02-04-2009, 09:10 PM
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Originally Posted by jchunterjumper
Wow, I am so happy with all the poeple responding. Thanks so much. I just got back from lunging Maggie. It was interesting. I tried the whole hitting her front legs, but found it very challenging because it was hard to cordinate while this animal is high up in the air. I did it like twice, and everytime I did it she would get more and more worked up. She had two little hissy fits, for the first time ever. (I have only lunged her like 4 times) Today when I asked her to go to the left, she would rear, then I would send her forward, and she would rear. This lasted for about 5 minutes the first time, and probibly 3 minutes the second time of just rearing, then asking to go forward, but she would rear, and rear and rear!
This was also the first time she didnt want to go left. She would just refused and rear. Now, I don't have a lot of training experience (only riding already trained horses experience) so I just went with my instincts. I had her work really hard to the right, then ask her to go to the left, and then she would rear, I would pull her off balance (but not enough to pull her backwards) and make her work hard at the right again. Then I would ask her again to go to the left, and she would rear and so on and so on. She finally nicely turned to the left and I let her walk to the left while praising. Was this the right thing to do? I tried at first forcing her to go to the left, but she would just rear and it was not working, and took even more time and energy. I mean, it worked for me, so I think that I should just try it again next time.
So pretty much my conclusion for helping Maggie's rearing is to pull her off balance and kinda egnoring it and ask her to go forward. Am I setting myself up for failling? I hope not. This is also the most hard Maggie has ever worked in her life, and I have only worked with her like 6 or so times. I am thinking that she will learn quickly that she is wasting energy rearing. Thoughts?? THANKS!!!! :)
I think that is the exact same thing I would do in that situation. If the horse wont go to the left than make him work 12 times harder until they figure out it is a lot easier to just give up and go to the left than fight with you.