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post #11 of 23 Old 01-27-2013, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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How old is he? He looks pretty young.
He is three.
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post #12 of 23 Old 01-27-2013, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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He's three years old. And thank you so much usandpets:) that is exactly the post I was hoping for! Since I've only owned/known him for a week, I'll start like you said with the rope:) Thanks to everyone, keep it coming!
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post #13 of 23 Old 01-27-2013, 10:57 PM
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Another thing that "trick" is good for is if they happen to get their hoof caught on something like a wire. They will be less likely to fight it if you practice more with it. You could even get to the point of leading them around with their leg instead of the halter or ground staking them.
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post #14 of 23 Old 01-27-2013, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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I can see how that would be really helpful. Can't wait to try this out tomorrow:) again, thanks!
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post #15 of 23 Old 01-27-2013, 11:06 PM Thread Starter
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The first Pic I sent to my mom.. asking if I could:)
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post #16 of 23 Old 01-27-2013, 11:15 PM
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I clicker trained my horse, and it REALLY helped when teaching him not only to give me his feet, but especially to hold his foot there. Once he got the idea, I started waiting longer and longer before I clicked and treated, but the goal is to always do so before he tries to pull it back. If I accidentally wait too long, I'll try to hang on to the foot and wait until he relaxes before giving it back. Now, I don't have to use the clicker (unless he gets REALLY bad about it, which hasn't happened in a long time), and have been cleaning his feet out daily while they're eating their beet pulp mash. He's very food motivated, so he's learned he can continue to eat if he's standing patiently. If he pulls his foot back or tries to move, he either naturally steps too far from his food to eat or I drive him away. When the farrier comes, I plan on letting him eat while he's worked on at least while we're still at this stage. Eventually, I'll wean him off of the food all together.

Honestly, the thing that has been the best for him as been finding something to keep him occupied rather than just standing there as well as working with him on a daily basis.
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post #17 of 23 Old 01-27-2013, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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I've heard of clicker training before, thought it sounded effective and interesting. However, where do you get a "clicker"??
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post #18 of 23 Old 01-27-2013, 11:23 PM
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Plenty of them are sold for dogs. However, I got a really good quality one since I needed to use it outdoors and stand up to the terror of horses and related items (like getting dropped in the sand or getting mixed in the grain I used to use for treating!) Let me find you a link....
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post #19 of 23 Old 01-27-2013, 11:26 PM Thread Starter
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you're the best!:) Thanks
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post #20 of 23 Old 01-27-2013, 11:29 PM
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The clicker I use (and love!):http://www.amazon.com/StarMark-Clicker-Dog-Training-System/dp/B000FMDIL6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1359347011&sr=8-2&keywords=star+clicker


The must-have wrist attachment (I reccommend a more expensive and high-quality one so it doesn't break with all the things you do with horses, including riding. Mine's lasted over a year): Amazon.com: Customer Reviews: Securit Wrist Key Coil Wearable Key Organizer, Flexible Coil, Black (04995)


The book I HIGHLY reccommend for starting clicker training with horses and refer to often: http://www.amazon.com/The-Click-That-Teaches-Step-By-Step/dp/0970406509/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1359347309&sr=8-1&keywords=the+click+that+teaches

Now, all you need is a reinforcer (aka reward) that your horse will work for, and you're good to go!
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