I guess I just do not understand horses Solon. This is why I purchase only problem children who have been to many trainers with no such luck.
I didn't say horses cannot learn to understand voice commands. If you got that, you've totally misunderstood.
I also never said rewarding doesn't work. The horse who comes to me and follows gets plenty of pats and praise.
If you'll notice she's tried the whip/tap way and said it has not worked well. I offered an alternative way that no one has suggested and that works far better IMO than some clapping behind the horse. The horse KNOWS it is being asked to walk forward, clearly, so unless someone is clapping she'll plod along unless something is addressed in her language.
If you and I walked up to a herd of wild mustangs and you said "WHOA" to a running horse while I stepped out in front of another running horse with my hand in the air quietly, mine would slow and turn, yours would keep on-a-runnin!
But what do I know :)
Last edited by New_image; 09-03-2010 at 12:05 AM.