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post #11 of 29 Old 04-26-2013, 03:19 PM
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Ok, I agree with free running dogs and facing them with the horse. I have no arguement there.

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post #12 of 29 Old 04-26-2013, 03:23 PM
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I would keep him walking past the dogs rather than to stand there waiting for him to get used to it. Yes, I would walk him back and forth by them until he stops paying them any attention just like I do with the bale of hay in the ditch or the big rock just off the trail. I do not stop and let them decide it isn't going to eat them. I prove to them it is not going to eat them by getting them closer and closer to it at each pass.

My reasoning is I want him to follow my directions when he spooks rather than his own directions while I'm on his back. If I let him stop while he is spooked until he decides its ok then I just put him in charge of my decisions and that is unacceptable for my safety.
Gotcha, well to each their own. Yours work for you. Mine worked for my spook and spinner.
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I'm glad you didn't ask about how to train against mountain lions on the trail. 'O'
Guess you dismount and shoot 'em in the head.
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post #14 of 29 Old 04-26-2013, 03:33 PM
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Trusty was the type to try and turn and head the opposite direction or back up when I first got him. I would work him until he was facing the direction of the scary object and only allow that to be the easy way to go. Any other option was wrong and included a lot of work. He finally would go past it and that was where I would go just far enough to feel him relax and turn him around to go back past whatever it was.


I completely understand that this does not work with all people or horses and never meant to come off as my way is the only way. I was merely stating that at this point with the 2 horses I have been recently working with this method has proven very effective.


I'm glad that we are able to find ways to help our horses work with us for the happy trail.

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post #15 of 29 Old 04-26-2013, 03:39 PM
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When encountering vehicles, I think it is best to keep them moving. If they start to get nervous, fidgety, or anxious about the cars, they are focusing too much on the cars. Change the horses direction, do figure 8's, or something to get their focus back on you. I think I would do the same for dogs. Teach them to ignore the scary things.
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Ok thanks guys!! It's all been really helpful. I guess I could start with my calm 65 lb dog (he'd probably be afraid of the horses-LOL!! No seriously-my guinea pig wa lying on my bed, with my dog, and my dog just laid down and could care less=D), and gradually move up to my crazy 10 lb dog that would eat said guinea pig If given tiny opportunity. And I suppose, since the pasture will be starting about 5m from our quiet road, they will get used to cars. At his current house, they drive tractors around in the pasture and the horses don't really care. It's just the dogs and other things that worry me...Toby seems like a spooky kind of horse. He TOTALLY freaked out when I put my jacket on while sitting on him, but I could have avoided it, so I don't blame him. I just didn't want to get off my 16.2 hh horse and struggle to get back on my 5'2 self;)
Anyways, I'll try those things. I really liked the idea of having plastic tied to stuff so they don't get scared. I could do that with other stuff, right? Like leave a hula-hoop near the pasture, and drive the car around the driveway nearby?

Thanks for the advice!!!
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post #17 of 29 Old 04-26-2013, 04:49 PM
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You could do all of those things. The hoola hoop laying around in the pasture isn't really going to do anything to desensitize Toby. I would be more apt to hanging it from a tree or from the ceiling in the hall way just over his head so he doesn't get hung in it, so to speak.

If you have a riding mower then ride it all over the pasture around him so he gets accustomed to motor sounds up close to him if that is the path you want to take.
You say he is a spooky horse...meaning a flight spook or in place spook? Does he take off wildly getting away from what scares him?



I know some people talk about using tarp to make a tarp monster out in the pasture....you can look in the training section to find out about other techniques on that.

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I'm glad you didn't ask about how to train against mountain lions on the trail. 'O'
Guess you dismount and shoot 'em in the head.
Why would you dismount? Horse shouldn't be gun shy if you take a gun with you...hahaha

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Ok thanks guys!! It's all been really helpful. I guess I could start with my calm 65 lb dog (he'd probably be afraid of the horses-LOL!!
One thing I've done to get dogs & horses used to each other is to groom them with the same brush, so that each has a bit of the other's smell on them, and they associate that with the pleasure of being brushed.

Of course you can only apply this to your own or friends' dogs, not the barking critter down the road, but I think it does help the horses to learn that generic dogs aren't really threats.
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One thing I've done to get dogs & horses used to each other is to groom them with the same brush, so that each has a bit of the other's smell on them, and they associate that with the pleasure of being brushed.

Of course you can only apply this to your own or friends' dogs, not the barking critter down the road, but I think it does help the horses to learn that generic dogs aren't really threats.
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