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        04-23-2010, 01:14 AM
      #11
    Trained
    Uh, you should have started with the bag on the whip, and walked away with it, before you ever touched her with it... it's much easier for a horse to become used to an object if he can 'follow it', it's less overwhelming, and sparks their curiosity with it.

    Although, You WERE on the right track when you had been allowing her to simply circle around you while swinging the bag up and down; if you had continued that, and stopped as soon as she had stopped and been still for atleast 5 seconds, she would have 'gotten' what you were trying to get across. Then you could have changed directions and done the same thing. You just have to be patiently persistant, and most importantly don't go out unless you have a decent time frame to work with, because if you quit before she is relaxed with what you are trying to accomplish.
         
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        04-23-2010, 02:11 AM
      #12
    Foal
    I think that all horses should be kept in a very strict way to make them respect its owner, even though it requires to scare it with a plastic bag once in a while.

    Best of love,
    Horselover19
         
        04-23-2010, 11:06 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by horselover19    
    I think that all horses should be kept in a very strict way to make them respect its owner, even though it requires to scare it with a plastic bag once in a while.

    Best of love,
    Horselover19
    This frightens me.....................
         
        04-25-2010, 12:17 AM
      #14
    Yearling
    My mare would be fine with the plastic bag on the ground but in the saddle would still be freaked out... So I tied a shavings bag to my stirrup iron (while it was hanging down. They were also the very light composite irons) and lunged her.. It would occasionally tickle her flank and she would buck and bolt... Her "release" was figuring out she could walk around with the bag instead of running. She was responsible for her own release and reward. I think it worked out well!
         
        04-26-2010, 12:35 PM
      #15
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by starlinestables    
    My mare would be fine with the plastic bag on the ground but in the saddle would still be freaked out... So I tied a shavings bag to my stirrup iron (while it was hanging down. They were also the very light composite irons) and lunged her.. It would occasionally tickle her flank and she would buck and bolt... Her "release" was figuring out she could walk around with the bag instead of running. She was responsible for her own release and reward. I think it worked out well!
    lol that's what I was trying to explain! This way she figures out that just because she stands still doesn't mean it goes away.
         

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