Charles Wilhelm Training

Charles Wilhelm Training Charles Wilhelm is known as the creator of Ultimate Foundation Training and believes that it's "Never, Ever the Horse's Fault."
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Charles Wilhelm , internationally known as America’s most respected horse trainer is the creator of Ultimate Foundation Training; equine training techniques that combine the best of traditional, classical and natural horsemanship into a methodology that is applicable to every riding discipline. His extensive background includes Dressage, Working Cow Horse, Reining, Western Pleasure and Trail class. He is one of the few clinicians of our time who is known for his superb skills in communicating and motivating people as well as his astounding natural abilities with the horse. He believes that “It’s Never, Ever the Horse’s Fault” and his training methods reflect that belief. Charles is one of the few trainers specializing in re-schooling horses with often-severe issues.

12/15/2019

My Horse Bit Me!

This is something that I have heard from people across the country from the west to the east coast. What I hear are two different things but basically they refer to the same problem: My horse bit me/kicked me for the first time. What caused that and what should I do?

My response is always the same and it is never meant in a derogatory or sarcastic way. The horse may have bit or kicked you before but you just didn’t recognize it. What I mean is that any time you approach your horse, you have an opportunity to ‘’read” your horse. This situation happens most frequently in a stall or a stall and paddock. As you approach the stall, they horse’s ears may be back or there may be some aggressive behavior like pawing. This may be because you brought a treat and the horse is anxious and demanding. The horse may be getting a little cranky, telling you to hurry up and feed me. The demeanor of the horse is not pleasant. Sometimes we do not recognize this behavior as a red flag; we pass it off thinking that the horse just wants his treat or feeding.

What this behavior does is become a pattern where the horse starts becoming more aggressive. This behavior may have been going on for years or maybe it only started recently. You approach the stall and the ears go back. You don’t think anything about it, but just push your way into the stall and halter your horse. But, the thought is as good as the deed, and one day they horse will actually bite or strike out. When you approach the stall and the horse exhibits a negative attitude that is how the horse is thinking about you. There is no respect for you and the horse not greeting you in a friendly way. If you don’t deal with it, the aggression will increase.

I’ve learned this the hard way over many years. I remember one time I went through the same situation and failed to recognize the signals. I entered a stall and fortunately I had on a leather jacket because as I turned my back to the horse, he bit me on the shoulder and actually threw me across the stall. Since then, I have become more aware of the body language of the horses that I work. As I said, with a horse, the thought is as good as the deed.

The other situation that may occur is that as you approach the stall the hind quarters are facing you or as you approach the ears are back and the horse turns around and presents his hind quarters. If you fail to do anything and just go ahead and go into the stall, the horse will get more protective of the stall and the aggression will increase until the horse bites or kicks.

Kicking and biting are very natural ways that horses deal with each other in the herd environment. Humans are way too frail to allow this behavior and the way to solve this problem is very simple. Over the years, I’ve had a lot of good comments from people who walked though my main barn in Castro Valley. There were 25 horses and at given time, even when the feeding cart was coming through and they all knew it was feeding time, they were not exhibiting aggressive behavior. They were not lunging against the stall doors, they were not pawing or kicking or demonstrating any impatient behaviors. These types of behaviors are negative and cannot be allowed if horses are to be safe to handle.

When I have a horse that exhibits negative behavior when I approach, I have a halter or plastic bucket with me and I pitch it right at the stall. The idea is not to hit the horse or hurt the horse but to startle it. In other words, we want to distract its thoughts because remember, the thought is as good as the deed. So, when you approach and the ears are back or the hindquarters are turned to the door, throw a halter at the door and make enough noise to distract the horse. The horse may jump or go to the other end of the stall but you have distracted the thought. You have to do this on a regular basis; you have to be consistent. So every time you approach the stall and the horse exhibits negative behavior, you have to respond in a consistent manner.

The same is true with a horse that turns his hindquarters as you approach. I take it further than distracting and teach the horses I work with to face me when I enter the stall. I have a hard time putting a halter on a horse’s hind end. I always make sure they turn and face me and present themselves in an orderly fashion. To get a horse to turn and face you, bang the gate and if the horse does not turn, tap on the hindquarters with a lunge stick just until the horse moves his feet and turns. Do not use a short dressage stick or crop and do not stride the horse, just tap to get the attention of the horse.

This is what I call stall manners. Some people think the stall belongs to the horse and he can do anything he likes. I disagree with that idea. When I walk into a stall, or a stall cleaner or farrier enters, I want good behavior. I want a positive attitude, I want the horse thinking about whoever enters in a respectful way.

Remember, if you get bitten or kicked for the first time, it really wasn’t the first time. It started days, weeks, months or even years ago because the thought is as good as the deed. Also, remember, it is never, ever the horse’s fault.

Charles Wilhelm

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07/22/2019

I am 74 ears old and after paying federal and state income tax, along with paying into my/our Social Security fund for over 50 + consecutive years, I’ve worked hard all my life. I made my reputation, and lost it from a stupid mistake , I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I worked hard to get where I am. I made many sacrifices up front to secure a life for my family. It wasn’t always easy and still isn't but I did it all, while maintaining my integrity and my principles. I’ve never put anyone beneath myself or denied help to anyone. I have friends of every walk of life and if you’re in my circle, it should be understood that I don’t have to remind you of what I’d be willing to do for you, or to someone else for you with deep consideration. However,

I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my work ethic. People that have sacrificed nothing.

I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it.

I'm tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming, which, no one is allowed to debate.

I'm tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties talk like their opinions matter to the common man. I’m tired of any of them even pretending they can relate to the life and little bank account I have.

I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.

I’m upset that I’m labeled as a racist because I am proud of my faith and trust in Jesus Christ as my Savior and my President.

I’m tired of being told I need to accept the latest fad or politically correct stupidity or befriending a group that’s intent in killing me because I won’t convert to their point of view.

I'm really tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions. Especially the ones that want me to fund it. I'm tired of hearing them blame the government, or discrimination, or big-whatever for their problems.

Yes, I'm really tired. But, I'm also glad to be in the second half of my life. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have to see the world these people are creating. I thank God I'm on the way out and not on the way in. I just hate knowing my families and friends children and grandchildren and great grandchildren,will have to face this screwed up world. God help them.

There is no way these thoughts will be widely publicized, unless each of us sends it on! Surely, the politically correct police censors will try to quiet us.

If you're “tired” too, feel free to copy and paste.

Oh yeah...GOD BLESS AMERICA!!! Hopefully he takes us under his guidance. Amen!

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​Ten Secrets Every Horse Wants Its Owner to Know – Part I

Working with horses is a mental game and requires that the trainer understand several principles and have a number of skills. The following “secrets” will help you communicate with your horse and build the great relationship you always wanted. Here are the ten secrets you need to know.

Follow through -
Follow through is extremely important. If you do not follow through every time you ask for something from your horse, your horse will never understand what you are asking. In other words, if I am teaching a horse to go forward in a round pen or on a lunge line and I ask the horse to go forward but it stands and looks at me, follow through is needed. In this situation, the follow through is to ask the horse to go forward with the least amount of pressure needed until the horse moves forward. If you ask and ask and ask and the horse continues to stand there and look at you, you have taught the horse to stand and look at you. Without follow through the horse does not understand what you are asking him to do.

Control the horse’s feet -
The second secret relates to control of the horse’s feet. This is a very important concept, just as important as follow through. You control the horse’s feet by controlling the mind and you control the mind by controlling the feet. This can be done both on the ground and in the saddle. When you control the horse’s feet, especially when teaching something for the first time, you are going to experience resistance. When I teach a horse to backup, this is controlling the feet in a specific direction. When I ask the horse to backup and he does not move, I must follow through in controlling the horse’s feet. Once the horse’s feet start moving and with some energy, I am controlling the horse’s mind and connecting with the horse.

Being consistent -
Being consistent is a critical principle. This is a big, negative “C” word that a lot of people don’t like. Consistency not only refers to training your horse a set number of times per week, be it two or five days each week, it also means to be consistent in how you are teaching your horse. For example, if you are leading your horse and the horse bumps into you the normal correction would be to move the shoulders over or stop and back the horse. Because you are having a bad day, you ignore the behavior. You may have been sorry you came to train that day but you felt it was your responsibility. That is good but you need to understand that it is also your responsibility to be consistent in how you train. If you ignore the behavior once most likely, since it is a mental game, you will let the horse do it again. Horses appreciate and love consistency. Consistency builds trust, which is critical in your relationship with your horse.

Have patience -
We always need to have patience with our horses and persevere with the training. Many people tell me I have a lot of patience but I have to say I don’t have any more patience than you or anyone else. I have learned that I have to be patient and that it does no good to lose my patience. When I lose my patience I end up upsetting the horse that makes the situation worse. We digress from the lesson while we both regain our composure. So, be patient with your horse. If you are not patient and you do not persevere, you will not succeed. If I had to name one and only one reason why I have been a successful horse trainer, I would say it is because I am tenacious. I never give up and neither must you when you are working with your horse.

Understand the use of pressure –
You must truly understand the use of pressure, the different forms of pressure and how must pressure to use. For example, pressure can be a direct physical contact like a halter, lead line, spur or tapping the horse with a crop. Pressure can also be indirect like waving a hand in the air or swinging a rope. Your job is to understand the least form of pressure that you can apply to your horse that will get your horse to respond the way you want.
Many people don’t like the word pressure they think it is wrong and that it encourages the flight instinct. It is true that a horse with a high emotional level will attempt to break free of a halter and lead if too much pressure is applied. It is up to us to be aware of the emotional level of the horse before we apply pressure and be sure we are in a safe environment.
Pressure represents anything that is uncomfortable for the horse. All a horse cares about is what it takes to make the discomfort stop. Whatever the horse is doing when you release the pressure is what you have taught the horse to do. For example when you are working in a round pen, it is not about running the horse into the ground. It is not about activating the flight instinct of the horse so that all the he thinks about is going over the fence. We use just enough pressure to keep the feet moving until you ask the horse to do something different.
Once in Reno, Nevada I did a demonstration on working with mustangs. The horse I got had a very high emotional level. At fifty feet away from him he began racing around in the round pen. When I entered the round pen I tried to be the most quiet and soft presence I could be. I stood in the middle very relaxed and waited while the mustang ran and ran. Even my presence was pressure for that horse. Once the horse slowed down I asked it to change directions and the horse was able to comply. Understanding pressure is very important. Too much and we can send a horse over the fence, too little and the horse will not comply.

Release of pressure –
It is important to release the pressure appropriately. You must understand when to release the pressure you have applied because horses learn by when and what we release on. Timing is critical and it takes a certain amount of skill to release the pressure at the correct time. If you ask your horse to go forward and you are consistent with your go forward cue and you are patient but you release before your horse has taken a step, I guarantee that the next time, you will not get a forward movement from your cue. You must be alert to the response your horse gives and release immediately. Pressure/release are very important principles and work together. They occur in our every day relationships between children and adults as well as horses. The language is different but the principle is the same.

Next time I will discuss four more important secrets to help you train and build a great relationship with your horse.

Charles Wilhelm

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Would like to know if you are in Aiken S.C. the first week in April?
I have a forward moving horse that barely listens to the bit. Actually until the pain is so intense does she listen. She has excellent ground manners. Where do I start? She is a TWH and was used for speed racking by someone else but I only use her for trails. I want her to slow down!!!!!!!!!!!
Are you the Charles Wilhelm that sells a tie mechanic-ism that you demonstrated on a you tube video? If you are, can you tell me where you sell them? Thank you. JS