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post #1 of 5 Old 12-10-2008, 04:44 AM Thread Starter
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what training methode would you recomend

I'm going to train flower (1 year old shetland pony) myself.
She arrived a several days ago at the house, she is doing really well, i think she is halter trained, i had no problems putting it on .

I have tried to give her suger, peppermint and apple and she is not intersted in any of it, how could i reward her otherwise??
i looked at the clicker training and they give a treat at the start when they do something good.

What type of training would you guys recomend.

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post #2 of 5 Old 12-10-2008, 10:00 AM
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I recommend good old fashioned common sense horse training.

Treats are not going to train a horse.


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post #3 of 5 Old 12-10-2008, 10:47 AM
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Don't worry about treats.
Reward her by either giving her a break from working (not that I think you would be working her when she is 1)
Reward her by petting her and praising her.

You can look into various trainers to get some ideas, but a lot of information is take it or leave it. You have to formulate your own opinions.

You are right about clicker training using treats. Eventually though, the treats get taken away. Clicker training is definitely useful, but just good old reward and punishment works for me. Make the right thing easy and the wrong thing hard. Horses want to do things the easy way.

Also, she lets you put the halter on but will she lead quietly beside you?
Babies tend to get pushy. Don't let her stand on top of you or push you around.
Does she let you touch her feet and pick them up?

Just working with her a little bit at a time everyday helps. Pet her and praise her when she does the wrong thing. Correct her when she does the wrong thing. (ex: if she walks into your space back her out of it. Tell her no).

She's only a yearling though so just do things in like 5-10 minute increments. They get brain fried easily.

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post #4 of 5 Old 12-10-2008, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by GottaRide View Post
I recommend good old fashioned common sense horse training.

Treats are not going to train a horse.

Could not agree more!!!

I dont like giving treats for training since it could lead to problems down the rode (pushy, being nippy, etc). Giving praise through a good brushing, petting, is the best thing you could do.

Has she been tied much? Maybe start to expose her to clipping and baths (when it gets warmer out)

good luck!!!

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post #5 of 5 Old 12-10-2008, 02:04 PM
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Lots of common sense and no treats.
Give preassure, release preassuee as soon as she does it right but not sooner. (examle: lift a leg: hold onto the leg and pull lightly. Keep the hold unill she lifts it, even if she just lifts it to put it down immediatly again. Let go immediatly. Praise and pet.)
That works for all training.

Treats does in the best case lead to nothing, in the worst case you get a horse that tries to kill you as soon as you're within range without treats, and is impossible to handle with treats. Normally you just end up with a pushy, nippy horse.

Treats can be used to teach tricks, but timing is so extremely important and a split second too late or early can cause trouble. So avoid treats completely at least untill she's broken under saddle and you have a really good relationship already. Definetly don't get such a young horse used to treats.

Always keep your head up, but be careful to keep your nose at a friendly level.

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