getting a horse to carry a flag?

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

getting a horse to carry a flag?

This is a discussion on getting a horse to carry a flag? within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Training your horse to carry a flag
  • How to carry flag on horse in parade

Like Tree8Likes
  • 6 Post By Cherie
  • 1 Post By aforred
  • 1 Post By Foxhunter

LinkBack Thread Tools
    06-01-2013, 02:00 PM
Green Broke
getting a horse to carry a flag?

Um my horse Pancho is really scared of bags and stuff like that other than that he's a really great horse. Nothing on the ground scares him such as bags that are on the ground blowing. But as soon as I go to work with him with a flag he freaks out. I'll continue to work with him and it just doesn't seem to work. Should I just continue to work with him a little bit every day until he is use to all the movement..

I'm asking because there's a parade that I want to ride Poncho in carrying a flag and I'm worried that he will freak out.

Sorry if some of this is spelt wrong I am using my voice thing on my phone

I'm asking this because
Posted via Mobile Device
Sponsored Links
    06-01-2013, 05:34 PM
Super Moderator
We have taught a lot of horses to carry flags including some real spooky ones. Here is a list of the things we do to get one over their fear of the things.

1) Never try anything new or scary at the beginning of a ride when a horse is fresh. Do anything frightening at the end of a long ride when the horse is calm and quiet and preferably tired -- never fresh. This is when we teach a horse to let us swing a rope, drag a log, shoot a gun nearby or ?????

2) If you want to do anything like carry a flag or drag a log, get a second person with a 'broke' horse to help -- at the end of a long ride, of course. Get this other person to carry the flag and then follow them around until your horse will ride up close to them and the flag.

3) When your horse does not mind following the flag, then, ride him along side of it and finally right in front of it.

4) When your horse is quiet and accepting of riding beside and in front of the flag, carry it on him. If your flag holder is on your horse's right side, make sure to go along an arena fence with the fence on your left side or opposite side from the flag. This keeps a horse from going sideways away from the flag.

We use these steps for everything new that might scare a horse. It has worked every time.
    06-01-2013, 07:07 PM
I really like that list, Cherie. (I'm a list lover, LOL.) You have a tendency to break things down into manageable steps, and I just wanted to let you know I admire that about you.
DimSum likes this.
    06-01-2013, 07:27 PM
Getting a horse better with something can be a good warm up too.

1. Take the flag and just first walk around bored-like and just wave it around. Flap the bag, drop it and move it with your feet, stretch up with it.

2. Once the horse is OK with you having it, begin to work with the horse with the bag. When you do circles with him, have the lead hand in neutral (so the horse knows you don't mean anything by it) and wave the flag around. Don't look at the horse or at the flag, otherwise it may tell the horse that the bag is scary or the horse should be afraid of it.

3. After warming up with it, do the friendly game. Rub the bag everywhere on the horse. Rub him like you would a rubber curry. When you get to a more sensitive the horse isn't quite sure about, work with that area. Rub the bag quickly over it or try this other technique: Rub the bag to the spot right before he flinches and then retreat to a spot he is sure about. Then again get to that spot before, only go just a little bit farther. Continues this until he gets OK with it. If the horse moves when you rub him with the bag, then keep moving with the horse and continue rubbing until he stops. When the horse stops, immediately stop the rubbing and moving. This tells the horse that what he did was good and helps him to let the horse know that the bag really is his friend, not some scary monster from the back woods.

Just try this for a few days and your horse will get better and better each day. Always end on a good part, that way when you come back the next time he will be a little better. Were if you stopped when he was being bad, then next time it may be worse.

My horse thinks that Spray bottles are the devil - but that is a whole other story if you want your horse to get good with that, haha!!
    06-01-2013, 11:22 PM
Green Broke
Thanks for your replies. I am the only one who rides. So its kind of me.doing it all my self. I worked with him today. And man was it hard. I put him in the roundpen. And went to put his BELL BOOTS on and he freaked out when I walked toward himsith them. Finally after getting them o. I worked with a bag on the stick. After like 45 of trotting running snorting. He stopped and I dropped the bag.he relaxed. Then I got him to let me rub it on him. Just his back/ but area. If I went towards his chest then that he'd start moving again.. my other horse has no problem with bags or flags. But I really wanna ride this one in the parade because this is the only problem he has. Sunny needs work on other 'Imgoingtoeatyou' things l
Posted via Mobile Device
    06-02-2013, 03:45 AM
Super Moderator
I like what Cherie has told you.

Many moons ago Queen Elizabeth was visiting the area we lived. It was decided that we would stand the ponies along the country road she was being driven along.
One girl turned up the an enormous Union Jack to carry on her pony.

All was well and plaited up ponies we set off for the road. The flag carrying pony was a little unsettled and fidgety but nothing to bad - until there was a gust of wind and then he took off.

I well recall this girl, flag billowing disappearing along the road apparently going to meet the Queen before she had finished her visit to the town!

A few minutes later they appeared still carrying the flag, still at a fast canter only stopping because we blocked the road.

The flag was held by someone else on a horse that never minded it!
DimSum likes this.
    06-02-2013, 04:36 AM
I really like Cherie's list!

Just wanted to add a technique the woman I leased my drill horse from used. While her horse wasn't exactly spooky each drill season she had him "live" with a flag. She found a cheap flag that could live outside 24/7 and secured it in his stall near his waterer. He lived in a coral where wind would blow the flag occasionally and I would often brush it when I was petting him. Past that I used techniques like Cherie having a flag broke horse walk/trot next to us with a flag then I stood/walked/trotted with a flag with a broke horse next to us. The more we did it the less of an issue the flag was. Consider also some flags are annoyingly big enough to fly in front of you and touch your horses neck or maybe ear. It'd be a good idea to desensitize him to that too.
Posted via Mobile Device
    06-02-2013, 01:41 PM
Green Broke
Yeah. I hung about 6 bags near his feeder... so get used to it or starve lol. And on next to his waterer as well... his getting the hang of it
Posted via Mobile Device

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How can I get my horse involved in carrying the flag? Blondehorselover Rodeo 14 08-12-2012 09:48 AM
What gaits carry/don't carry impulsion. Spyder Dressage 53 02-01-2011 08:43 PM
American flag horse blanket/sheet? persson2000 Horse Tack and Equipment 8 08-10-2010 04:13 PM
Learning to carry a flag kchfuller Horse Pictures 12 12-20-2009 09:42 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 07:40 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0