Thanks for the compliments guys!! =)
As far as getting responsiveness from them, I just do lots and lots and oodles upon oodles of ground work. It's not always "work" though.. a lot of Dreamers training came through bringing him in and out of turn out, and walking him around to graze. I will walk then stop, if they buldge through me (or in most cases, if they don't stop with me), i'll pull them back to where they need to be (example, if he walks two steps past me, i'll pull him back two steps). With this, and similar excersizes, they finally understand where they need to be in relation to the handler.. and the fun stuff follows.
Out of the 5 horses I have here with me, 3 of them are this responsive (Dreamer, Rain, and Joey). Joey and Rain take a much more subtle cue to pick up the trot (just a little pop in the shoulder) but Dreamer does the inner follow through the best. I'm still working on getting him to move off of me, which is a lot harder for him because he REALLY wants to be close to me. But, he needs to know that I want my 1 1/2 feet of space =) Right now he'll move away from me when I get about 2 inches away from him. Its a start, but not where I want him =)
I want to get a little video training diary going with Charity to show her progress. I keep kicking myself for not having any video of Dreamer. When I got him he was SO feral. Hated people, hid behind other horses, etc. I can't believe its the same horse!
Consistency, Patience, and Time... 3 things that can make a horse awesome!
I wanted to add, the clicking is my camera auto focusing. I was silent throughout the entire video. My husband said that someone might think it was me giving a cue.
Im really glad you two got a kick out of it =) I sometimes find a good Horsemanship video MUCH more interesting than an awesome Jumper, or cool Barrel Run, etc. Riding is awesome and LOTS of fun, but there is something so very rewarding about ground work. Who says ground work can't be fun or rewarding? :p
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Oh! And by the way.. the aggressively loving head rubbing I gave him at the end of the video was my cue to my husband to stop the video, so I didn't have to speak, lol! After re-watching the video, I figured i'd mention that. I have my husband trained too I guess! LOL!
Last edited by Skippy!; 03-17-2009 at 10:43 PM.