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Horse Training: Calm Your Horse with Sing Song

by: Andy Curry

Have you ever read, "Talking With Horses." ?

It was written by a horse trainer named Henry Blake.

He's quite the horseman. He has a neat perspective about horses you should read about if you're interested in how to train a horse.

There's something he does around his horses that I really like - he calls it "Sing-Song".

He uses it to calm a frightened horse.

What he says in a sing-song, gentle voice is this:

"There's a clever, boy, there's a clever boy, there's clever little fellow".

That's it. That's all there is to it.

At first glimpse you may be tempted to discount this nifty trick. But there's actually some mojo here.

Now this begs the question "Is it the words that steady him? Is it the tone of voice? What is it?

First, the tone of voice is important. After all, if you said this in a threatening tone of voice it wouldn't calm him. Thus, the pleasant, gentle, calm voice is one of the keys.

Secondly, animals cannot speak a human language although they know certain words mean certain things once they're trained to it.

Plus, when the horse hears "There's a clever boy...." it has no meaning in the sense that you want him to do something...although later on it will have a meaning of "calm down, everything is fine, you won't get hurt, I love you, etc."

Thus, I kind of think it's the rhythm of the words and repetition of it being said over and over. It mesmerizes them.

I like to think of it as a sort of poetry for horses. Often when us humans listen to poetry written in songs, stories, or what have you, the rhyming words reach out and grab you by the ear drums and cause you to pay attention.

You tend to focus on what's being said and forget about what you were just thinking about.

Perhaps you have read some Dr. Suess books. His books exploded with rhymes. Often, the words that rhymed were made up and made no sense. But they were captivating nonetheless.

And it's my humble, unscientific, professional, non-proven opinion that this is part of how this sing-song works on horses.

Anyway, I thought you might like this valuable little gem. It's yet another technique one trainer uses that others never heard of yet can add to their bag of tricks.

It's amazing what you can learn from different horse trainers because each has there unique things they do.

That's why SuperStars of Horse Training exists. You learn from the best of the best of horse trainers. What they do with horses you can too after see what they show you.

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About The Author

Andy Curry is a nationally known horse trainer and author of several best selling horse training and horse care books. He is also well known for finding, interviewing, and filming expert horse trainers and making their expertise available to horse owners who want to learn different horse training tips and secrets and how to solve behaviorial issues with horses. For information visit his website at