07-02-2013, 07:14 PM
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That's so cute Jaydee ^^ I also find it easier to train horses who are likely to mug people using treats to teach them how to accept a treat, rather than just avoiding the issue all together.
Today went great for all my horses!! Tank had 2 days inside due to thunderstorms and me working too much, so I was very concerned that she would be terrible to get out today. She was actually fantastic! She's still nervous and tense in and out of her stall, but I brought my target and kept her focused and moving without giving her time to analyze anything that made her nervous - but I did put the target on some things that made her nervous, but only if it was in our path and we could achieve it quickly. She walked right out without freezing up, but still clearly nervous. She was so good I brought her to a different paddock that's further away and she handled this situation exceptionally well. Coming back in though she got very scared of the garage windows with her reflection in them, she bolted sideways, but stopped when she reached the end of the leadline and then found the target. Then we worked on the target until she was touching the window, she didn't bat an eye at the second window we past. She's coming along! The only diet change so far has been reintroducing Brewer's Yeast, but when it arrives I'm going to start her on MagRestore to see if that at least allows her to be unafraid in her stall.
I worked with Viking today too (my 3 year old from the last video) He was exceptional! I worked with him outside today, I had him on lead because he's very dangerous off lead, won't hesitate to kick or strike. I started by standing next to him and C+T when his head was straight ahead. He exaggerated it a bit and turned a bit further away, but this time he didn't turn back to me when I clicked, he learned to wait with his head straight and the treat would come to him there. Then I just started taking a step or two, wanting him to keep himself in the same position next to me. He caught on FAST. I would walk, then stop, if he went to far he'd back up or circle around me to get back in position.
I then went to his other side and spent a few minutes teaching all the same things, but his attention span was coming to a close so I ended it on a good note. Later that day though when I went through his paddock he did throw a hissy fit about having to back out of my space and actually reared, no striking this time, but he got in a good bit of trouble for that. Off lead he's seriously dangerous, I guess I'll stick to on-lead until his manners improve.
So things are looking up, someone got a video of me with Viking, but hasn't sent it to me yet. I'm still having trouble with making him stay calm when I make him wait a bit for the treat, if I try to make him stand straight and face ahead for more than a few seconds he'll start touching me, turning to face me, backing up, just fidgetting, I'm not sure how to stretch out the cue making him stand longer.