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post #21 of 26 Old 04-08-2012, 09:59 AM Thread Starter
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Thank You! I really appreciate everyone taking the time to watch my video and leave such nice comments. Thank you.

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post #22 of 26 Old 04-12-2012, 07:31 PM
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really nice job. He really trusts you and you have a wonderful relationship.
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post #23 of 26 Old 04-13-2012, 12:01 PM
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Yes,I do liberty.Nice beginnings with Fargo.He looks fairly solid with his cues and appears to enjoy what he is doing.Nice job.And SOOOO nice to see that you did not bribe him with treats!! To do so is not training in my book,just bribery.
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post #24 of 26 Old 04-21-2012, 01:00 PM
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WOW!!!! That was soooo cool! I've been working with one of mine on driving without lines, and we are coming along okay, but I would love to know more about how you got your guy to back up the way you did. I've gotten as far as being able to move my guy's hindquarters sideways toward me by gently pulling his tail, but we are still missing that step back.
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post #25 of 26 Old 04-22-2012, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks again everyone.

Oceanne, I must confess to using the occasional food incentive to get my horse perkier about doing his job, or to clarify exactly which behavior I'm trying to isolate, but the moment I even get a hint that he is focusing more on the treat than doing as he is told, the treats go away.

ChrisDoctor I started teaching him to back that way with the halter and lead on. I would stand at his side, behind his shoulders(like where you would sit if riding) and cue him very gently with the lead, to prevent him from turning and facing me I would redirect his nose straight ahead with the stick when he bend instead of backing. Then I started cuing from his hip and then from behind incorporating a gentle pull on his tail into my back up cue. When he was doing that well(2-3 lessons) I started using the tail pull first and if he didn't respond then I would reinforce with the lead. Soon he would back off just the tail pull, so then it is a matter of using fewer and fewer tail hairs in the cue, until you need none. Now he very clearly makes eye contact and "asks" if I want him to back, I back up myself if my answer is yes.

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post #26 of 26 Old 04-22-2012, 07:39 PM
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Rosie and I are working in it right now. We're doing some Parelli work (it's how she was trained so it's what she's most familiar with and most comfortable), mostly with the 7 games. I hope it will improve her under saddle as well. I want to dabble in several different trainer's methods (mainly Stacy Westfall - I love her work!) instead of just sticking to one, and develop my own way of doing things with Rose.

I also plan on teaching her some tricks and voice commands. She is starting to pick up on lowering her head when I say "come" and put slight pressure on her poll. Very handy for clipping bridle paths and they raise their heads when they're perfectly comfortable with the clippers. I also want to teach her to bow. I'm hoping it will improve our bond and her trust in me.
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