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post #11 of 16 Old 12-15-2011, 11:43 AM
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I'm not able to watch your video, but wanted to comment. When I worked at a dude ranch in SD we had a belgian gelding who is a bronc for college rodeo, but he was one of the best horses on the string. We used him for the young kids to ride, as long as we didn't use a back cinch he does wonderfully!

Best of luck to you and your project!!!
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post #12 of 16 Old 12-15-2011, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Here I'm working on some basic halter breaking via circle driving. This exercise works on several things at once. By teaching the horse to create a circle around me I'm working on getting control of his feet and teaching him to follow the suggestions of my body and reins (lead rope). When I throw the rope up over his back I'm creating some additional mental pressure to see how he deals with it. He'll learn the difference between when I'm using the rope to get him to move, when he should disregard it while moving, and when he should disregard it while standing still. The way he learns to differentiate is by tuning into my feel, or in other words my intention as communicated through my body language. In a larger sense what I'm teaching him here is to tune into me and gradually disregard all other distractions.

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post #13 of 16 Old 12-15-2011, 12:48 PM
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I couldn't watch your other videos for some reason...slow internet and computer. But I got to watch this last video.

Good Job! He looks like he wants to be soft and pay attention!
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I couldn't watch your other videos for some reason...slow internet and computer. But I got to watch this last video.

Good Job! He looks like he wants to be soft and pay attention!
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Thanks. Yeah, he's getting there. There's still quite a bit of uncertainty in him which you can see whenever he starts or stops in a rushed or sudden way. That just tells me that there are still a lot of little places where he gets afraid or defensive and still need to be worked out. The plan is to use him for packing for the most part and do these short teaching sessions until all that stuff goes away. I'm hoping to use him in my string next season, if the both of us can get up to speed by then.
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post #15 of 16 Old 12-15-2011, 11:26 PM
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I think you are doing a great job...keep on keeping on; slow and steady is just fine in my humble opinion, especially if you know you have all the time in the world.

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
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post #16 of 16 Old 12-15-2011, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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I appreciate the commments! Last one from this session. This is just a compilation of some other stuff we did. Changing eyes, driving loose, hooking on, a little bit of lateral flexion and picking me up from the fence.

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