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        01-26-2010, 01:53 AM
      #11
    Yearling
    Well I suppose if you are left handed... I would use my strongest hand/arm.
         
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        01-26-2010, 02:01 AM
      #12
    Started
    I am left handed...I guess that's why I was thinking left side. I do want to do it how its supposed to be done, though. If it doesn't matter, well I am left handed. If it is important, then I can learn with my right...it wouldn't be the first situation us lefties have had to adjust to
         
        01-26-2010, 02:03 AM
      #13
    Yearling
    Okay then it doesn't matter.
         
        01-26-2010, 02:06 AM
      #14
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by sandy2u1    
    I am left handed...I guess that's why I was thinking left side. I do want to do it how its supposed to be done, though. If it doesn't matter, well I am left handed. If it is important, then I can learn with my right...it wouldn't be the first situation us lefties have had to adjust to
    It does matter but the reasoning is probably not applicable to you if your not going to be roping anything so you could use your left hand if you needed to.
         
        01-26-2010, 02:11 AM
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    Lacyloo I wasn't trying to be disrespectful. Just the opposite. I appreciate your help. It was really more of a question than a statement. I want to teach my horse the right way to do things if I can. If it is acceptable to drag stuff on either side of the saddle, then you are right, I'm better off from the left. I was just saying if there is some reason that it is better for the horse to do it on the right then that's what I will do. Sorry if my response didn't come out right. I appreciate any advice and suggestions!
         
        01-26-2010, 02:20 AM
      #16
    Yearling
    I didn't mean for my post to come off as being a snot.
         
        01-26-2010, 02:22 AM
      #17
    Started
    I don't think I NEED to use my left hand. My right may be slightly weaker, but not by much. I want to teach my horse as it should be taught. Taking that into consideration, I'm going to teach my horse to do it on both sides. After all, aren't you supposed to train both sides of your horse. Besides, I'm still doing a lot of learning with my horse, I don't know what I will be trying with him or teaching him in the future.
         
        01-26-2010, 02:24 AM
      #18
    Started
    Lol lacyloo, I thought you were thinking I was being snotty....Just a misunderstanding between us....hugsssss
         
        01-26-2010, 02:30 AM
      #19
    Yearling
    Hehe hugs.

    Desensitize them to branches touching their bodies, the sound and standing still while you are tyeing up the branch behind them.

    I do alot of groundwork with my greenies before breaking so I don't expect them to act up to something like dragging things.
         
        01-26-2010, 02:48 AM
      #20
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    Eh that's a good suggestion too. I probably need to get him used to the sound of people dragging logs out of the woods too. My horse is actually kind of spooky. The first year I had him I couldn't really do anything at all with him without risking a blowup. Even taking him out in the yard to graze he would get crazy and bolt on me. I ended up hiring a trainer for a month and she taught me how to gain his confidence and really do something with him. I know it seems strange to get a horse like that to learn to accept those noises and all, but since the trainer taught me, he has walked up to and smelled a lot of those horse eating rocks and tractors . I think he will be fine....I just have to train him right....and thanks to all of you, I think I can.
         

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