The horse clearly never wanted to pay attention to her or the first handler in the first place. His head is looking all around everywhere else, (they're clearly not in his usual surroundings for this lesson). So she's asking him to do something before even getting his attention, something pretty advanced for his level, what it looks like. In this situation the best thing to have done was go back to basics on getting his attention. You can play a follow the leader game with your horse by moving all around the horse, pulling on the lead as gently as possible but as firm as necessary to turn his/her head towards you quickly. They're winning when they can keep up with you without you having to pull at all, so you progressively move around, back, forward, left, and right faster and faster. It's amazing how quickly they keep focused on you, eyes, ears, and nose. They really love this game too. It definitely seems more interesting than most other things around them. Once you get their full attention from this, which usually only takes a few minutes, you can more easily ask for a new command. I do this game before everything else with my horses. Very affective.
Last edited by ShelC; 04-03-2013 at 11:38 PM.