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        12-06-2011, 07:10 PM
    Spec's Transformantion...

    I posted a topic a while back about getting my naughty gelding to behave at halter... a lot of you gave me advice and it really helped! He FINALLY does what I want him to at halter. We've been working hard at it too. I've gotten to be a better handler and he's gotten to be a better pony!

    He used to
    Barge into my space
    Paw the ground like a maniac
    Nudge me
    Walk BEHIND me or drag me along if it's something he really wanted to do
    Step on my feet and walk super close to me
    Throw his head
    Rear if it was something he really didn't want to do
    Pace if he was tied or had to stand still

    NOW he...
    Keeps a good 2ish feet between us while leading
    Walks with his shoulders almost level with me (not in front/behind)
    I don't lead him with a death grip in fear of him tossing his head
    Doesn't paw the ground barely at all
    Doesn't dare nudge or rub on me

    We still have quite a ways to go (especially with standing - he still doesn't really get the standing still part), but for now I'm really proud! It's too snowy out to do a whole lot anymore other than brush up on past skillz, so I'm planning to do more training and stuff this spring and hopefully show him in halter this summer! ;)

    I just wanted to thank you guys for helping me - I'm 14 and I don't have a trainer or anything (just horsey-ish parents).. but I'm pretty much on my own training-wise, and I didn't think we could do it, but now we're a good team and he's a well behaved horsey!

    Just thought I would share with you guys ;)

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        12-06-2011, 07:38 PM
    You may have gotten some pointers here, but it's YOU who made the change. What sort of things did you do to make these changes? Do you think you could now teach someone else, who has the same problems?
        12-07-2011, 04:45 PM
    Originally Posted by tinyliny    
    You may have gotten some pointers here, but it's YOU who made the change. What sort of things did you do to make these changes? Do you think you could now teach someone else, who has the same problems?
    Well, I just kinda 'took the reins' ;).. I used to think it was cute to let him walk all over me, but it just got out of hand, and I put a stop to it. Someone suggested on here that when he paws the ground to scold him and back him up a long ways, and when he nudges me to pop him in the nose quickly, and also to improve my handling - like I used to hold on to the lead snap with a death grip, now I keep a good 1-2 feet of lead between my hand and his halter. I just disciplined and didn't let him be in charge, and that was the biggest difference. And we also did lots of groundwork and fun, stimulating stuff like putting a foot in a tire, trot poles, tarps on the ground, stuff like that - which made it not boring to do groundwork ;)..
    I dont' know if I could teach someone else yet.. I could give advice now, but probably not completely teach them... I'm not a great teacher ;)

    crazy horse, pawing the ground, poa, spotted pony, training

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