Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
Have to agree with you on that gypsygirl. Same principles but different ways of teaching them. Also using the same tools.
Oldhorselady - there are several reasons why your horse could be reacting to the stick. All come from using the stick incorrectly.
She could be afraid of the stick. Someone may have used it too harshly with her.
It could be something she has learned. Maybe someone trained her by whacking her in the first place to get her to move, instead of asking with slight pressure first. So she learned that when she sees the stick, she should be moving.
It could be that everytime they brought the stick out, she got spooky and removed the stick while she was spooky. That just rewards her behavior to acting out with the stick.
If she's not afraid of you and you can swing a rope, she can get used to the stick. The stick isn't just a tool. It's an extension of you and should only be used to reinforce what you are asking.
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