Firing a gun can be an intimidating experience. Most of us aren’t used to being shot at. So how do you practice and become more comfortable when firing? That is my goal with this article. If you are new to shooting, trained but nervous about heading out on the range, or a seasoned veteran, there is something here for you. The focus of this post is to show you how to train your horse for gunfire — not marksmanship or the science of pointing the gun at the target.
Horses are highly sensitive beings. They can sense a person’s mood which is why it’s important to remain calm when your horse is not. Gunfire means danger so it is essential that you train your horse for this eventuality. Horse training can be difficult for new owners due to the animal’s high-strung nature but with a careful approach and patience, you can improve your handling process.
Training a horse for gunfire is a process that requires patience and commitment. While it may seem like a simple task, it is actually quite complex and time-consuming. The best thing you can do is to start as soon as possible so that your horse can get used to the noise and learn how to react in an appropriate manner.
The first step in training your horse for gunfire is to make sure that they are not afraid of loud noises or sudden movements. To do this, you should take them out into an open space where there are no obstacles between them and the source of the sound (such as a gun). Once you have established that your horse does not become frightened when hearing loud noises, then it is time to move onto the next step: teaching them how to react when they hear gunfire.
This process involves using treats in order to reward good behavior while also giving negative reinforcement for bad behavior by withholding treats or even scolding them verbally if they do not respond correctly when you ask them something such as “who’s ready?” or “ready? rodeo!” You will want to start off with only using positive reinforcement by rewarding good behavior but gradually increase
The first step in training a horse for gunfire is to make sure that it is comfortable with loud noises and sudden movements. Make sure to get your horse used to the sound of fireworks, gunshots, and other loud sounds by playing them at low volumes while feeding your horse treats. You can also use a fog machine or smoke machine to get your horse used to the scent of gunpowder.
Once you’ve gotten your horse used to the idea of loud noises and sudden movements, introduce it to gunfire by firing off a few rounds in its general direction. Once it seems calm, move on to firing closer and closer until you can actually fire at the animal itself.
When training a horse for gunfire, it’s important not only that you teach it how to react when hearing gunfire but also how not react when hearing gunfire. To do this, play recordings of gunshots at low volumes while feeding treats or giving affectionate pats on its back. This will help keep your horse calm even when it hears fireworks or other loud noises later on in life
Training A Horse For Gunfire
Guns, cowgirls, and horses it doesn’t get more exciting than that! Mounted Shooting is a fast growing sport that appeals to many riders. Like any new discipline, it’s important you take the time to properly learn the ins and outs. Mounted shooting has loud sounds and popping balloons, so your horse will definitely need some training before you jump in.
Training a Horse for Mounted Shooting
- How do they handle the environment? A good mounted shooting horse needs to be okay with loud sounds. You’ll want to get a feel for this before you start a run.
- Try a dry run. Trot your horse through the pattern and shoot the gun, but without any bullets. It’ll give you both an idea of what to expect.
- Follow a trained horse. Go slow at a trot and follow behind a seasoned horse as the rider shots and pops balloons.
- Lastly, shoot with a seasoned horse nearby. Now’s your turn, but make sure to have a pro next to you for support.