Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
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"Touch" sensitive but not "pressure" sensitive?
Ronan is a very strange horse, in more ways than one... but one of the very odd things I've found out about him is that he's "touch" sensitive but not "pressure" sensitive. He's very reactive to light touches; I.e. He hates flies (HATES. I had to dump a gallon of fly spray on him and keep a fly sheet on in the summer or he'd be miserable - he didn't have a singly bot egg anywhere... woohoo!), he dislikes me just resting my reins on his neck and twitches to that sensation. His skin is very sensitive - during shedding season, he gets rub marks where my heels touch him.
However, when it comes to leg pressure, he is a dead-sided. Granted he's a very cool horse as is, quite lazy, doesn't spook... but he's dead-sided. I have big spurs ("soft touch" rollers) and carry a whip - but it still takes a LOT of "go!" aids to get him to listen. I'm using the "ask, tell, demand" method but it has little effect.
Has anyone else encountered a horse that is like this? What methods worked to get them more "up" in your "go" aids (seat, leg)?
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