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    09-07-2012, 12:26 AM
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Foal
That awesome moment when...

Your horse can read you and knows what you want even before you ask! I was lunging the horse I've been working with (24 year old OTTB whose owner only comes to see her twice a year, so I've unofficially adopted her) when she reversed before I even asked. I know this isn't a huge deal for people that have been around horses for years, but it was such a cool feeling for me as a beginner to connect with her!

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    09-07-2012, 12:34 AM
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Trained
I don't know about other horses, but TB's can read minds. I vary my training routine a lot since both my horse and I have the attention span of a flea. We ride in different rings, surfaces, parts of fields, etc. One day last week, I had a very stressful night at work, so the next morning I went up there with only one intention of hauling butt around the hay fields. Got my horse, tacked him up, put a leg over, and he marched a bee line toward the entrance to the fields before I could even cue him. He knew exactly where he was going and what we were doing that day. He galloped around happily on and off for a half hour to give "mommy" the stress release she so badly needed.

Yes, those moments are the best.
     
    09-10-2012, 04:26 PM
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Started
I don't want to burst your bubble and if you're happy, that's great, but I hate when a horse does something before I ask (even if it was something I was thinking of doing). This leads to anticipation in horses. If my horse does something without me asking, we do the complete opposite; however, he is in training.
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    09-10-2012, 04:34 PM
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Yearling
I'm with wetrain, I don't always like my horse "reading my mind" because it kind of reads to me as anticipation or them taking control of the situation when I want to be the leader. If she stopped under saddle before you asked, or cantered before asked, or started you back to the barn before the end of the ride, are these still mind reading? They were things you were going to ask for eventually...

I understand though having a connection that may require light cues, or only having to ask once, with a horse as being something that is very nice :) It's a good feeling to know your horse is paying attention to you and possibly even trusts you to do something you've asked even if they are unsure, that's something that's always made me feel good because it can be hard to achieve with some horses.
     
    09-10-2012, 04:35 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by wetrain17    
I don't want to burst your bubble and if you're happy, that's great, but I hate when a horse does something before I ask (even if it was something I was thinking of doing). This leads to anticipation in horses. If my horse does something without me asking, we do the complete opposite; however, he is in training.
That's always what's been said to me.. that you need to think ahead of your horse and you need to vary it up enough so that they don't anticipate it.

However, Indie seems to be pretty "brave" about making her own decisions while I'm riding. I had her facing the wall and she tried turning to the right, so I made us go to the left.
     
    09-10-2012, 04:43 PM
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Foal
Hmm I didn't even think of it like that. Like I said I'm a novice and my trainer said it was a good thing (it meant I was getting the hang of lunging, I am becoming more confident, she was listening, and we were working well together). I will see how the next lesson goes. Thanks for the advice!
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    09-10-2012, 05:17 PM
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It comes down to training a horse to listen to your cues rather than learning a routine. Because you said "it meant I was getting the hang of lunging" tells me that your trainer lunges horses enough and expects them to perform certain tasks each time, hence they learn a routine and were expecting to perform these tasks with you because they were being lunged. Its about getting the same results, but taking different paths to get there.

Example, you may hop on a horse, walk around on the track a time or two and then pick up a trot, well instead of doing that everytime, mix it up. Try picking up the trot on a circle or a figure 8.
     
    09-10-2012, 05:51 PM
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Green Broke
Im okay with like if im just messing around bareback being crazy and stuff with him. But if im in "work mode" and he starts anticipating cues...especially when im workin cows or if im doing reining, that's a def. No-go with me.

But if im just out playing in the river or fooling around on a trail ride with my friends and he kind of "reads my mind" so to speak im okay with that.

Not when its work time though.
     

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