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    08-01-2011, 03:05 PM
  #1
Foal
Horse scared of whip

What would be a good way to get them used to it, so they're not so scared?
     
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    08-01-2011, 03:48 PM
  #2
Foal
Well...depends on your horse's back ground...do you know whom owned him before and what they used him for?.. age ?

When I initally introduce the whip for Training purpose's.. remember, that it is a tool and not to "hit" the horse with.. maybe he has been abused in some sort of way...

Starting over can be fustrating, but it can be done...I would start in the round pen ( this way he has a way of getting away and not feeling trapped )...if you can halter and lead line him,,try walking up and talking gently, praising...and see if he will smell it..from there, try to move it sloooowly toward's his neck..if he bolt's.. drop the whip and pat him..end on a good note. Keep trying the method until he realize's your not going to "hit" him..if you do get to rub it back and forth on his neck, reward him and end on a good note.. and keep going from there. Good Luck !
     
    08-01-2011, 03:53 PM
  #3
Weanling
Drop the whip when he bolts? Would that not teach him that when he reacts negatively, the scary thing goes away?

My best bet would be to just keep exposing him. Don't make a big production out of it, and don't give him reason to worry about it. Hold him on a lead rope and touch/stroke him everywhere with the whip and if he freaks out, don't retreat until he stands quietly. As soon as he does settle, stop touching him with it.

Though yes, it would be helpful to know more. What does he do when he's exposed to it?

I like a healthy respect for the whip, but bolting and taking off or kicking at it or anything, obviously I don't.
     
    08-01-2011, 04:05 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by pintophile    
Drop the whip when he bolts? Would that not teach him that when he reacts negatively, the scary thing goes away?

I like a healthy respect for the whip, but bolting and taking off or kicking at it or anything, obviously I don't.

I only say this because there is back ground on the horse(s) and striking out is not something any horse person would want to encounter..I've been striked in the forehead by a rank horse, when introducting the whip..not fun. All my horse's are trained that when I pick up the whip..it mean's we are going to work and when I drop it, where done...

Knowing nothing about the above animal(s)... sway on the side of caution is all..
     
    08-01-2011, 04:10 PM
  #5
Super Moderator
I have had to retrain a number of beaten horses who feared the whip. I spend a lot of time rubbing them with it. Then I will lightly touch them and praise them after the touch.

It is very important to have control of your whip while riding. Many people who cannot keep them still, accidentally tap the horse when they don't mean to. The more upset the horse gets, the worse the whip handling often gets.....spirally out of control.

Get the horse to accept the whip on the ground, then progress to under saddle. While in the saddle, continue to rub the horse with the whip in a pleasant manner.
     
    08-01-2011, 05:34 PM
  #6
Showing
I would just keep the whip very close to his feeder for a few days. If you have a round pen, put him in there and remove his halter. He will likely scoot away and that's ok. The position of your whip can be seen as threatening or non threatening. Pointed downward and away from him is non threatening. Just try walking parallel to his hip while he is on the rail, but well away from kicking distance, dragging the whip. You are now driving him forward. If he begins to hesitate bring the whip around holding the point about waist high, no higher. Bring it just so it's beside you, not ahead of you. The moment he responds put it behind you immediately. It will take time and maybe a lot of it until he trusts that the whip is just an extension of your arm and not a weapon.
     
    08-01-2011, 05:59 PM
  #7
Doe
Weanling
What horse are you referring to? Tell us about them.
     
    08-01-2011, 06:14 PM
  #8
Yearling
What breed is he? What was he used for before you got him? How does he react exactly when he sees it. I have a horse that was being trained to be a charro horse. They put their horses in chutes and whip their feet so they'll learn how to pick them up. Depending on how your horse reacts there could be a few ways to go about getting him used to the whip. The horse I own that was being trained to be a charro horse will charge you when you get the whip out which can be very dangerous. It might take a while but just slowly get him used to seeing it and rubbing it on his neck and eventually all over his body so he will realize you're not going to hurt him with it.
     
    08-01-2011, 06:25 PM
  #9
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rowdy Girl    
Well...depends on your horse's back ground...do you know whom owned him before and what they used him for?.. age ?

When I initally introduce the whip for Training purpose's.. remember, that it is a tool and not to "hit" the horse with.. maybe he has been abused in some sort of way...

Starting over can be fustrating, but it can be done...I would start in the round pen ( this way he has a way of getting away and not feeling trapped )...if you can halter and lead line him,,try walking up and talking gently, praising...and see if he will smell it..from there, try to move it sloooowly toward's his neck..if he bolt's.. drop the whip and pat him..end on a good note. Keep trying the method until he realize's your not going to "hit" him..if you do get to rub it back and forth on his neck, reward him and end on a good note.. and keep going from there. Good Luck !
I would never hit them with it...
They haven't been abused... but I will try! Thank you!
     
    08-01-2011, 06:47 PM
  #10
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by DustyDiamond    
What breed is he? What was he used for before you got him? How does he react exactly when he sees it. I have a horse that was being trained to be a charro horse. They put their horses in chutes and whip their feet so they'll learn how to pick them up. Depending on how your horse reacts there could be a few ways to go about getting him used to the whip. The horse I own that was being trained to be a charro horse will charge you when you get the whip out which can be very dangerous. It might take a while but just slowly get him used to seeing it and rubbing it on his neck and eventually all over his body so he will realize you're not going to hurt him with it.
They are both Quarter's and both mares. They were just... pets when we got them. When they see it, they RUN away.
So do I have a rope on them, me holding it obviously, and then try? Where should I stand, in front or beside them??
     

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