12-25-2010, 10:05 PM
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I have to agree with the others...good job on the desensitization, but as far as the other exercises, I fail to see what your actual goal in mind was; especially with a pushy horse you want to make your cues to move out and away from you VERY clear...I saw no change in body position from when you were desensitizing, to when you were sensitizing him to pressure, your lead was way too short to allow him the room to move out of your space, and you pulled him around rather than asking him to move away from you.
As for the horse, he definitely doesn't seem afraid of your tools...a very good thing. However, he DOES NOT want to move his feet...when I am working with a horse, and I ask him to move his feet, be it forwards, backwards, left or right, I want ENERGY!!! You may need to get more energy behind your own cues, and incorporate a stick to bring out more motivation on his part...when he responds well and with energy then get rid of some of the other tools you have to use.
Ex. My mare didn't know how to lunge when I got her, so I had to use alot more 'firm' body language, really exxagerate my 'send' hand, and use my stick to first tap her shoulder out on to the circle, and then flip the string on the stick at her tail to get her to move foward on the circle. Now All I have to do is point my hand in the direction I want her to go and she goes, but it takes more pressure initially sometimes to get to that point where they will listen to the subtle cues. And always start "light/ask" and progress to "demand"; starting with lifting and pointing in the direction you want him to go, and ending with having to use the stick to direct his movement.