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SpiritedLittleCopperSpots 06-13-2011 06:02 PM

Spanish walking goat?
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So I taught my little goat Emmie a dressage move! Just kidding. :lol:
But she is awfully cute playing with her stick, so thought I would share some pics....
I did notice that she did the same thing if a waggled the lead rope in front of her, so maybe I could actually teach it to her as a trick?

Any one else's goats do this?

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Thanks for look'in!

tbstorm 06-13-2011 07:15 PM

awe cutie!!! lol that would be pretty awesome if we could teach our other pets dressage and such!

A knack for horses 06-13-2011 07:53 PM

That is too cute :D

RoosterDo 06-13-2011 09:50 PM

Awww so cute, goats have the best personalities mine do all kinds of silly things!

PintoTess 06-13-2011 10:12 PM

Awww! My Tess knows the spanish walk lol. A goat would be so hard to teach!

SpiritedLittleCopperSpots 06-13-2011 10:52 PM

Emmie is the first goat I've ever had, and she sure is a character.
I've had her since she was 4 months old. She was a surprise "barn-warming" gift from a friend who saved her from an owner who was going to shoot her....
My two Llamas adore her. :wink:

So you think if I kept working with the lead rope waggle I might be able to teach it to her on purpose? Goats seem pretty smart, doesn't seem out of the question that they could learn a few tricks?

SpiritedLittleCopperSpots 06-13-2011 10:54 PM

Oh, forgot!
Pintotess, how are you teaching Tess this step? I've seen your photos, she looks great!
Is it a voice command in conjunction with a tap of the stick? Any tips you can give me to try?

PintoTess 06-16-2011 06:40 AM

Yep voice commands and Tapping behind her knee with the dressage whip. I use the word "Lift". I started just standing (as it should be and then moving to the walk. Now I do my work on the left side and am working on getting one leg going properly before I get both established. Put a bridle on them to start them off. Hold the reins up near the bit on the left hand side and raise them a little. Tap the dressage whip on the back of the leg behind the knee while using your voice commands. Praise when they lift their leg up (and bent) to start off with. Do it a few more times with heaps of praise when they lift. Quiet for the day on a good note. Next day, do the same but this time get the horse to lift its leg out instead of up. Don't praise them if they paw. They have to keep their leg there. As soon as you get the lift and extension, praise with feed and repeat a few more times and then quit for the day. If the horse paws it's leg impatiently keep tapping its leg and using voice commands until they extend and hold, even for a few seconds. Don't praise with feed if they pull their leg back under them.
It takes a while but I got Tess to this level in 2 days. Just consistently! :D I hope I have explained it well enough (im so bad lol) and it works! When you are ready for the walking part, just ask. This part is still a WIP with Tess! lol :D She can hold her leg there for ages until I ask her to lower it. I can do it at liberty as well and in a VERY open paddock.

Good luck!

SpiritedLittleCopperSpots 06-16-2011 01:13 PM

Great instructions thanks!!!

Just one question, assuming they lift the leg, do you keep tapping lightly until they offer to keep it up themselves? Then release and reward?

PintoTess 06-16-2011 07:22 PM

Yep :D Forgot to add that sorry! Don't fo it at first, you are just trying to get them to lift it on command and then when you think they are ready, work on the extension

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