CA respect training question
i am watching some of the videos on youtube and i don't understand how swinging a rope above your horses head and it not running away means your have their respect?i see these exercises as more of a how to bombproof your horse videos more than how to gain your horses repeat on the ground.please correct me if I'm wrong.
It is a desensitizing part of his method. It is not necessarily a respect thing. The idea is to not let the horse be afraid of you or the tools you use. You will notice a lot when he rests the horses he will toss the rope over the horses head or flick the stick and string around. I do this a lot just because I want my horse to relax no matter what I'm doing to them. On top of that, you can do it anywhere with anything to help with the spookiness. Helps them learn to trust you some too.
Agree with you skittles, that I don't see that as having much to do with respect, but then again it's obviously a very subjective term & I don't see a lot of things that people lable 'respect' or 'disrespect' in the same light.
To me, 'respect' is a 2 way street - you must respect your horse first in order to *earn* it from them. IMO the horse becoming 'obedient' is an outcome, but not synonymous with respect. It includes understanding & trust, so on those levels, desensitisation can be a part of 'respect'.
its also not just about the horse 'not running away' you want the horse to be relaxed. i see a lot of people try to use desensitizing methods like this and all they look for is the horse to stand still and pay no attention to if the horse is tense or relaxed. you are not doing any good if they horse is still but tense.
The swing of the rope and the sting/string etc.. is just desensitation after the sensitatizing exercises... the respect issue is all about space... he doens't allow his horses to come into his space, but he can walk into their space... if you continue to watch if a horse comes up to him after an exercise he'll wiggle that rope and back them off... he won't let them into his space after they've gain more experience and learn more of the exercies especially from Gaining Respect and Control on the Ground Series I - in I think it's his series II that he starts letting them come into him after each exercise...
The respect comes from keeping them out of the bubble and the sensitizing part of his exercises, the desensitizing part is about trust, IMO.
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