turning bad habits into something good
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

turning bad habits into something good

This is a discussion on turning bad habits into something good within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        09-05-2010, 03:05 PM
      #1
    Foal
    turning bad habits into something good

    I keep 3 or 4 horses at a time in my barn. Some of them show up with the habit of pawing or banging their door to get my attention. I hang a bell where they can reach it. The horse is behaving in this manner to get attention. They prefer positive attention but if they can't get that they will go try for negative attention. Banging and pawing bothers me and is a negative trait. Ringing the bell is a cool trick. I always praise the horse for ringing the bell. Anyone who comes to my barn is enchanted with the idea of a bell ringing horse and rushes over to praise and pet the horse. This makes more of my interaction with my horses positive. It puts things on the right foot for riding and training. I am not irritated and the horse got my attention like he or she wanted.I'm not sure it would work in a very large barn if all of the horses had them but maybe.
    Just make sure the bell is securely fastened on a short piece of baling twine or other solid tie and pick a robust bell like a cow or goat bell. Some horses like it more than others. The more mishievious the horse the more likely they will take to the bell
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        09-05-2010, 03:40 PM
      #2
    Weanling
    I like that! Very creative and thoughtful of you.
         
        09-05-2010, 05:13 PM
      #3
    Foal
    I just wish I had thought of it years earilier.
    I wanted to add that you must play with the horse for a few minutes so they know they can make the noise with it
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        09-05-2010, 05:18 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    I don't know. To me, the constant bell ringing would get down right annoying. Like I'm a bell hop.
         
        09-05-2010, 05:19 PM
      #5
    Foal
    I just wish I had thought of it years earilier.
    I wanted to add that you must play with the horse for a few minutes so they know they can make the noise with it
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        09-05-2010, 05:22 PM
      #6
    Green Broke
    I read that.
         
        09-05-2010, 05:29 PM
      #7
    Foal
    And it won't let me edit it off! Weird.
    Personally being a person who likes bells better than stall kicking I think it is cute. You just find ones that are pleasing to you. The horses don't seem to rinf them all of the time anyway. They just do it when they feel extra needy. I have one off the race TB who seems really somehow satisfied with his bell. He's calmer now.
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        09-05-2010, 05:31 PM
      #8
    Green Broke
    We just ignore it and the horse eventually gives up trying. Luckily my boy never developed that habit.
         
        09-05-2010, 05:34 PM
      #9
    Foal
    Well when you have enough horses to train you find that some need more stimulation than others. One size fits all does not work for horses anymore than it does for people. I'm happy you have a perfect horse
    Posted via Mobile Device
         
        09-05-2010, 05:38 PM
      #10
    Green Broke
    I like the idea, but I like the idea of correcting the behavior better. No offense, but I what happens if you take your horse to a over night show and they don't have a bell? Or you sell the horse? They have no bell, just a door to paw at.
         

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

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

    Log-in

    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
    Training out of Habits? On The Bright Side Horse Training 19 08-15-2010 04:40 PM
    Breaking bad habits JMADDOX Horse Training 6 04-15-2009 08:47 PM
    Bad Habits Small_Town_Girl Horse Training 27 03-09-2008 03:14 PM
    Nasty habits??? DutchHorse Horse Talk 3 09-26-2007 08:27 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:41 PM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0