[QUOTE=Missy May;3377042]If you let them, they will show you.[/
This thread is full of posters who get this.
If more folks "got it", there wouldn't be near as many holler for help questions when it comes to training
It' been nearly 40 years since I took my first guard dog to obedience school and got the bright idea to try and transfer some of that knowledge to schooling my horses.
Horses perfectly understand "whoa", "back up" and they know their name.
If they can understand that, why can't they understand simple phrases and obey them, at liberty, under certain conditions? I say certain because horses, unlike dogs, ARE prey animals and prone to flight.
It is amazing I have been able to teach each of them thru the years. Some are better at some things, simply because of personality. I have one TWH,
who will walk half way thru the gate in the barn aisle and stop before I can say "Rusty, whoa!". He stands there and waits. What he's waiting for is me to tap him on the butt and say "Rusty, back up -- back up for a cookie" and he backs far enough for me to shut the gate that is now in front of him. He is smart enough that I have seen him not move if I leave the word "cookie" out of the phrase. He knows full well what "cookie" means I have another TWH
that has to have meds thru a syringe every AM because he won't eat the stuff in his feed pan. He is insulin resistant so has to have this stuff. He gets the meds mixed with 60 CCs of water, so I only give him a little at a time. He forgets to swallow. When I get to the last 20 CC's I will raise one finger and say "Joker, one more, swallow" and I do an exaggerated swallow. He swallows, I give him the rest of his meds.
After all that, I will say "Joker wipe your mouth" and that is funniest part of the whole routine because he will completely relax his mouth and follow the paper towel around, just like a ten year old child - lol lol lol
So yes, "if you let them, they will show you". Well said