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    11-15-2010, 08:52 PM
  #1
Weanling
Question getting your horse to play with you

How do people do this?

There horse runs around the pen with them and goes over jumps and through things. Treats? How?
     
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    11-15-2010, 09:03 PM
  #2
Trained
Usually the horses that will follow their owners/handlers like that have been worked with for quite sometime, and there is a huge amount of respect and trust in both parties. The horse has been worked with in a specific way, and he knows what the handler's body language means, so they can do all of that off lead work easily. I guarentee every horse you see that does that, has been worked with 5-7 days a week consistently, for months, and often years. It does not happen over night.

That said my mare will follow me around without my hand being on the lead, but that has taken almost a year to accomplish, and lots of groundwork exercises, as well.
     
    11-15-2010, 09:10 PM
  #3
Weanling
So I would start by getting the horse to understand me on the lead line from my body language? Then after a long time once the horse understands it will just happen?
     
    11-15-2010, 10:38 PM
  #4
Green Broke
It does take a lot of time! It took me a year to get to the point my horse understood my language and trust to follow and play. Its very rewarding and I love every moment. I now have started with my filly but have to be careful because she is young and her play can get out of control. So I back off for awhile and wait for her to show me when she is able to play without getting too wild. Time, patience, love and leadership is the key.
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    11-15-2010, 11:16 PM
  #5
Super Moderator
dancing with horses

Here is the link to a video of Klaus Hempfling. He is one of the best natural communicators with "horse language" that I have ever seen.

     
    11-15-2010, 11:38 PM
  #6
Weanling
Wow, that looks like so much fun. I wish I knew where to start. Beautiful horse as well
     
    11-15-2010, 11:45 PM
  #7
Weanling
I used to lease a horse who would pretty much do anything for a peppermint. I used to play hide and seek with him in the pasture, one time I climbed to a low tree branch called his name and he trotted around till he found me (aka the peppermint)
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    11-16-2010, 12:02 AM
  #8
Banned
My horse does this to some point, I have never trained him, or asked him to. If I am in his field, and I run, he will too. In the arena, he will follow me around. For some reason if I flash an open hand, he will stand still, which is the same command my dogs know, but I have never taught him this, and he is never around my dog.

I feel that sometimes there is just a bond, that is not a sought after thing, it is just there because you connect. At least that is how it is with my guy.
     
    11-16-2010, 12:24 AM
  #9
Started
I watched a demo about this just last month by Jonathan Fields - he spoke a lot about how you have to create "draw" and "push" (I think that's what he called it, it was something like that). You create "draw" through groundwork exercises which teach the horse that there will always be a spot that you want the horse to be in, and when the horse finds that spot (whether it be standing on your left side, trotting a circle around you, standing in the far corner, etc) then your body language should be rewarding the horse, if he is not where you want him to be then you tell him through body language that he needs to find that spot.

Heck if I can explain it very well, though lol. That's why I am NOT a clinician. . It made sense to hear it while you saw him demo it. I also have yet to try it.
     
    11-16-2010, 01:17 PM
  #10
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Carleen    
I watched a demo about this just last month by Jonathan Fields - he spoke a lot about how you have to create "draw" and "push" (I think that's what he called it, it was something like that). You create "draw" through groundwork exercises which teach the horse that there will always be a spot that you want the horse to be in, and when the horse finds that spot (whether it be standing on your left side, trotting a circle around you, standing in the far corner, etc) then your body language should be rewarding the horse, if he is not where you want him to be then you tell him through body language that he needs to find that spot.

Heck if I can explain it very well, though lol. That's why I am NOT a clinician. . It made sense to hear it while you saw him demo it. I also have yet to try it.
I love Jonathan Fields, was that at the Mane Event? I missed it this year . Where in BC are you? Oh and how are you liking the bitless bridle, I started Hunter ina Bearfoot Bitless.
     

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