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Desensitizing training & tips
For me, desensitizing training is very inprotant for my animals. I want them to be as "spook proof" as possible. I got a little creative on the flag desensitizing with Danee last spring. Recently, I got creative with old baling twine & pvc pipe. Dont worry all the strings are cut so there's no loups to get hung up on! What are some creative ideas everyone has done to "de-spook" their driving animals?
We actually have a horse who can drive, but since we have gotten him we haven't had a place to drive him.
When we tried him out before we bought him he did okay. The only thing I saw that could be worked on was that he couldn't see aournd him, so he was much more jumpy and nervous - so we will work on that. Just having it on him more often and such.
Foil balloons on the hay ring.
Wind chimes hanging around the the water.
Tarps over, under, beside, the horse. Also have them walk over it.
I have been working on desensitizing my filly to flapping things. I tied a flag to the end of a flexible rod. My biggest issue when I get it near her face is keeping her from eating it. LOL I think desensitizing is so important especially if you are going to be on the road at all. You never know what is going to come flying at you!
Danee is absolutely adorable. I love the flag contraption.
I second waving around blankets. I learned the hard way that my gelding is terrified of them. Especially pink ones...
^Haha, yeah! We don't get grass like that here do we, Left?
That grass does look wonderful! I am praying for some rain sometime soon! We haven't had any where we are at. Which is pretty unusual for us. It was really dry last year too. I have a feeling I will be buying hay from out of state unless we get some.
Walking across crinkley, noise making surface, CHECK!! Poor Molly kept looking at me like "Mom, why do you keep doing this stuff to us!!!"
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