06-01-2013, 06:27 PM
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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!!