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post #21 of 24 Old 10-13-2010, 07:57 AM
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Just a thought for you. The crop should be an extension of your hand but let's say you put a horse out to pasture, but he's not used to electric. What happens when he touches it for the very first time? And every now and then, he will try it again to. The same with the crop, one good pop will make him think twice but he will test it again to see if he can get away with a behavior. But he is getting respect out of the crop cuz he knows what will happen if he doesnt do what he is told. Good luck with your horse and she reminds me of my sisters horse Velvet. She is a Quarab.
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post #22 of 24 Old 10-13-2010, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by JustPaint View Post
Glad someone else asked this, the horse I am leasing now is very bit on the lazy side. Owner mentioned to use the crop boy I don't think I've ever seen so much spunk out of him in a walk. I didn't have to use it, he just saw her hand it to me and his whole demeanor changed, lol.
I noticed it to be a case with lesson horses a lot. As long as they SEE you have one - different horse. My horses are rotten spoiled mares and just one rider (me), so they sometime throwing tantrums (like not feeling in mood to walk energetic), and that's when tap of the whip reminds them about "work time".
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Originally Posted by kitten_Val View Post
I noticed it to be a case with lesson horses a lot. As long as they SEE you have one - different horse. My horses are rotten spoiled mares and just one rider (me), so they sometime throwing tantrums (like not feeling in mood to walk energetic), and that's when tap of the whip reminds them about "work time".
Well she is not a lesson horse technically but she is ridden by various people q d sometimes used for lessons. Her owner got her so that her friends could come along on trail rides, but they just didn't come often so she was looking for someone to lease her (where I come in lol). But because the other horses in the barn are boarders, and of the rest one is the BOs show horse, one is quite crazy, and one is Shadow. Lol So she gets used occasionally by other riders around the barn. She's kind of The Extra Horse. Haha Poor girl. I don't think it helps that with various ppl riding her there be inconsistencies in cues that probably confuse her. Hopefully once I'm leasing her officially that will be better. [right now I "lease" her on a day to day basis]
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post #24 of 24 Old 10-14-2010, 08:43 AM
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I ride in a lesson barn so a crop is a MUST. The horses can be argumentative, when you want them to go a decent speed. Sometimes just holding the crop works, other times I have to use it behind the leg...I'm really bad at it though, I prefer to ignore I'm holding one, and kick them instead of actually using it...I'm getting better though. When I was riding the youngest horse in the barn, I eventually got to the point where I could get him to go foreword without using the crop in a lesson! It was still present though.

They are best kind for plowing along around the arena at low speeds in every gait though...just not the best for foreword motion.

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