Bombproof Your Horse

Teach Your Horse to be Confident, Obedient, and Safe, No Matter What You Encounter

Sgt. Rick Pelicano



Every horse, from the pampered show hunter to the family pet, is faced at one time or another with an object or situation that is overwhelmingly terrifying or just downright confusing. With his systematic approach to “bombproofing,” Sergeant Rick Pelicano of the Maryland National Capitol Park Police shares his methods on how to be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to training your horse to deal with such situations.

Topics covered include:

  • The three “Ts of success: training, technique, and timing.
  • Bombproofing strategies.
  • Dealing with bad habits and nasty tricks.
  • Working with bicycles, cars, plastic tarps, smoke, flags, gunfire, and much more.

Pelicano vividly illustrates how to accustom your horse to a variety of circumstances, noises, and objects, thereby turning him into a more pleasurable, submissive, confident, and ultimately safer mount.

Additional Information

Author: Sgt. Rick Pelicano

Format: eBook

Page Count: 182

Illustrations: 143 color photographs, 27 line drawings

ISBN: 9781570768743

By Sgt. Rick Pelicano

Sergeant Rick Pelicano of Frederick, Maryland, was a mounted police officer for over 20 years. For much of this time, he was in charge of training the horses and officers of the Maryland National Park Police, preparing them for crowd control, event security, executive protection, daily patrol, and mounted police competition. Sergeant Pelicano was in charge of training mounted security for the equestrian venue at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Horse & Rider Says:

“Clear photos and easy-to-follow methods…[you and your horse] will both gain confidence and skills that will help you through the unexpected.”