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post #1 of 5 Old 07-06-2013, 12:23 PM Thread Starter
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Turning around to look at sounds

So I've hit a small snag in Danee's training. While we're ground driving, if he hears something, he turns towards the sound so he can see what it is. Right now I have been working him in just the driving bridle & surgsingle. We've been walking along the roads so I can get him use to traffic & we've been working with dragging noise makers. But if one of the neighbors calls out to us as we're walking, he will completly swing around to see the noise. I give him the verbal que for turning, use the reins & tap with the whip. I have to really pull with the rein to get him out of his "i want to turn & look". I don't like to pull on his face because I'm worried it will harden his mouth.

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post #2 of 5 Old 07-06-2013, 12:41 PM
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At this stage of his training, I wouldn't worry about it. I'd rather have him stop and look at it now than once he gets in a cart or have him over react to some stimulus. I would have another person drag your noise makers in front of him as you drive around. As he progresses, have them come up beside him, cross in front, pass than make him stand and so some more....If voices get his attention, have the person talk and do the same patterns. He needs to tune out every sound except your voice and your commands. It all takes time.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-07-2013, 04:56 PM
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It sounds like your do not have enough contact to keep him between the lines and the lines should be running down his side and not in the rings up top. If it were a loud unusual noise looking would be ok but not just normal talking and sounds like that.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-08-2013, 10:58 PM
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OP...do you have a certain command when your horse stops and wants to turn and look at the sound he heard? When our Percheron mare's show signs of interest at something or I notice something new while driving, I tell them to "Walk On" or a simple "On By" in a firm voice does the trick. This tells them that I want them to keep going and not be gawking.
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I tell him "walk on" & as soon as he starts to turn & I give to comand to turn the opisit way, use the rein & whip to back up the command. Sometimes I can bring him right out of it & sometimes not

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