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        04-12-2012, 08:12 AM
      #31
    Foal
    Anyone else here find that their horse has a preference for what order their hooves are picked out in? Mine is an angel - as long as you go near fore, near hind, off hind, off fore,

    Backing up wise, I make her back up every time I enter her box, then give her a fuss/scratch etc, before doing whatever with her. It's a good chance to practice. I always say "Back, back!" as her verbal prompt. Then when we are outside I just say the prompt and she remembers. Took us three months to get it down pat.
         
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        04-12-2012, 09:31 PM
      #32
    Trained
    Well, so far the dressage whip has been the best $10 I've spent in a VERY long time! Lol I took Aires out this evening and worked on grooming him. I swear I got enough hair off him to make a mini! Ugh! However, he's starting to look more like a horse and less like a woolly mammoth. Lol

    Anyway, he was fine walking to the hitching rails and was standing tied beautifully. I groomed him, then decided to pick out his hooves. I had grabbed my crop and slipped it around my wrist. He was fine with his left front, as usual. Picked up his left rear and he fought me. He nearly clipped me at one point, so I turned around and whalloped him across the rear with the crop. He startled and then put his head down and kinda licked his lips. Lol So, I picked his foot back up, but he still fought me for a while. I just refused to let go and after about a minute and a half, he gave up and stood nicely. Can I just say that I LOVE his feathers and I'll be sad if they go away when he completely sheds out? They make it so much easier to keep a grip on his hoof/leg while he's trying to rip it out of my hand.

    Anyway...on to the dressage whip...we were walking back to his stall and the BO was starting up the tractor to feed and I was wanting to make sure Aires was paying attention, so I stopped and said "Ho" (I could tell he wasn't paying attention and was trying to give him as much of a chance to succeed as possible). Well, he kept walking for three or four steps, so I brought the dressage whip around and snapped him across the chest with it. Boy, did he stop quick! I thanked him for stopping, then continued walking. Every time I stopped after that, he stopped AS SOON as my feet stopped moving. Small victory, but victory nonetheless!
         

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