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mellybean 03-17-2011 11:53 PM

despooking and bombproofing...
Hey guys!
I am currently breaking out and training ny first horse on my first horse alone and looking for some help. My 4 y/o and I currently do some trust building exercises based on some natural horsemanship I learned the past few years. I want to keep his training as natural as possible, but I'm not sure of ways other than tarps and bags to despook him? Also his sides are very goosy and this worries me. Lastly, should I be doing any trust building exercise right before trying to do a despook exercise? Or will this effect the trust? Looking for some input!

christopher 03-18-2011 12:01 AM

crack a whip while waving a bag around while standing on a tarp. from his back.

christopher 03-18-2011 12:03 AM

while a friend bounces an exersize ball off of his sides.

tinyliny 03-18-2011 12:14 AM

and another friend lights fireworks under his belly!

tinyliny 03-18-2011 12:51 AM

That's a joke, by the way.

bsms 03-18-2011 04:31 AM

I recommend buying and absorbing Countdown to Broke (

It covers 33 steps in training to get to a reasonable broke horse, has very clear instructions and photos, and also has tips for deciding when your horse is ready for the next step.

Mia is 10 and was once used for endurance racing. I've had her for 2 years. After a lot of thought, I've started her back at the beginning because there were too many holes in her training. I'll continue to ride her, but we're also doing daily sessions to go step by step. The author figures with regular work, most horses can get there in about a year. Mia may go faster since she has already had a lot of riding, or maybe not - the holes may take longer to fill since she needs to unlearn some bad habits.

In any case, it is the best of about a dozen books I have on training a young horse (or a 10 year old with holes!)

He covers sacking out, but there is a lot to do PRIOR to sacking out. Skip those, and you'll end up with a horse like Mia - trained on the surface, but not at the core. :shock:

christopher 03-18-2011 04:58 AM


Originally Posted by tinyliny (Post 966822)
That's a joke, by the way.


gypsygirl 03-18-2011 08:41 AM

with my mare i used anything i could find, ropes, whips, bags, brooms, chairs, tarps, saddle pads balls, etc. i touched her everywhere with them and also held them all over her back. i focused on the parts she didnt like, i always hold them in that spot until she relaxes. i also didnt hold her in one spot, but let her move around a lot, so she has to do it on her own, not because im forcing her. i usually did everything off lead in a round pen, i had a broken arm at the time so it was easier one handed to just have her loose and move with her. once they relax [head down, ears soft, licking/chewing.] you take the object/pressure off, then move on to a new area.

AllThePrettyHorses 03-18-2011 09:10 AM

I've found with my mare that I just have to get on and go. She's not really spooky by nature, but the more places we go, the more things we see, she just keeps getting quieter and more trusting that I'm not taking her into a death trap.

mellybean 03-20-2011 07:44 PM

Thanks guys for all the feedback! Before we actually took him home but he went thru an electric fence literally DAYS before we got him, and I'd become so attached to him, and was scared if we didnt take him hed be a meat horse so we took the challenge home... We have grain bags full of cans that he doesnt mind we can lunge him with them on his back but once someones on him he spooks... He has his days, and is supposed to be a family horse soi we shall see how it turns out I'm definately gonna try that book and I've got a tarp, hula hoop, chair, stool and jugs full of rocks ready to go!

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