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Desensitization....essential or abuse?

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        08-31-2013, 09:43 AM
    Originally Posted by XxemmafuriaxX    
    Hi what is sacking out? I've never heard of it....
    Sacking out was the process of using a burlap sack and flapping it around the horse, up and over the horse's back and around the horse's legs as an initial training process to get them used to having a saddle blanket tossed over their back.
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        08-31-2013, 09:51 AM
    As for desensitization itself, I find it very important. People have to remember that these horses are a LOT bigger than we are (well, most are anyway) and are all instinct. On the ground especially, if a horse spooks and shies hard at some object, let's use the dreaded plastic bag, they are going to react on instinct and won't necessarily first try to figure out where you are. They may not mean to run over you by thought but they may not be able to help it on instinct.

    Desensitizing to the normal things they are going to see and/or hear, tarps, kids, bicycles, dogs, other animals, weed whackers, lawnmowers, going to make it much more safe for both the handler and the horse. Even without a handler nearby, if a horse reacts on instinct to some simple stimulation and the circumstances are right, they could injure themselves..or worse.
        08-31-2013, 01:09 PM
    I think desensitization is a good idea in itself... However, I think that some people take it overboard. I've seen this particularly with novices and young people.
        08-31-2013, 07:22 PM
    Desensitizing a horse is IMO, safety to all. If you look at the police horses and how they are trained and desensitized is a perfect example. And I've never seen a dull, non forward moving as some say will happen to a over desensitizing a horse.
        09-03-2013, 07:14 AM
    Green Broke
    No it is not abuse done right.

    Done right it does not dull the horse either.

    Different breeds and different horses react to it in various ways. You have to know the horse you are working with and judge how much to use, and what kind.

    I'm starting to see a switch in thought processes now though, that is less what is really based on good training and instead seems to be based on being polar opposite of what has been being taught.

    And wonder how much of it is a marketing gimmick as opposed to sound horsemanship.

    To me, I think you are on right track in your thinking.

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