Horse needed to wait for the 'Q' to nibble some grass. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 6 Old 06-04-2013, 08:14 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Horse needed to wait for the 'Q' to nibble some grass.

Starting at the gate. I've been working with a horse for the first time. She is always 20 to 40 ft from me.I'm lucky, I have a melo horse. When it is time to go nibble grass, I walk Ginger to the gate. I make her wait a short time before letting her go to nibble. Extending the time a few seconds each time. Well today she didn't wait one second. She trotted past me with whip in hand. I ran over to her and she gave me the butt treatment. Grrr. I took her by the halter walked her back to the gate. Put her hobbles on and locked the gate. I than got out of sight. Ginger than starts to talk to me in her bossy voice. I started talking back to her in my screw you voice and told her she really screwed up! She new excactly what was going on. She looked sooo sad. After 10 or 20 min. We tryed it again she screwed up again. So right there where she had taken a bite of grass I took off the hobbles, walked her back to the gate and we did the wait again. Amazing! She stood there 3 times longer then she ever has. It looks like we are getting it. I heard if you start something with a horse go through with it until they start to get it and improve on it in time. Always start out with something they know. Introduce the new. Then go back to something they know for the confidence of the horse.
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-05-2013, 02:32 AM
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I do not really understand any of this!

Why, if you are handling a horse, do you have it 20 to 40 feet away from you? There is no way to correct or control with this. Hence the reason why she trotted past you out of the gate. Had you had her on a short rope the moment she started to walk ahead you could have corrected.
Never run towards a horse that has done something wrong as in this situation.
Once back inside the gate why hobble?

A horse is not going to understand why it was put back because it took longer than 19 seconds to correct.
Have the horse on a short rope, lead it out the gat and make it wait before allowing it to graze - if it tries correct and make it wait. This way it understands it is not to eat unless allowed to.

Yes, you should always follow through but a horse needs to understand what is wanted of it and, being at the end of a long rope or loose is not going to teach it. This can happen but only after the horse has both a strong bond and trust in the handler.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-05-2013, 06:13 AM
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I agree with your whole thread makes no sense.

And not sure what you think you are accomplishing anyway, except wasting time for all concerned.

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Why are you making her wait? What are you hoping that she is learning from this?

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-05-2013, 12:23 PM
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Foxhunter is right. Read that and learn.
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-05-2013, 12:30 PM
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This makes no sense to me.....I agree with what foxhunter said.

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