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post #11 of 15 Old 06-16-2010, 11:17 PM
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Wait on it? For how long? Days? Months? Years? It's not forcing anything. It's getting a result and showing the horse what you want since she's either stubborn or unsure of what's being asked of her. The OP can then go back and ask again with lighter aids to re-enforce the training. Horse's can only learn from their trainers. If their trainers just sit there until the horse decides to make a decision on its own, that's not training and it's not even safe. Let a horse make a decision in one area and it will start making decisions in others.
I'm pretty sure she means holding the pressure instead of dragging her head around. The same thing that I was suggesting but without any bumping. She is right. I would only bump if the horse had the idea and was just resisting.

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IHowever, when I'm in the saddle (or bareback) I have to literally drag her head from side to side. I don't seem to be making any progress. I'm using a rope halter in both cases. Do I just need to keep practicing in the saddle?
Sure sounds like the horse is either being stubborn or confused to me. If she just sits there and holds the rein taught, I bet that horse will stand there all day bracing against it. She says she's not making progress, which means time to try something new, no?

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If she just sits there and holds the rein taught, I bet that horse will stand there all day bracing against it. She says she's not making progress, which means time to try something new, no?
No. It means it's time to do the right thing correctly. The horse may brace against it for a while but pretty soon it will start to look for the relief and eventually the horse will stumble across the right answer. Then through repetition it will become solid. It has worked with every single horse that I have ever ridden.

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Kevin is right. In this case the horse sounds introverted so getting stronger isn't going to work with this horse. Even the most persistent horse in the world WANTS to find comfort, so if we just wait on him he will eventually seek it. Horses are born knowing how to out persist humans (predators) so we have to learn to out persist them.
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Give yourself 5 hours.. be patient...it will probably take less than 5 minutes.
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