Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Regarding the 'arresting' thing.... the problem with that method is that horses don't have the cognitive ability that humans do. You can explain to a human "you're being arrested because you did X, and that was wrong." You cannot explain that to a horse. I employ a 3-second rule with horses; if they do something wrong, I have 3 seconds to react, and if I can't react quick enough, I move on as if nothing happened.
Horses cannot think beyond "I did X and got Y reaction" and it's all in a very very short period of time. Your horse was allowed to roll, then got up and was punished - to your horse, the punishment was for standing up, NOT for rolling.
The bottom line is that you taught your horse that it was OK to roll while you were on her.
By ALLOWING the horse to roll (i.e. if you DIDN'T get after the horse AS it was going down or as SOON as it was down) you taught her that it was OK to roll. Period.
The best way to deal with a horse that's going to roll? Don't let it. As soon as you feel the horse start to 'set up' (sniffing, pawing, getting front and hind legs together) you get after it. If the horse is sneaky and DOES get down on the ground , you don't just stand there, you get after the horse.
Does that make sense?
I will NEVER allow a horse to roll undersaddle (figuratively speaking. If the horse is working, it is NOT allowed to roll - doesn't matter if the horse is on a lunge line with just a halter, or being ridden bareback, or being ridden with a saddle.
I DO let Denny roll after most workouts. I take the saddle/surcingle/whatever else off, lead him to a spot, take his halter or bridle off, and say "ok, you can roll" and THAT is the only time he's allowed to roll while 'in work' with me.
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Last edited by JustDressageIt; 03-04-2010 at 09:14 PM.