Looking for a confidence boost (book/advice) - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
 2Likes
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 11 Old 09-30-2012, 05:18 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Ontario
Posts: 17,193
• Horses: 0
An exercise I've been doing for a couple of days with a tense horse is to put him in the pen at liberty. Let it walk about, sniff, roll etc for a few minutes. Then approach and greet with the back of your hand. Let him move the last inch to touch your hand. Then move to the horse's shoulder, facing same as the horse and a few feet off, whatever distance both of you are comforable with. You may even have to move to the middle. If your horse moves out to the rail, just stay aligned with his shoulder and mimic everything the horses does. If he moves his left first, you do the same, as best you can. Keep your arms at your side and glance at where the horse's head is. If he stops to look outside the pen, you do also, where he's looking. At first the process may leave him a bit confused and that's ok. Or, you may see his head beginning to drop into a more relaxed position and maybe even licking and chewing. 15 min is enough then without looking at him just turn and leave. The horse I did this with also yawned so hard 4 times I wondered if his jaw would break. Plus the licking and chewing. His eye was soft and relaxed. The second time it was in the pasture, just walking together. He let me much closer this time. If he stopped to graze, I bent down and wiped the grass with my fingers. The difficulty you might encounter is the shoulder alignment. If he picks up speed your behind the neutral line running thro the middle of his shoulder. If he wants to back or reverse direction you've gotten a little ahead. It become a bit of a dance getting it right. When the horse relaxes it's a glorious feeling.
Saddlebag is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Horse Needs A Confidence Boost JustWingIt Horse Riding 2 07-29-2012 08:19 PM
Boost To Your Confidence sarahkgamble Horse Talk 4 03-05-2012 07:15 PM
In Need of a Confidence Boost MyLittleHunter Horse Riding 5 11-27-2010 07:54 PM
Show Tomorrow! Sooooo Nervous!! Need Confidence Boost! BurningAmber520 Horse Shows 5 11-02-2009 12:48 PM
Need a confidence boost! BurningAmber520 Horse Talk 2 06-22-2009 09:11 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome