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I'm Boring My Horse

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    11-04-2012, 11:47 PM
I'm Boring My Horse

I've often said that when teaching a horse something that repetition is important, and that when the horse cocks a hip, he's bored with it. The other day as I was playing with him, barely half a minute, he cocked his hip. Ok, let's do something else, got the hip again. Then it twigged. I've been doing basically same old, same old, thinking I was fine tuning it when really he was quite bored with what we were doing. From now on I shall try to challenge him. Flapping plastic bags doesn't work as I did such a good job getting him over that fear that he looks at me as if to say, "Oh hell, this again"?
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    11-05-2012, 12:08 AM
I've never heard that a horse cocking a hip is bored, but rather that he is relaxed.

What are your goals with the horse? Are you trying to "bombproof" him?
    11-05-2012, 12:11 AM
Up the anti!
    11-05-2012, 12:39 AM
I’m with DancingArabian, I have always been taught that that means they are relaxed and take it as a good sign, you’ll know when they get board, they will start to get a bit sour and exhibit behaviour more related to that.
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    11-12-2012, 09:25 AM
Again agreeing that a cocked hip mans relaxed/comfortable. When my horse gets bored he starts looking for other things to do ^^
    11-12-2012, 10:21 AM
Yup. Cocked hip = good. Bored = pawing, fidgeting in the ties, getting distracted, etc.
    11-13-2012, 10:52 AM
This horse has never displayed anything to indicate being soured. I've dealt with many horses over many years but this one is unique. Kind, polite, impeccable manners yet has so much try. What are my intentions - nothing definitive. He's gone from habitually zoning out and scaring himself, trusting nothing and no one to a horse that's a delight to play around with at liberty. No more zoning out (that dead look in his eyes) nor seeing the whites, just a soft eye and a lovely connection. Thursday, he's never tied. He will stand until my signal that I'm done with him.
    11-13-2012, 11:48 AM
"Kind, polite, impeccable manners yet has so much try"
Sounds like your intuition is right- time to mix it up. Have fun with your friend :)
    11-13-2012, 11:57 AM
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When I drop my hip like that it often means I'm bored - yes relaxed too - but 'off with the fairies'. Maybe he does need more stimulation, horses react in different ways to being bored. If I repeat the same thing more than a few times with my pinto she will do it on her own or even get ahead of me in a schooling situation and try to lead the game. Other times after doing the same thing a few times on the ground she turns her head away from me to ignore me as if to say 'dumb stupid mother can't you see I can do this perfectly so why do I need to do it again. She can be so superior, some horses can be too smart for their own good - arabs especially I find can be like this
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    11-24-2012, 04:31 AM
I can't help but laugh at this guy. His first reaction is "ooooh, I'm not sure about this" so I'll help him along and the next time the beggar will do it beautifully. We do have a bit of an on the lead rope issue. He thinks his place is behind me (respect). I'm not real big on that position. I like my horse's alongside, in fact I'm at the jaw which enables me to watch the ears. In his mind I'm higher in the pecking order so that's a positon that could get him in trouble. I am able to get him there with a wiggle of the whip behind me but I know he's tense, not from the whip but from the position.

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