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Bombproof Your Horse: Teach Your Horse to be Confident, Obedient and Safe No Matter What You Encounter [Paperback]

Rick Pelicano , Lauren Tjaden
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27 Feb 2004
Every type of horse and pony, no mater how well trained, is at one time or another faced with objects or situations that are confusing, if not downright terrifying. As riders, we often simply just wait for this moment to happen - and the resulting frightening, out-of-control bolt, baulk, wheel around, or buck. We tend to expect this sort of reaction and believe that it comes with the territory. What we need to do instead - in order to avoid risking life and limb - is to train the horse to cope with these disturbances. In other words, we need to bombproof our horses. Sergeant Rick Pelicano, of the Maryland National Capitol Park Police, knows only too well how important it is for horses to be absolutely safe - bombproof - when confronted with unusual circumstances. For many years, he trained new mounted officers and their horses to withstand massive crowds, noise, chaos and everything that is thrown at them (sometimes literally) in police work. Although most riders don't anticipate having to deal with the challenges that police horses face, this method of training works just as well for average horses and accustoms them to incidents and unusual terrain such as back-firing cars, speeding motorcycles and trucks, plastic bags and flags on windy days, and everybody's favourite bugbear, crossing water or ditches. Working up to a performance over fifteen different obstacles including walking on mattresses, through piles of soft balls and balloons, and by umbrellas and road flares, Sgt. Pelicano presents his bombproofing programme in an easy-to-understand, logical, instructional manner, with many photos illustrating his step-by-step techniques. In addition, he offers sections on teaching basic necessary skills like walking on unusual surfaces, self-loading into the trailer, dealing with unknown odours, as wells as more advanced skills such as carrying flaps and riding in parades. He also presents a highly informative chapters, with instruction and advice not available elsewhere, on display formation riding - both in small and large groups.


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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: J.A.Allen & Co Ltd (27 Feb 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0851318967
  • ISBN-13: 978-0851318967
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 25.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 419,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Sergeant Rick Pelicano has been a mounted police officer for twenty years with the Maryland National Park Police in charge of the equestrian training of the horses and officers in the department. He was in charge of training and worked with mounted security for the equestrian venue at the Olympic Games in Atlanta, 1996. Sergeant Pelicano began to conduct bombproofing clinics in 1997, after helping a local mounted volunteer unit. These clinics proved very popular, and he soon expanded his clinic schedule to accommodate the general equestrian public.

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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, someone's tackling this problem 4 Mar 2011
By scluryb
Format:Paperback
I run a large stables in the South East of England and in recent years we have been plagued by spates of horse-related explosions. I'm very pleased to say that after following the advice in this book, we have seen our horse detonation rate fall by over 75%.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good book 15 Sep 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Bought this book when I bought a flighty show pony. It is full of easy to understand and follow suggestions to help you make handling and riding your horse much more safely,especially as our roads and countryside become more and more frightening to many horses and ponies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ferrets? Are you being serious? 18 July 2014
By David N
Format:Paperback
My only problem with this excellent book was the chapter on how to also bombproof your ferret. Wasted pages, according to my Master...
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