column for over 150 monthly horse publications

  • ORIGINATOR of the Accredited Resistance Free&tm; Instructor Program

    For information on the Richard Shrake products & upcoming programs: A Winning Way, Ltd., P.O. Box 4490, Sunriver, OR 97707. Call 1-800-635-8861.

  • "Strides To Success"
    by Richard Shrake

    Dear Mr. Shrake:

    We just acquired a very gentle 10 year old stallion. He is broke to ride but does not indirect rein nor does he respond to leg aids. Is it possible to teach this stallion to indirect rein and respond to leg aids? If so, what program do you have that you would recommend? I'm seriously considering ordering your video on retraining the older horse.

    Wendi Vines

    Dear Wendy

    Yes, you can! Training any horse to respond to leg aids or rein pressure is no more than teaching him to move away from pressure. As a professional horseman for the past 40 years I have worked with hundreds of horses...stallions, mares, geldings...of all ages and all breeds. I have yet to work with a horse that you could not train to do this. You should start with groundwork, pushing his body away from pressure with the rhythm of his feet. As soon as you accomplish this, you can do the same thing mounted with your legs. Be sure to use the same pressure points and spots that you did with your hands in the groundwork. Once this happens, he is moving away from pressure. For your program, I do have videos and books that will support and help you accomplish your goals.

    Dear Mr. Shrake:

    Which of your books and/or videos would be good for a novice rider and person who is preparing to purchase their first horse?

    Secondly, I am a novice rider, but not completely green. Between now and the first of the year I am going to purchase my first Quarter horse which I plan to use for roping, team penning, ranch work, and trail. The advice I've received from my Horsemanship Instructor, is that the best horse for me would be one that is 5-10 years old which is "broke" with a very willing disposition, properly trained, ridden regularly, and experienced in the activities I am interested in. My trainer also has an 8-year-old mare that has the right disposition, but is only "Green Broke". She explained that her definition of "Green Broke" is a horse that will do most everything, but still needs to learn lead changes and hasn't been ridden 3 or more days a week consistently. She is willing to sell this mare to me and says I can handle her, and with training would be perfect for all the things I'm interested in doing. In light of all the above is the advice I received sound and should I wait to find the perfect horse that fits the description above and should I even consider purchasing the mare? As a novice is it unrealistic for me to try with assistance from your books and or videos to try finishing and training this mare for the activities I'm interested in myself.

    Tom Wilson

    Dear Tom:

    I'm assuming your horsemanship instructor and trainer is the same person. If this is true, you have received two different signals and the first one is correct. You need an older, broke horse to first work on your riding skills. Novice riders and green horses are like mixing gasoline and won't happen. The well-trained older horse, I call these "professors", are the only way to go. The green horse that doesn't have the solid consistent training of the older seasoned horse will confuse and take away a lot of confidence from the green rider. I would say that after you have put some experience and knowledge under your belt, then the mare you described would be a good project. Good luck!

    Dear Mr. Shrake:

    Hello my name is Melissa Mallett, and I am looking at a 6 year old mare to buy who rears whenever she doesn't want to do something, she has only been trained to ride for about a year, I have ridden her myself. She knows only the basics of walk, trot, canter (not well), whoa, and supposedly back. She got jumpy when I asked for her to canter, but she did it, and she absolutely refused to back for me. That's when she reared on me. The current owner is currently using a curb bit because she said that she has a "Dead Mouth". I had never heard that term before. She said she had tried to use a snaffle and got no response from her.

    I really liked this mare, but I am confused as to what to do, I am not sure how to proceed if I get her, or what method to use, or if it is even worth trying to get her.

    Well, thank you for your time in advance.

    M. Mallett

    Dear Melissa:

    It is a good thing to know that this mare rears when she is pressured. A red light is that the owner is using a curb bit and what she calls a "dead mouth" is simply that the horse is desensitized and is not responding to lightness. This horse should be able to be controlled in a snaffle. If I were you, I would not buy this horse. Rearing is one of the most dangerous habits any horse can have. Don't be confused...get in your pickup and drive away. There are too many good horses for sale. Don't settle for one with this problem.


    For information on Richard Shrake videos, products, accredited trainers, upcoming clinics and riding programs:

    Richard Shrake, P.O. Box 4490, Sunriver, OR 97707. 1-800-635-8861.


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