How would I go about teaching Lacey to ground tie? I kinda started today by filling my pocket with grain and then dropping the lead rope and walking a step away then coming right back to her head before she had a chance to move, saying "good girl!" and giving her a little grain then picking up the lead rope again, saying "ok" and walking off somewhere else with her (I decided to pretend like she was a big dog that I was training to stay). She was actually doing extremely well by the time I was done (we practiced for about 15 minutes) I walked a complete circle around her with her only movement being her head as she watched me. She seemed pretty proud of herself so I'm thinking I might have hit upon something she feels she can do for once. =D Am I doing it right?
I think that as long as the technique works (and is humane of course!) for the horse and rider, you can't be doing it "wrong." :]
Hey, if that works, then keep at it. Just keep increasing your distance and the time you stay away from her and you'll do great.
If you treat her each time when you approach her, she may come to expect it all the time. So just alternate a good petting with the treat/grain and it should work out just fine for you. Sounds like you two are progressing already quite nicely, CONGRATS!
Good luck with the training!
I start them off as soon as they come home. When I am grooming, saddleing up, etc, etc, etc, I just drop the lead rope and go about my business. If they move forward I back them up to where they were standing before they moved and remind them that that is a good place to be with a pat. I always encourage them that they are doing the right thing while they are standing there...that being said my horses will all still sneak off while I am out of sight...so maybe I'm doing it wrong! LOL :D
Hahaha! Sweet deal! My plan was to gradually phase out the treats by giving them to her randomly, then not at all, after she has it pretty down with treats. =) Thanks!
I just expect them to stand. If they move, I back them to where they were and say 'Stand!'. If I see them thinking of moving I just give a warning sound, like ahhhhh.... and they normally stand :]
It's worked really well, both my horses will ground tie anywhere, even at shows.
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