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        07-07-2009, 07:12 PM
      #1
    Yearling
    Question How do i train my pony to float???

    My pony hasn't been in a float for over 10 ys and we might be taking him to low level shows further in the year or the next. He doesn't like stepping on anything apart from solid ground. What do I do? I have tried leading him on to large planks of wood lying on the groung so that he would get used to the sound and the feel for it. Please help!!
         
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        07-07-2009, 07:31 PM
      #2
    Green Broke
    Its probably the things ON the float, desensitize him to the float itsslef and also planks of wood.
         
        07-07-2009, 09:13 PM
      #3
    Started
    The boards are an excellent idea. If you have access to a bridge, whether a real one with water under it, etc., or a trail class bridge, that can be even better because it has a more echoey quality, more like the float (Sorry if I lapse into saying "trailer" ). I've also seen "teeter totter" style bridges, with a low fulcrum. If you can get access to one of these, and your horse will go over it, you're basically home free as far as his confidence in the ground goes. Just start with a stationary bridge first, for sure. Walking over tarps or plastic sheeting, dropcloths, and other things can be beneficial.

    When it comes to the actual loading, I love Clinton Anderson's method, if that's available in your area. It actually gets the horse wanting to be on the float.

    Good luck getting him loaded, and showing!
         
        07-07-2009, 10:01 PM
      #4
    Trained
    Water Wings?? Those always help me float.
         
        07-07-2009, 10:03 PM
      #5
    Yearling
    Thanxs for all the help. I'll try walking with him on the boards today.
         
        07-08-2009, 05:11 AM
      #6
    Trained
    Lol MIE!

    I swear by a bum rope.

    I would also say forget the planks, that will get him used to walking on planks, not into a float. Use a float. My horses are all A+ floaters and and still need persuading to walk over a bridge.
         
        07-08-2009, 10:56 AM
      #7
    Weanling
    Its so funny at times, the difference in terminology!

    I really and truly envisioned you with your pony in a pond trying to get him to "float" in there and wondering why in HEAVEN'S name you wanted to do such a thing with him!

    He may surprise you totally and just walk right on. If he is food orientated (as most ponies would be) have a bucket of food with you as you are trying to load him to entice him on with

    Maybe you could also form a "chute" with poles on the ground and have him walk back and forth through the chute and then put a tarp on the ground and have him walk forward and backwards over the tarp and praise him up and give him a reward for doing so. That should ingrain it in his mind that scary things on the ground earn him rewards and they don't reach up and bite him either! And it will also reinforce that he is to go forward all the time and do what you are asking him to do

    Good luck - and if you ever DO get him floating in a pond somewhere, please post pictures for us to see!
         
        07-08-2009, 11:37 AM
      #8
    Trained
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    Lol MIE!
    lol Wild Spot. Glad you got my joke :)
         
        07-08-2009, 11:42 AM
      #9
    Yearling
    We had a horse at our barn refuse to load a few weeks back so they got a "trainer" to come help. (we had tried everything and then some) When he came he said that the only thing we did wrong was fight her. He said as soon as she refused to go on he just back up and started working on getting her focused on him. I wasn't there but apparently he did use a rather scary stick to get her attention. But then he just backed up a bunch and then lunged her and got her to obey him. After the workout he tried to load her again and when she didn't repeat. After several times she got it that she had to load or go through all the work.

    He got her to load off and on many times and made her stay on the trailer for a while, etc. Then he had her young owner do the same, including the backing up and lunging and she then loaded on and off bunches of times, so we shall see if its a permanent fix, but a good idea if you run into a really stubborn one like this. (I think he may have been using Clinton Anderson's ideas not sure)
         
        07-08-2009, 12:50 PM
      #10
    Started
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    Originally Posted by lovemyponies    
    we had a horse at our barn refuse to load a few weeks back so they got a "trainer" to come help. (we had tried everything and then some) When he came he said that the only thing we did wrong was fight her. He said as soon as she refused to go on he just back up and started working on getting her focused on him. I wasn't there but apparently he did use a rather scary stick to get her attention. But then he just backed up a bunch and then lunged her and got her to obey him. After the workout he tried to load her again and when she didn't repeat. After several times she got it that she had to load or go through all the work.

    He got her to load off and on many times and made her stay on the trailer for a while, etc. Then he had her young owner do the same, including the backing up and lunging and she then loaded on and off bunches of times, so we shall see if its a permanent fix, but a good idea if you run into a really stubborn one like this. (I think he may have been using Clinton Anderson's ideas not sure)

    Yep, that sounds like Clinton Anderson's method. I've seen CA use it at a demo before, and it worked fantastically. I use it myself if my horse is just not focusing on the trailer, and it gets them on. I never really followed through with the entire thing, my horses load pretty well, and if it ain't broke, don't fix it. My grandma's horse trainer used it to get their QH on their trailer (the first time they ever loaded him, it took 5 experienced men, plus a vet and a sedative to get him on...), and he steps right on it now.

    I've seen horses totally spazz out with a butt rope, and I've seen it really work well. It all depends on the horse and what he's used to/will tolerate in a potentially stressful situation. I can't recommend it, or not recommend it personally, I've just seen so many different reactions to it, some not good.
         

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