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post #11 of 18 Old 10-26-2012, 06:43 PM
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Desensatization :) I usually have someone hold the horse (or vice versa) and take a soft cotton rope (in case you accidently do hit it or flip it around on them) and start swinging it slowly. If it backs up, follow it. If it sidesteps, follow go with it. Continue swinging the rope. As soon as the animal settles and is disinterested, stop and praise him. Do this in several sessions, eventually getting to where you can flick it between his legs, under his belly, over his head, by his face, and above his head. I did this with my mare and she doesn't even flinch when I whirl it by her.
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First it does not matter what you are going to do with a horse that horse needs to have emotional control. That comes from putting pressure on the horse and teaching the horse to stand still as the pressure increases. All my horses learn this as youngsters. Use of a lung whip or stick and string or what ever you want to call it and rubbing them with it then adding force as it is whiped around them and then rubbing them with it again. Hitting them with it all over letting it land on them and so on. This all teached emotional control wich all horses MUST have.
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Thanks to both of you that is very helpful :)
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What the others have said, plus this: after the horse stands still and "unbothered" with all the twirling and swinging, put one end of a rope around a hind foot and send the horse in circles...keep a lot of slack in the rope(you don't want it to tighten and hurt the leg), once the horse will move without bother(most will kick out or buck at first), then switch legs until all 4 are done -- this is done due to the eventuality of the rope getting around a leg, if you don't do this the horse may bust loose with you on it; after doing that, ensure you put a rope under the horses tail...the horse will probably lock its tail down on the rope and may even kick out, so be aware...once it settles down, take the rope out and then continue this until the horse will walk around calmy while holding the rope under its tail -- again, you do this so that the first time it happens is NOT when you are riding, or you will most likely have a rodeo ride on your hands....don't ask me how i know this.....
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We add ALL NEW THINGS at the end of a long ride and NEVER when a horse is fresh. Since a lot of our horse are used as ranch horses, they all need to be OK with a swinging rope, early on.

I have gone through it many times how we 'sack out' every horse with a long cotton rope. Our horses are already used to a rope around their legs, behind their rumps, under their tails and everywhere it can be.

When I have ridden a horse a while and it is quiet and settled (if not getting pretty tired), I start swinging a lead-rope around. I swing it over-head, on both sides, drag it behind; Just in general, I want a horse comfortable with anything I do with the rope.

When I get the horse back to the ranch, if it has been OK with the lead-rope, I use a lariat. I ride the horse along-side of the arena fence with the rope swinging on the side away from the fence. That eliminates the possibility that the horse can move sideways away from the swinging rope.

When you introduce things I thing at a time and do it when the horse is settled and been ridden for a good while, there is very little drama.
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post #16 of 18 Old 12-23-2012, 10:44 PM
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Well, I was going to post my roping question... but maybe not. In response to this question, what I did to get my horse used to the rope is to rub it all over him, then make one loop around the leg and pull with steady pressure until he gives his leg- do this with all legs. This wont help with swinging over the head, but it gets him used to what else will eventually happen- the rope will be touching his legs. Then, swing rope next to horse from the ground. Put it on his head and his face until he accepts it. Get on him with the rope and repeat the rubbing and swinging. Make sure he can see it when you swing it. This is the process I used. Eventually I just started swinging it over his head and he didn't seem to mind by that point.
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^^^ thats exactly what i do!
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post #18 of 18 Old 01-15-2013, 03:32 PM
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I just fool around with a rope, pretty much.

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