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post #1 of 15 Old 01-04-2011, 05:02 PM Thread Starter
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Substitute for Anderson Handy-Stick

Hi,

We got our first pony for Christmas (15yr POA gelding) and he's wonderful.

I'd like to work him using some of Clinton Andersen's methods, but I'm not sure I really want to invest in a Handy-Stick and wait for the shipping, etc.

I was wondering if you knew of something that work that I could find at my local farm/tack store?

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post #2 of 15 Old 01-04-2011, 05:11 PM
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A regular old lunge whip will work just fine. You don't need any special, magic tools.
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post #3 of 15 Old 01-04-2011, 05:16 PM
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I see people using lunge whips like Speed racer said, but just be careful to not leave it lying on the ground too much, because (unlike Clinton Anderson's stick, and it's probably the only difference) if your horse steps on it, it can crack in two. Lol

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post #4 of 15 Old 01-04-2011, 08:08 PM
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A regular old lunge whip will work just fine. You don't need any special, magic tools.
Agreed 1000%. I actually used a dressage whip with a length of baler twine tied to the end for a while, ha ha

There are other, cheaper manufacturers that make equally serviceable stick/string rigs for a much more reasonable price.

I use groundwork similar to CA, and, honestly, using the tail of the lunge line works just as well for me.

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post #5 of 15 Old 01-04-2011, 08:55 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much! This is exactly why I wanted to ask you guys.

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post #6 of 15 Old 01-05-2011, 05:38 AM
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If you are only needing the stick, without the string, get a golf club from a thrift store and cut off the head of the club. Many are fibergalss, just like the handy sticks are.......got that idea from my Parelli trained BO!

I do suppose you could attach the leather loop at the end for the string fairly easily......

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post #7 of 15 Old 01-10-2011, 02:08 PM
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Make a great one for under $20!

I just made my own. At our local Army Surplus I bought a lightweight aluminum walking pole (like a ski pole for hikers) which is basically what Clinton uses (he refers to it as a ski pole several times). It is light, durable, adjustable in height (set it to 4 foot length) has an ergonomic handle grip on the end, and a rubber cap for the end that slides off. I attached a 6 foot length of cord/rope and the rubber cap holds my "flag" (a $1.39 black bandanna). It works perfectly. It's strong enough to really rub and scratch my horse when I am desensitizing and easy to use. The flag and rope ends remove easily when I don't want them on. I figure having $400 worth of his training DVDs is enough, Clinton doesn't need my extra $70 for his handy stick. Mine cost me $18.99.
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post #8 of 15 Old 01-10-2011, 05:44 PM
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I just use my hanf and point or if I need something longer (like to throw over their back) I use the end of the rope. I started usind his methods after a broke my arm and hand so I couldn't hold a stick or whip !
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post #9 of 15 Old 01-12-2011, 02:52 PM
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I made my own stick with a fiberglass fence post and a rubber golf club handle. I glued the leather tag on the end, attached some rope, and had a training stick for under $15.

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post #10 of 15 Old 01-13-2011, 04:43 PM
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A long branch with a stiff string tied on the end. Virtually no cost at all.
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