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Tyler 02-11-2010 08:15 AM

? About Horses Attention During Training
When I'm working with my horse, he tends to zone out or get distracted. Is there anything I can do to make him stop this bad habit?

ilovestitch 02-11-2010 08:47 AM

Change it up, just do lots of different things all the time, serpentines, circles, Uturns, stops, backs..... Just throw in lots of different things to keep him guessing.

Seahorseys 02-11-2010 09:34 AM

What are you doing when you work with him? Ground work, riding? What type of area are you in? Is there anything in particular that he gets distracted by the most?

Tyler 02-11-2010 11:07 AM

All ground work. Right now I'm mostly leading, although I'm going to introduce lunging an a week or so. I work in the pasture... it's the only place available. He's distracted mostly the goats bawling for attention, but also cars and other sounds.

mls 02-11-2010 12:45 PM

How old is this horse?

Tyler 02-11-2010 12:56 PM

He's 12.

Pro 02-11-2010 01:17 PM

When my horses (or my instructors horses) do this, I'm told to just bring their attention to you. If your riding and the horses head goes off looking at something - take your rein (opposite of the way hes looking) and bump it back to you. If your on the ground do the same thing. Just bump his nose back to where it should be. It may take a while, but he will get it. He should learn, even if hes board he needs to pay attention to you.....This is just what I was taught to do:)

Tyler 02-11-2010 01:51 PM

Thanks! :D

Beling 02-11-2010 02:00 PM

I have the same problem. My mare is a little afraid of loud plastic above her head, so when she starts looking off, I take out this LONG piece of heavy, noisy plastic and flap it around. It gets her attention-- for now, anyway. I figure, either I get her attention, or she'll get totally bored by the plastic -- a win-win situation.:-)

Pro 02-11-2010 02:12 PM

^^^but then wouldn't her attention be on the plastic bag...still not you?? Not sure, just a thought....

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