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        12-21-2013, 06:29 AM
      #21
    Foal
    One of the most important training practices I us is to teach them to fear inplace, everything I can possibly come up with that will scare them no matter the age of the horse it works if applied properly. Remember you can't just throw something at a horses feet but you can put anything next to them.
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        12-21-2013, 07:22 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    I was out riding w/a friend & a dog w/the cone on came out barking-our horses were OK w/barking dogs but the conehead-OMG! Both our horses were across the street so fast! It was a G. Shepherd & they remembered that spot for a long time.
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        12-26-2013, 05:47 PM
      #23
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Cacowgirl    
    I was out riding w/a friend & a dog w/the cone on came out barking-our horses were OK w/barking dogs but the conehead-OMG! Both our horses were across the street so fast! It was a G. Shepherd & they remembered that spot for a long time.
    Ha, funny you should should say that, guess what our dog is? Yep a German shepherd and yes, can imagine they remembered that place for a long time, after all being chased by a barking flower head (that's what I think it looks like) isn't something to forget easily lol
         
        12-26-2013, 05:55 PM
      #24
    Foal
    Thanks for all your advice, she has gotten a lot better got to stand at the fence (with a watchful eye on the dog) The cone is off now, but will use it around her so so gets used to seeing it - poor dog may have to have it put on again to help with this! Though after my first fall which happened to be from a canter onto my head and then my back I am a bit sore and unsteady on my feet so will be trying to keep everything very low key so this will wait for a while - didn't enjoy the 24 hr stint in ED, nearly missed Christmas. I have been told to get straight back on, well, number one, couldn't get my leg up to do that and number two a bit nervous, need to wait until concussion clears properly. Thanks again for all your advice and wishing you had a great Christmas :)
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        12-26-2013, 07:34 PM
      #25
    Green Broke
    There are times when getting back on just isn't a good idea lol.

    Sorry to hear about your fall, glad you are ok. Hope you feel better soon! And glad you didn't miss Christmas, just take it easy for awhile.
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        12-26-2013, 09:43 PM
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    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Yogiwick    
    There are times when getting back on just isn't a good idea lol.

    Sorry to hear about your fall, glad you are ok. Hope you feel better soon! And glad you didn't miss Christmas, just take it easy for awhile.

    Lol, totally agree and thanks!

    Went into the paddock with her today to walk around and she followed, pushed me once and then stood in front of me. Madame was trying it on - lots of work ahead of me, 2 steps forward and in this case 3 back lol. Just hope she really enjoys lunging !!!!
         
        12-26-2013, 09:45 PM
      #27
    Green Broke
    Aw. Just take care of yourself first. Sometimes these "setbacks" can be good things in disguise!
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        12-27-2013, 12:01 AM
      #28
    Yearling
    Also if you're feeling nervy abut her getting nervy a good simple trick is to talk.
    'yes I can see the dog with the cone on its head. No it is not going to eat you. That's it one foot in front of the other.' it helps regulate your breathing so stops you transmitting nerves as much.
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