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    10-12-2010, 06:55 PM
Sacking Out

I read this in a lot of different training threads, and am wondering what method everyone uses to sack their young horses out? I was flapping my jacket around last night, along with tossing a leadrope on and all around him, plus I had out a couple plastic bags on stick. I also gave him lots of firm smacking pats all over his body, mostly until he stopped being flinchy and jumpy...

What methods/tools do you use?
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    10-12-2010, 08:27 PM
I use tarps, bridges to walk over, feed bags with cans in them (i tie them to the saddle or sursingle and lunge them), basically anything that might scare them.
    10-12-2010, 09:33 PM
You can use a lot of stuff for sacking horses out. The more exposure to things they get, the more calmer the horse will be and start using the thinking side of their brain. I like to use a shavings bag with one end of it twisted up so you can hold it. Wave it all around them and when they're comfortable with it, you can start using it on them. Same basic thing you're using but holding it in my hand. :)
    10-13-2010, 11:03 AM
Dont forget things that you would find on a trail ride, like walking past tires, poles, mail boxes, things like that.
    10-13-2010, 11:32 AM
These are all awesome guys! I'll definitely be working on all of these that I can! I had my jacket flapping and bumping and smacking (lightly) him all over last night, and he was pretty chill about it. He didn't care for me putting the hood over his ears, but only just tried to move out of the way - didn't jerk or snap his head high. I even laid it over his back and walked him around. He looked back once to see what it was, and then seemed to shrug his shoulders and walk on. I'm pretty pleased with how calm he is, especially considering he's just two days off the pasture (he was on for at least 5 months...). Here's hoping that lucky streak continues!
    10-13-2010, 11:34 AM
All of the above plus everything else
I just discovered our fillies freak a bit when you're in the saddle and open a bottle of pop. I remember tearing velcro and the sound of a plastic bottle being squeezed would startle Vida till she got used to it.
    10-13-2010, 11:42 AM
I don't. I just ride. And ride and ride.

We do some ranch horse versatility so we just set up courses - and ride.
    10-13-2010, 11:44 AM
Originally Posted by Vidaloco    
All of the above plus everything else
I just discovered our fillies freak a bit when you're in the saddle and open a bottle of pop. I remember tearing velcro and the sound of a plastic bottle being squeezed would startle Vida till she got used to it.
Personally I HATE the noise when people play with plastic bottles (tap pens, sniff instead of blowing their nose, etc).

But all of our horses are 'beer broke'.
    10-13-2010, 12:52 PM
My favorite is a blue or odd bright color tarp. I have a cheap blue plastic (they are thin so they make alot of noise and the blue is a different color from the ground for them to walk over)5 X 8 or 6 X 8 (not sure) from TSC. I use it for him to walk over, drag it beside me while leading, drag while riding, start covering his back and then pull over his head. He's great until it gets to where he can't see anything, then he starts to back up and it pulls off in front of him, tie it around his neck and lead him.
    10-13-2010, 01:20 PM
I like the tarp thing. We walked past one yesterday that was rolled up and against the building. He wasn't too keen on that. After a minor freak out and pulling back a pace, we took a breath, and tried again. He still had the snorts over it, but he was much better. We tried one last time, and he just gave it the evil eye and carried on. He's a goof, so far as I can tell! :)

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