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post #11 of 15 Old 10-19-2010, 05:17 PM
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I don't desensitize at home. I honestly don't find it much use - A plastic bag on a stick at home doesn't always correlate with a plastic bag blowing under their feet on the trail.

I prefer to:

1) Teaqch them HOW to respond to a scary situation. I teach them to keep on the same line and speed that I have chosen. They can look as much as they like but they need to maintain both line and speed. Mostly I flex them away from the scary object and use a leg yeild to keep their body on the same line. The more things we pass without issue, the more they trust me to tell them it is ok and believe me.

2) Same as everyone else, just get out and ride in as many different places as I can. I ride in the city, to the mall, through Maccas drivethrough, through creeks, over causeways (Sometimes flooded) through gullies, on footpaths, through sheep and cattle.

As long as your horse knows how to appropriately react to any scary stimuli, and is exposed to as much as possible, it doesn't matter if they are bombproof or not, as scary things become a non-event as they know what is expected of them - After all, that is all a horse wants!

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Thanks guys :)

I have another thing I'd like to add: The gal I bought my paint stud Jester from turned him into the calmest, close-to-bombproof-as-you-can-get horse by literally taking him everywhere since he was old enough. She would rid ehis Mom out on the trail and have him follow, she would haul him with her stock to shows, and when he was weaned she would continue to pony him everywhere behind other horses. He got exposed to all sorts of things...

We've had this horse since he was a yearling, and never once has he spooked in his sixteen years when we rode him. Hell, he's never even twitched an ear at anything.

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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post #13 of 15 Old 10-19-2010, 05:40 PM
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Originally Posted by SorrelHorse View Post
She would rid ehis Mom out on the trail and have him follow, she would haul him with her stock to shows, and when he was weaned she would continue to pony him everywhere behind other horses. He got exposed to all sorts of things...
This is indeed the easiest and fastest way. I've always ponied the young ones everywhere off our lead mare. No matter how much they trust you, they trust boss mare even more.

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post #14 of 15 Old 10-19-2010, 05:44 PM
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^ Exactly. Ponying is an awesome way to get a youngster exposed to the world with a solid lead horse.

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post #15 of 15 Old 10-19-2010, 05:58 PM
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i got a plastic bag and just rubber it all over tess, and she got used to it :P an i made her walk over a chaff bag or tarp under saddle and on the ground :P

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