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    08-18-2012, 01:08 PM
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Yearling
Teaching the Spanish walk

To the point, i'm teaching Annie the spanish walk. So far, we've got big pretty steps, as long as she's standing in one spot. When it comes to trying to walk, she gets fast, and frustrated and starts doing a little dance number more like a paso than anything. I think its the anticipation of her favorite peppermint and the annoyance at being told to be slow and exaggerated making her speed up and stomp about. Anyway, my question is, how do I slow her down mentally enough to get her to focus on what I want, and not the asking or the reward?

As for the method we're using, I tap her heel with a dressage whip and make a "donk" noise to associate to the action. She has begun executing the action simply with the "donk" for a cue, and only gets a treat every couple of times. The problem is when we try to incorporate forward motion with he exaggerated steps.

I was thinking maybe a visual cue, like lifting my own leg when I ask her to lift hers, and then start moving as if i"m doing the walk too? I saw this in a video, and it worked for the girl who made it, but i'm not sure it would work with anne. Any suggestions?
     
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    08-18-2012, 05:14 PM
  #2
Yearling
The cue I use is tapping the horse on the elbow with a dressage whip, so it's easier to translate it tapping the horse's elbows with your toes when you're riding. I used pretty much standard operant conditioning the "shape" the behaviour I wanted. First, I tapped the horse's elbows with the whip and when she moved her leg, I rewarded. I may have looped a soft lead rope around her pastern and pulled the leg forward, but this was so long ago that I really don't remember. Anyway, when the horse figured out that I wanted her to move her leg, I started only giving treats when she held the leg up. Then I was able to get her to strike out with the front leg. Once we had a reliable strike out, I asked her to move forward.

I have no idea if this is the "correct" way to train this, but hey ho.
     
    08-18-2012, 07:30 PM
  #3
Foal
The steps I use to learn a horse the Spanish walk are:

Jambette (lift a front leg up, standing still)

Polka. I start the polka with jambette left, jambette right, a few steps forward, stop and jambette left, jambette right. Then ask for a jambette during the walk.

When the polka goes smooth you can leave the normal steps out and ask left leg, right leg during going forward.

After the horse knows what is expected, then you can ask this from the saddle.

Best to begin on exact the same spot in the arena as you asked it from the ground.

Horses learn through associating. If you ask the same excercise in the same spot every time it goes faster. When the exercise is established in one spot, take it to another place. But realise that the horse might be a bit puzzled at first.
     
    08-20-2012, 10:47 AM
  #4
Yearling
We've got the striking motion and the polka in place down completely. The problem begins with the forward motion. She begins to do a little dance in front, then stretch all the way out instead of bringing her back feet forward to "walk". She also gets extremely excited and does a little dance with her front end, and though she moves forward, its rushed and uncoordinated. I needs tips on slowing her down at this step in the process. We have a great striking motion, plenty of lift, just no calm forward motion. If anybody has tips for THAT, i'd appreciate it.
     
    08-20-2012, 10:51 AM
  #5
Green Broke
I would say time, patience and practice. This isn't something that comes natural to them. Maybe apply a little poll pressure or encourage her forward with a lunge whip. If she takes a step praise and keep building on that.
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    08-20-2012, 12:43 PM
  #6
Foal
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we've got the striking motion and the polka in place down completely. The problem begins with the forward motion. She begins to do a little dance in front, then stretch all the way out instead of bringing her back feet forward to "walk". She also gets extremely excited and does a little dance with her front end, and though she moves forward, its rushed and uncoordinated. I needs tips on slowing her down at this step in the process. We have a great striking motion, plenty of lift, just no calm forward motion. If anybody has tips for THAT, i'd appreciate it.
The Spanish walk is a movemnet stallions make when they are very exited and want to impress. Striking with a voorleg is also a 'fighting' movement in nature.

When you learn the Sapnish walk, you get the exitement 'for free'. A horse cannot help that. It's the same thing that when you teach your horse to lower its head, it calmes him down.

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and though she moves forward, its rushed and uncoordinated.
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Break the wanted behaviour into baby steps and keep practising.

So she moves forward. That is the first step. That is what you want her to do, right? Reward the slightest try.

So concentrate on this to reward her. After a few times you only reward the better tries. Is is a little hard to give training advise without seen you. Maybe you can post a short clip of your training?

I use a bridge signal to teach my horse that she is doing all right/thinking in the right direction (clicker training). That helps to capture the wanted behaviour. But if you are not experienced in clicker training I would not recommand you to start this with this particulair exercise. ;)
     
    08-20-2012, 01:40 PM
  #7
Yearling
I"ll try to get a clip up soon, thank you both for the help :) i've never tried clicker training, but I have associated the striking motion with a kind of "pop" noise I can make. I was leaning towards perfecting the reaction to the "pop" in hopes that would help with the forward part? Is that kinda like the clicker training?
     
    08-20-2012, 02:17 PM
  #8
Foal
Let your horse make a positive association with the pop sound first. Try to give her a reward 1 second after you make the sound. Repeat several times, and voila: you have your bridge signal. Keep rewarding the pop sound, though.

Bridge means :wait there is a treat coming your way. Since you have to reward within 3 secs, you use a bridge. Because it is mostly impossible to give the reward within 3 secs. The sound just means THIS was what I wanted you to do.
     
    08-20-2012, 03:24 PM
  #9
Yearling
Awesome, thanks :)
     

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