Desensitizing Exercise (From earlier in the summer) - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 5 Old 08-06-2019, 05:14 PM Thread Starter
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Lightbulb Desensitizing Exercise (From earlier in the summer)

I didn't set out to get them involved, I really didn't. But they simply weren't going to let me walk from the house to the pond out back without a thorough investigation of what was in the laundry basket.

I do not have pictures, but about halfway to the pond, Oops joined in... all four were then investigating... annnnnd I used my big toe to shove the basket just a little...

OH MY GOD ITS GOING TO EAT US! They scattered, ran off, snorted and gave me dirty looks, returned, rinse repeat. They finally quit worrying about it, but they wouldn't let me go unescorted the rest of the way to the pond.

I give you: Three Horses and a Turtle in a Basket.

I can sell you a step by step training program and a laundry basket for 19.99, you just pay S&H!










*Turtle not included.
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-06-2019, 09:20 PM
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I have given up on desensitizing; whatever happens happens. "Why," you ask? Take last Sunday. I took Hamlet for a ride...we walked along the street that he usually gets a bit nervous on, except that day trash was put out for pick-up, and one house had a very large pile of trash that he didn't recall seeing there a few days before. I had a borderline bolt at that spot!

Ten minutes later, walking along the tree line of a field, we stirred up a snoozing deer not 20 feet away from us. It startled me, for crying out loud! Hamlet barely twitched a muscle in his flank and went on his merry way.

Oh, butterflies: disturbing a butterfly that he hadn't seen sitting there -- spook-worthy. Walking into a cloud of six or seven fluttering butterflies -- zero reaction.

WHAT.EVER.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-07-2019, 12:49 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, it's always the oddest things that no human could ever conceive of being a problem.

Tiny critter scuttle away in the woods, unseen but making a loud racket in the leaves? Meh.


Root ball to fallen tree that wasn't there last time we rode that trail a month ago? IT IS A BEAR.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-07-2019, 12:55 PM
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I had my horses think that spooky things were all my fault.

It was nothing for me to feed them, in the barn or the field, carrying a golfing umbrella, a football rattle, kick a ball around in the barn when they were eating.

They learned that if they reacted they learned that it continued.
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post #5 of 5 Old 08-07-2019, 01:07 PM Thread Starter
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I had my horses think that spooky things were all my fault.

It was nothing for me to feed them, in the barn or the field, carrying a golfing umbrella, a football rattle, kick a ball around in the barn when they were eating.

They learned that if they reacted they learned that it continued.

I have been known on occasion to fake fall down at their feet.... I think it's paid off. They don't spook when when I actually trip and fall down... or fall out of the saddle due to my own doofusness. LOL
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