Tips on calming down a spirited horse???? - Page 3

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Tips on calming down a spirited horse????

This is a discussion on Tips on calming down a spirited horse???? within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category

Like Tree15Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools
    02-16-2014, 11:18 AM
I work with former racehorses and transitioning them into 2nd careers, most TBs and STBs are not taught to stand still and moving off as soon as weight is felt either in the saddle or in the cart. Teaching them to stand is one of my first goals so I'll throw out what I do and see if that helps.

I teach the "STAND" command on the ground first. I hand walk, whoa them back (I do all voice commands as I do work with more STBs than TBs and driving is my passion) and say "stand" and ask them to stand for a few seconds, I praise and give the "walk on" command. I work for a few days on this until I can get them to stand quietly for at least 30 seconds.

Once I start mounted or driving work I have a 2nd person there to help. We start with them standing in front of the horse and I use a mounting block, and I sit down and I'm giving the "stand" command while my helper helps to reinforce that command. I literally sit, let them stand for at least 2 seconds, dismount and praise. I will do this for another 5 times or so trying to have a 5 second goal of standing before walking off. I do eventually wean them off of a helper but I would rather take my time and safely teach this important step.
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
I'm having a tough time with my spirited mare & dressage iDressage Horse Riding 5 01-24-2014 06:38 AM
Looking for a Safe but Spirited Trail Horse BlueSpark Horses for Sale 5 07-17-2013 07:34 PM
Is it normal for a gelding to be so spirited? horsecrazygirl13 Horse Talk 14 02-23-2013 06:54 PM
How do I train spoky and spirited horses without a round pen??? Horselvr98 Horse Training 6 01-01-2013 09:42 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:03 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0