Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Northwestern, WA
Okay, see now that you've explained your method a bit more, I actually agree with you for the most part, especially that last part, which, oddly, was what I disagreed with most in your first post. However, I still maintain that if you ask the horse in a different way, it requires the horse to think about what you're asking instead of just responding automatically with its ingrained undesireable behavior. This makes it way more likely that the horse will decide to comply instead of just throwing a hissy fit out of habit. The only thing we really disagree on is what to do first. You say desensitize first and deal with "go" later, and I say deal with "go" now and desensitization will follow naturally. I went through this whole thing with my horse also, doing exactly as I posted here, and it worked wonders, so since you also went through this with your horse, it's clear that both methods work, it just depends on whether you'd rather ride out the buck or have the horse not buck at all.
I mean, maybe I'm just against bucking because the horse I'm talking about bucked like a regular string NRHA horse, but in any event, if I can have the horse not buck, and still get solid, effective results, I totally will.
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Last edited by SuperStarsSugar; 11-22-2009 at 10:36 PM.