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post #21 of 23 Old 03-08-2010, 08:25 PM
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Just found this forum,here is my two cents.When approaching something that scares your horse,driving him into the object will increase the fear,if you were afraid to enter a haunted house having someone behind you pushing you doesn't help.Yes you do need to be the leader what I do is use this as an chance to practice some rollbacks ,its what is called changing eyes ,if the horse is lokking at the object in his left eye the opening is to the right,then swap sides.If you feel better on the ground nothing wrong with that you can practice the same thing.After the horse calms down some ask for a few forward steps,that will be your gauge.
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post #22 of 23 Old 03-08-2010, 08:42 PM
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Just found the forum here is my two cents.When a horse is afraid of something ,driving the horse forward towards the scary object will increase the fear.If you were afraid to go down a bad neighborhood and your friend was pushing you forward it wouldn't help.The thing you can work on is what we call changing eyes.Keeping the scary object in the left eye gives you an opening to the right ,reverse object in the right eye opening to the left.What you can do is ride a figure eight up to the object.To gauge your progress ask for a few forward steps.The other fun part to this is you will have a real snappy rollback.This still puts you as the leader ,just keep control of the feet.
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post #23 of 23 Old 03-10-2010, 09:54 AM
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My upper level dressage mare decided to do that one time so as she was backing I turned her (still backing) and she backed up past the "bogey man" object! A couple of times doing that and you can send them forward.

Make certain when you ride forward the rider has their head turned AWAY from "bogey man" object and outside leg (opposite side from bad object) back to prevent horse from escaping in that direction (alittle is OK at first). Horse CAN feel the weight difference (of the head) and believes scarey object is no longer of concern for rider. (like it scared you to begin with )
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