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post #1 of 6 Old 07-26-2010, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Spanish walk

Would anybody be willing to share how to teach a horse to do a Spanish Walk? Please and thank you!

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-26-2010, 06:39 PM
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Please note this is by NO MEANS my advice or anything, just something I found on Google.
How to Teach a Horse to Spanish Walk | eHow.com

Let's hope some experienced riders reply though to this thread as I am curious about this topic too :)
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post #3 of 6 Old 07-26-2010, 06:45 PM
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I don't know everything about training the horse to do a spanish walk, but I will give a word of warning. I leased a horse that had been trained to do it and he would sometimes use it as a bit of an evasion whenever we asked for him to move his shoulders. Basically "I don't know what you want me to do, but maybe you'll be happy if I do a spanish walk for you".

So, while it's cool, it might get old if your horse does it all the time when you're trying to get him to do something else. It may also just be a matter of making sure your cues are very specific.

((Lol, just saw a warning at the bottom of the eHow page that the horses usually like it once they learn it. Definitely true for the horse I leased!))

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post #4 of 6 Old 07-27-2010, 04:33 AM
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Basically "I don't know what you want me to do, but maybe you'll be happy if I do a spanish walk for you".
This happens from time to time to Calin, a gelding at our shelter. Except he's bowing instead of Spanish walk.

I guess they remember the big praise and when confused, they resort to the trick that seemed to please you most?
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post #5 of 6 Old 07-27-2010, 05:37 AM
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when I taught my horse spanish walk I used a light schooling whip and gently tapped her leg behind her knee and clicked. if you keep tapping they'l eventually lift up and then you praise A LOT (i also used treats :S). Anyway, repeat every day on both legs and eventually when you point with the whip they will lift their leg and then you just walk them one step and point stick then one step and point at other leg and they will slowly get better. Thats what I did and it worked really well :)

Only problem was for any treats she immediately did it.. So you had to be careful you didnt stand in front of her whilst eating or something :P
Like Eolith said... Most horses seem to like it :)
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post #6 of 6 Old 07-27-2010, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

Spent a whole hour today laying in a pasture, waiting for a sparkling vampire to show up. Alas, I woke up and looked over, only to find a mound of horse crap. Sigh.
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