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  • Training a horse to not spook every time she see something?

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    06-24-2012, 07:38 PM
  #151
Foal
I disagree, If my horse is scared of some thing,and it wants to check it out (sniff it) I let it, i'm happy that its checking it,and not just avoiding,so that way the next time we go by, it will go past it like nothing...
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    06-25-2012, 03:10 AM
  #152
Yearling
I personally think that if you have to stop and let your horse sniff everything a ride can get very tedious and boring. For myself I would rather have my horse in the habit of walking by something unusual and scary as opposed to having to go through the whole stop, stare, sniff, rigmarole - it gets old real quick. But that's just my personal preference.
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    06-25-2012, 08:34 AM
  #153
Foal
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Originally Posted by kiwigirl    
I personally think that if you have to stop and let your horse sniff everything a ride can get very tedious and boring. For myself I would rather have my horse in the habit of walking by something unusual and scary as opposed to having to go through the whole stop, stare, sniff, rigmarole - it gets old real quick. But that's just my personal preference.

Well that's what you want in the end of the day,but at 1st,when there young,and just starting to learn, I want them to see (sniff) anything,and after a while,the'll be like, ah, its nothing, its old for them, they don't wanna do it.
     
    06-25-2012, 12:15 PM
  #154
Yearling
If you choose to let your horse sniff everything, you had better hope that whatever it is sniffing does not spook your horse. Now if it does every time you pass it, your horse will get nervous because you drew attention to it. You made it an "issue."
     
    06-25-2012, 12:33 PM
  #155
Foal
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Originally Posted by goneriding    
If you choose to let your horse sniff everything, you had better hope that whatever it is sniffing does not spook your horse. Now if it does every time you pass it, your horse will get nervous because you drew attention to it. You made it an "issue."
if she goes to sniff it,and she spooks, then I get off of her, and put a halter on her,and do ground work with her around it,till she reliezes its good. I follow Clinton Anderson.
     
    06-25-2012, 06:36 PM
  #156
Foal
As mentioned before, Basic Training for a Safe Trail Horse is a small paperback handbook that describes how to build a relationship with your trail horse where it will trust your judgment. Here's what it says about spooking: "The stronger your partnership is with your horse, the quicker he will learn to confront fearful things on the trail. KEEP YOUR HORSE'S HEAD TOWARD THE FEARFUL OBJECT. Approach at a walk making circles around it or loops beside it. As he gets nearer, have him stand and praise him.......guide him closer to the object and praise him for obeying your cues to stand.......It is dangerous to dismount and try to lead your horse to encounter something of which he is frightened, because the chance that he can jump on you is high..............Employing repetition of the maneuvers to teach your horse to confront something scary until he can walk by or "chase" (moveable like a bicycle) it three times in a calm manner becomes boring to your horse as well as to you....." Horses dislike boredom, so this repetition is a good tool. Horses are intelligent enough to learn to choose not to react to something rather than experience boring repetition!
     
    06-25-2012, 08:17 PM
  #157
Green Broke
I was told to let my horse stop and sniff things if he was nervous about passing. I turned my rarely spook horse into a spooker. When I stopped letting him stop to sniff he stopped spooking.
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    06-25-2012, 08:47 PM
  #158
Trained
I thought "Basic Training for a Safe Trail Horse" was a rotten book.

"It is dangerous to dismount and try to lead your horse to encounter something of which he is frightened, because the chance that he can jump on you is high."

Well, it can't be that high. I had a very spooky mare, and I started her trail training by leading her on a lead line. At the start, she'd panic in 100 yards. We worked up to about 1.5 miles, and then I started riding her. We're doing 6+ miles with other horses and I plan to start her on solo work soon.

But in all that leading time, she never once showed any sign of wanting to jump on me. Nor was I ever stupid enough to stand directly between her and an escape route - but my goal was to calm her past things, not pull her by brute force.

A couple of days ago, she encountered her first motorcycle on the trail. He was headed toward us, the trail barely wide enough for us both, and cactus on either side. Happily, he saw she was nervous, stopped & killed his engine. I dismounted and led her up to him. When she heard him talk, she let out a sigh and relaxed. We squeezed on by, he restarted his engine, I mounted, and we went out opposite ways.

I suppose I could have sat on her back and whipped her butt, but that would only have scared her more. In her defense, he really did look like a 200 lb horsefly.

Perhaps it depends on the horse & situation? If my horse is a little tense, I'll have her push on. But if she is scared - really scared - trying to force her on would buy me a "spin and bolt". Or a rear, perhaps.
     
    07-01-2012, 04:51 AM
  #159
Foal
Fantastic OP! Thank you and I agree wholeheartedly.:)
     
    07-02-2012, 05:18 PM
  #160
Foal
What do you think of ahorse that wrings her tail when riding? She's thrown 3 ppl including me but a friend of mine rides her great what's going on? I was starting to get comfortable with her until she completely did a 180 then reared twice and I fell off lol could have been alot worse I rode her again yesterday and she started wringing her tail and I got off.
     

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