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post #11 of 17 Old 10-29-2009, 10:21 PM Thread Starter
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Yea thats why i didnt take the bag away till she was calm, but i hope it didnt confuse her cuz when she was going crazy and bucking and kicking we kinda added some feet inbetween us and that i think calmed her down a little bit, but i still didnt remove the bag till she stood still.
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post #12 of 17 Old 10-30-2009, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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Just so everyone knows, we did really well today with the "scarrrry Baggg" lol. I got it to where it could touch her front feet/legs with it after she tried to paw it to death, than i could rub it on her shoulder, lower neck, sides, and back. I didnt do the back legs but im sure those wont be too hard now that shes used to it touching her front legs, Thanx again for all of your suggestions and i will let you know when she has totally over came her fear of those bags.
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post #13 of 17 Old 10-31-2009, 01:15 AM
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I am curious…what is the point of tying a bag to the end of a stick and having her "overcome" her fear of bags on a stick? The only time she will ever see that is with you.
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post #14 of 17 Old 10-31-2009, 11:58 AM Thread Starter
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No, if she is afraid of bags and one comes flying over her head or by her legs and freaks out, im going to get bucked off. If she knows that when certain things that make loud crackling noises and fly over her or touch her anywhere, she will think twice about running or bucking and she will stand still. Its not just getting her over the fear of a "bag on a stick" its getting her over the fear of the bag and where ever it touches her or goes near her. And there will be more than just the bag, such as a huge garbage back (it makes a different noise), a cloth such as a bandana, and more. By the way, there are plenty of bags that float across the road and streets and where i trail ride, she needs to know they will not hurt her. Get it? lol
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post #15 of 17 Old 10-31-2009, 03:03 PM
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Unfortunately, the bag that floats across the road will not be the one that she has been desensitized to, it will not be the same. Have you ever ridden by something that you had passed by numerous times and the horse never batted an eyelash only to have it react to it later? As if it had just noticed it for the first time? It's a bit like that…something about it appeared different to the horse. You can take a blue tarp and desensitize a horse to it. If you switch that tarp, same size, same type, to a grey one, he may not want to go anywhere near it. It's still a tarp, but not the same.
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post #16 of 17 Old 10-31-2009, 03:07 PM
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it has nothing to do with your horse not being afraid of a tarp or a bag...it is teaching your horse how to respond to spooky objects or situations. teaching them that it is not okay to bolt off at any little thing

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post #17 of 17 Old 11-01-2009, 12:32 PM Thread Starter
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Just as gypsygirl said. It has nothing to do with them being afraid of the tarp or bag itself it is just teaching her that she needs to stand still and not run away, buck etc whenever something loud and crackly (such as a bag or anything) spooks her. As i stated above, i'm not just going to use the grocery bag, i said i was going to use numerous thing such as a large black garbage bag, different cloths and big activity balls and whatever else i can think of. And yes...i am already aware of the fact that different colors can spook them, even if it is the same object, this is all part of desensitization. You should look up some videos on youtube to truly understand why we use things like that, because it sounds to me that you dont quite understand yet, it will help you to watch how they respond to these things and why we use what we use.
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