Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Be consistent and work on it every time you are with her. Firstly, what I suggest is to get her to drop her nose to the ground when you say "down" - to teach this you need a ton of patience.. Stand next to her and apply steady pressure (not a lot of it, but enough to feel and hold consistently) downwards on the lead rope. Say "down" and hold the pressure (increase it if she moves her head up) until she gives downward motion even the slightest bit. Reward with immediate release and say "good!" Do this consistently enough and you will get a horse that drops their noses to the ground with a feather light touch and/or verbal command.
Next step is a bit hard to explain so I will link you to a video when I get on my computer. Basically you want to pet close to the problem area and move your hand very fast over the problem area so they don't have time to react to your hand even being there. Then you go back to petting the "good" spot, repeat, repeat, repeat, getting slower as you go.
Very effective to teach both at the same time, I've had a lot of success with it.
It can take a long time to accomplish but it can be done.
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