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post #41 of 46 Old 11-09-2012, 05:15 AM
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We have been de-sensitising horses for thousands of years. It is not a USA natural horsemanship invention. Go back a thousand years or so and look at the Chinese horsemen and the arabs and the horsemen of outer mongolia, the Romans (what did they ever do for us?) LOL. I am sure native americans were using the same techniques too before the europeans 'invaded' The New World (USA).

Erm.... Native Americans didn't have horses until the "Europeans invaded the New World."

Equus Caballus is not a native species to the Americas. How do you think they got there?

Carry on.

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I sure do wish my mare had been desensitized to the sound of a crinkling water bottle right after she almost dumped me when I took a drink of water on a hot day last July.

Yep we are working on alot of things to get used to. I carried an empty water bottle for a while and just made noise with it. She is now okay for me to drink and ride on now.
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Erm.... Native Americans didn't have horses until the "Europeans invaded the New World."

Equus Caballus is not a native species to the Americas. How do you think they got there?

Carry on.
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Desensitizing in the horse world is a very diverse word, and I can't help but feel that the majority of you are taking it in the most direct sense. Desensitizing in my mind, is the same as putting the saddle on the horse a couple times before you jump on and go for the first ride. It's a way of building trust in the horse, showing them that yes, this seems scary, but see, it's okay, you can trust me.

Like Schulz says, introducing blankets works wonders as it also gets the horse used to being touched in odd places. Like TimeFlys said, it can help prevent a lot of accidents. I wore a vest on a cold day near my breaker, moved a certain way and it rustled. She freaked. So I settled her and repeated the sound. After a couple of times, she couldn't care less.

And in this sense, I don't think anyone can say that they don't desensitize their horse. You all ease a horse into a halter, into the bit, under the saddle. These days, that all falls under desensitizing.

And let me just say that desensitizing may play a part in a lot of NH, but you don't have to support NH to use it. I myself think Parelli and such can cause more harm than good, but desensitizing is one thing that I cannot fault.
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I so agree with Tracer on what they say about desensitising.

I don't stick a polythene bag on the end of a whip and wave it about to get a horse use to it but, in the loose pens I do have a football which the horses play with (until the GSD pierces it) and I think nothing of kicking it about whilst the horses are I there.
I never stop children on pedal toys belting up and down the aisles, or running around yelling and shouting. The dogs are in and out of the stables and they all look in the ATV as meals on wheels.

Given half a chance the youngsters will grab anything they can and play with it. This can be a rug that has been left on the wall or a polythene bale wrap they have pulled off the ATV. All, to them, is fair game which is why, should a horse jump at a bale wrap when I lead it past, they are corrected.
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I just remembered on one occasion a young horse in the filed grabbed an empty polythene feed bag off the back of the ATV. He pulled it out and then shook it which frightened him so he took off with this rattling bag in front of him. He was terrified but never had the sense to drop it.
The other horses all stood watching him as he charged around in circles several times. In the end my old wise mare moved to stand in his path and so he stopped. She took a hold of the bag and took it from him Dropped it on the floor and stood on it with one foot.
I swear that youngster was embarrassed!
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