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        03-12-2013, 04:42 PM
    Today was fun. I took them to the other round pen that is in the middle of the facility. Kids camp going on, weed eater, dogs, lawn mower.....the works and they did very well.

    Samantha is coming along quickly. She has learned that spooking is simply not worth the intense ground work that follows it. She may flick her ears now and then but she has stopped spooking all together. She will start wearing long-lining tack tomorrow, long line training and hopefully next week she will be out of the round pen and long-lining over the obstacle course.

    Sam is a different story. He's a slow work in progress. He lacks respect. He will cooperate until he gets scared and then he does what he wants to do. He's making progress slowly. He will start wearing the tack tomorrow as well but he will not progress out of the round pen quite as quickly. He's still quite spooky but at least he spooks in place now, instead of running off like his tails on fire. I'm hopeful for him because he does take steps forward. With respect will come trust.

    Its my experience, that Arabians learn slowly at first due to their extreme self preservation instinct. They take off later and start learning more and more quickly as time goes on and they learn to use that self preservation as a riding horse and aim to please and preserve their person as well, not just themselves. These two appear to be textbook right now...Sam just a little behind.
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        03-12-2013, 05:17 PM
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    Subbed and very interested in following along with this one..Thank you for doing this thread.
        03-12-2013, 05:27 PM
    Thanks for the updates! Looking forward to hearing how the tack version of long lining works out.
        03-13-2013, 06:04 PM
    A busy day at the barn again...decided to stay on the other side of the facility so I could have a little peace. There's only so many times I can say "No. You can't ride him". Kids are cool in doses.

    So Samantha was sporting her driving tack today, didn't do much with it, just got her ok with the long lines flopping on her, some flexing etc. Nothing exciting. We did our regular ground work to focus her first. She did walk up to me to catch her today, which was pretty awesome. It usually takes me a few minutes to catch her.

    Sam got the tarp to reiterate "you will not shy.". He did really well once he figured out it was a whole lot easier to walk nicely over the tarp than to side pass on the ground and turn in circles on a short lead. I got a cute pic of him standing with all 4 feet on the tarp while it flapped in the wind. I'm considering laying him down. He is just not settling like I want him to. This is not a baby that doesn't know better, this is an animal that has learned he does not have to be respectful unless he feels like it. I'm going to give him another week and if I don't get better results from him - down he goes.
        03-13-2013, 07:18 PM
    That sounds like an interesting tactic. Could you elaborate on it please? How does it work with horse psychology? I am curious :) thank you!
        03-13-2013, 07:54 PM
    Sam is a horse that chooses to spook to get out of doing something that may not be what he wants to do. He'd rather act like a big baby than try. So, I ask him nicely to step on the tarp. No pressure on his halter, just a suggestion to move forward. If he side steps, shies or refuses to move forward, he has to move his hips around, side pass, back etc, hard ground work at a fast pace so he decides it's much easier, and more pleasant to do as he's asked and give the tarp a chance to eat him without a fuss.

    I may lay him down simply because he still lacks respect. When the horse is laid down he learns that I can put him on the ground, first of all. When you lay him down it's important to sit with him and pat him and talk to him for a substantial length of time so he knows that he's safe. So not only are you showing him that you have control of him, and you can put him in the most vulnerable position possible for a prey animal, but you are showing him that it's okay for him to be helpless, he's safe. It's an extreme move, and I very rarely do it. In Sam's case, I believe he has so many layers of questionable training, it may help him have an 'absolute'.
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        03-13-2013, 10:17 PM
    Well that makes sense to me!
        03-14-2013, 01:41 PM
    AAAAAARGH! The Texas wind was not my friend today. Driving lines flying everywhere was pretty counter productive. Changed the plan, Samantha met the tarp and she did a fantastic job.

    I love how she's learning. She approached the tarp, stopped, considered running off, reconsidered, thought of a plan and crossed the tarp. So proud of her.
    Sam...well he's a different story. He will do the tarp but he has to be led with a lead rope still. Samantha will go on her own at liberty in the round pen.

    Oh well, bad ground driving day is a perfect tarp day. I'm going to paint fangs and a big bloody mouth on it. :)
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        03-14-2013, 02:49 PM
    Sounds like things are moving forward and that you have a solid plan. Thanks for keeping us updated and don't forget to put scary eyebrows on your tarp monster instead of concerned ones
        03-14-2013, 02:51 PM
    Originally Posted by Farmchic    
    Sounds like things are moving forward and that you have a solid plan. Thanks for keeping us updated and don't forget to put scary eyebrows on your tarp monster instead of concerned ones
    LOL I know right?! I think my tarp monster will be a girl with goth eye shadow :)
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