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post #1 of 5 Old 11-28-2009, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Sacking Out - Different opinions?

I am just curious as to everyones opinions and approaches(SP) to sacking out a 3yr old? Do you think there is an incorrect place to start? (for example should a horse be taught to lead before tieing?) and when do YOU know it's time to stop? how long do you work with the horse for? How do you determine it's time to take a step back? It just occured to me (well before today but I'm actually asking around now) that some people really do have very different opinions or ideas/methods that work wonders for them lol. Thnx for any and all responses!

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I would think that you would teach leading before are you going to get to the place to tie if you haven't lead the horse there? The cue to look for body language wise that would mean "stop" is when you're horse physically moves away form whatever you're exposing them to, even if its just a step. You can work with the horse until it tells you that its too much. Other than that I don't think theres a wrong way to do it, apart from forcing a horse to accept more than it can cope with in one session.
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When I expose my horse to something it spooks at I start far away and move closer untill the horse moves away or becames a little troubled then I keep it there untill the horse is relaxed or has stood for a few seconds. You certainly don't want to remove the stimulus when the horse moves away as this will teach the horse that the thing will go away if they move. This is a common mistake that inexperienced people make with thier horses.

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Depends - What do you mean by sacking out?

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I think I understand what you are asking. I guess the correct question to ask is how much handling has the 3 yr old already had? Are we talking wild, never been handled, never had a rope over its head? Or has it had some handling, worn a halter, had some experience with people?

If it was the former, well you are starting from the very beginning, leading and tying are the least of your worries - getting a rope around it's neck first would be favourite! If it is the latter then I would be working off the assumption that the horse has learnt to yield to pressure on some level ie has fought a rope and lost at some point earlier on so would be ready to begin leading and then tying.
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