In Hand Handling Question
 
 

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Natural Horsemanship

In Hand Handling Question

This is a discussion on In Hand Handling Question within the Natural Horsemanship forums, part of the Training Horses category

    Like Tree2Likes
    • 1 Post By toto
    • 1 Post By Saddlebag

     
    LinkBack Thread Tools
        03-06-2013, 12:44 AM
      #1
    Weanling
    Question In Hand Handling Question

    In the time I've had my horse (7 months) he's only spooked in place. On the rare occasion he will back up to avoid something like me coming with the sunscreen.
    If he backs up when haltered/leading I move with him until he stops, keeping contact or tension on the lead, and don't release until he walks forward.

    Today we were walking on the road back to the barn when he spooked and ran backward. It happened so fast and I didn't have a tight grip on my 12' lead rope so it played out to about 9 feet. I just looked at him, said, what? And with a little feel he walked forward immediately. Luckily its a quiet country road so nothing to run into. He would have, I think, run into something had something been there. In those scenarios where I see him backing up I can plan to move him around by my own body position. In other words I move off to the side and he veers off in a semi circle.

    In today's situation, I may possibly have been jerked off my feet. Would it have been better to hang on? Sorry for the dumb question. I'm here to learn.
         
    Sponsored Links
    Advertisement
     
        03-06-2013, 01:26 AM
      #2
    Super Moderator
    You mean, you wonder if it would have been better if none of the lead rope slid through your hand?

    I guess, in theory, the sooner you can put some feel on the rope to help him change his mind about backing up, the better. But being yanked off your feet would make things worse. I think you did the right thing.
         
        03-11-2013, 12:19 AM
      #3
    Trained
    Not a dumb question at all! It may well be best to 'make the wrong thing difficult' ASAP, but then again, when thinking about reactions from fear, putting more pressure on & trying to restrict them can just make things worse. I think that is a major reason for using a lead that's 12' or so long, so you CAN allow the lead to run, so the horse can move his feet before you ask anything. Other reasons not to hang on tight include the unpleasantness of rope burns & being dragged off your feet!
         
        03-11-2013, 12:35 AM
      #4
    Banned
    Ive always been told when I was a kid if you feel like you need to let go-- just let go! And not to hold on and get myself hurt-- problem was, id drop the rope over the smallest things, and when I did my friend would always yell at me, lol..

    I've now grown accustomed to just letting the rope slide through my hands, untill it gets to the end, then I tighten my grip, and that usually makes the horse stop--if they pull me I just walk with them calmly untill they stop.. if they back into something they'll usually stop themselves-- worst case, they'll rear.

    But, I think you did the right thing here. :) id do it, and its worked for me for over 20 years, lol.
    loosie likes this.
         
        03-11-2013, 02:34 PM
      #5
    Started
    I usually let the slack go and then just follow them at the end of my rope. By the time they spook, it's already too late and by holding on you could just make it worse/more pressure. If they spook away from you, I think that's okay. Once they stop I just get them moving forward in casual circles. It's better than having a horse jump in your lap when they spook, that's for sure.
         
        03-11-2013, 04:39 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    Sounds like you did what you could- I let it slide if I really have to because of a bum shoulder... I also always wear gloves when leading... You can't always predict when they are going to spook and rope burns sure hurt!
         
        03-17-2013, 10:08 AM
      #7
    Showing
    You do what you have to do but when the spook stops, immediately shorten your lead, (allow him an arm's length away from the halter), and continue on as tho nothing happened. If you keep your focus 100' ahead, your body language tells him where you are going. Don't use soothing tones or pet him as that is training him to spook. In the herd if the alpha mare spooks, the others go on high alert. If a lower ranking horse spooks but the alpha doesn't, the others don't pay any attention as they follower her guidance.
    livelovelaughride likes this.
         
        03-18-2013, 12:27 AM
      #8
    Weanling
    He used to stop all the time to look at his surroundings when I led him in hand. That has improved greatly though its taken about 7 months. Still not a fearless trail horse but improvements are steady.
         

    Quick Reply
    Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.
    Message:
    Options

    Register Now

    In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

    Already have a Horse Forum account?
    Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

    New to the Horse Forum?
    Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

    User Name:
    Password
    Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
    Password:
    Confirm Password:
    Email Address
    Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
    Email Address:

    Log-in

    Human Verification

    In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


    Old Thread Warning
    This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

    Thread Tools

    Similar Threads
    Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
    Am I handling this correctly? Cowgirls Boots Horse Training 8 11-27-2012 05:48 PM
    in-hand showing of the unregistered weanling, and a rego question blue eyed pony Horse Showmanship 2 06-26-2011 08:40 AM
    Handling Foals bubblegum Horse Training 5 10-12-2009 10:08 AM
    Trotting in hand question Equus_girl Horse Training 4 04-20-2009 09:58 PM
    Junior Handling...can anyone help me? BluMagic General Off Topic Discussion 0 11-22-2007 11:46 PM



    All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:10 AM.


    Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
    Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
    Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0