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post #11 of 12 Old 10-19-2010, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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The most important part is you want to use your time efficiently. If my horse does what I ask of him and is showing progress, I may only work him 30 minutes or so. I normally don't "train" longer than an hour but I will go out on the trails and do trot sets and condition. Don't try and cram everything into one session. You want to keep your horses mind fresh and not let her get bored.
OKay don't let her get bored, check.
I would ride her after a training time but she is SO not ready to be ridden yet.
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post #12 of 12 Old 10-20-2010, 02:16 AM
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I'm luunging her for about 25 minutes then giving her a teart if she did good.
If your intention in giving her the treat is to reward & reinforce her 'good' behaviour, you need to do it *at the time of* that good behaviour, or within a couple of seconds at very worst, of her stopping it. Rewarding her when you're finished, will reinforce only whatever she's doing then - eg. Quitting & coming to you, hopefully not rudely.

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Letting me touch her without flipping out on me. She pretty much a green horse, she hates lunging.
I would personally be working to desensitise her & get her comfortable & confident with you before asking her to do stuff like lunging. Especially if she's not confident yet with your touch and especially if you're lunging her for exercise - eg. Endless circles without reinforcement, it would be unusual if she didn't hate lunging. Everyone's different & you may not mind that she hates it, but I personally don't like lunging for exercise much for this reason. I feel the horse's attitude towards me & the 'work' I want them to do is very important & I want them to enjoy & want to do what I ask. Therefore I tend to use lunging exercises to teach & reinforce lessons they've already learned well up close, so they learn to do it at a distance. I wouldn't ask them to do it for long periods until they were quite accomplished & willing to do it for lesser times.
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