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post #11 of 18 Old 08-03-2013, 06:00 PM
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I don't know if you can teach that. It freaks some horses out. Others don't care. Mine grazes with his lead rope trailing all the time. When he steps on it, he tests each leg until he figures out which one is keeping him stuck and finds the release himself. If you horse freaks out, I would just try to never put him in that situation.
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post #12 of 18 Old 08-03-2013, 11:08 PM
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You need to desensitize her the rope and do as suggested in an above reply. She needs to learn that when she gets worried or in a bind the answer is to stop moving, and she can be taught to stop moving. Start by throwing the rope over her back, then her butt, then front legs then hind legs keep doing it until she stops moving and relaxes, keep in the same spot until she relaxes before moving onto the next body part. As long as she is moving you keep going, horses learn from the release of pressure so if you stop while she is moving then you have taught her to move and you will stop. That was a very simplified explanation but I hope it helps.

Teaching them to hobble is also a good tool to have but it must be done correctly, or it will just create a wreck.
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post #13 of 18 Old 08-03-2013, 11:32 PM
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Had this happen to my girl yesterday. Left her tied for 5 mins, come back and she's loosened the rope and got her front leg over it. She was more confused then scared, backed up as far as she could and then waited for me to rescue her. When she was a weanling she was brat about picking her feet up so I used the rope a lot to teach her to pick them up and hold them. She's not had an issue since with having things around her legs.
One thing I've seen a lot is people panicing and running toward a horse that's tangled to help. Never run, it can panic the horse more.
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post #14 of 18 Old 08-04-2013, 12:31 PM
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Faydesmom is spot on with her post. I did this with my donkey. I can picket him to graze while I sit in the shade & have never had a problem. I wold never leave him picked out, but just far enough away for me to sit in the shade & read while he gets his grazzing time. I have seen him get all four feet wrapped & very slowly pick each one up & hold it till the rope slid off. It's also made driving training so much easier!

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post #15 of 18 Old 08-04-2013, 01:38 PM
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I think you also have to be careful of the laws, I've heard that hobble training in some European countries is considered animal abuse and of course is illegal.

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post #16 of 18 Old 08-04-2013, 01:45 PM
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I wholeheartedly second (or third LOL) hobble training.


Another good thing to teach a horse is a solid verbal "whoa". I've had horses get tangled in all sorts of things and the only thing that saved me and them from a catastrophe was me loudly saying "WHOA". That made them freeze and just hold there until I could get things sorted out.
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post #17 of 18 Old 08-04-2013, 10:37 PM
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I also think their is an element of the horses personality. I have a mare who got tangled in some down wire during a ride. She is a steady eddy who when frightened or unsure will stop and stand still (her spooking is literally her stopping and staring at things its amazing). During the ride she felt the wire, stopped, backed up to loosen the wire, picked up her leg and carefully shook the loose wire off and then marched on. She was not trained this way she was born this way. As a weanling she got loose in our chicken enclosure and stood next to the fence until I was able to separate the fencing for her to get out.

Her half brother on the other hand is a whole other ball of wax. I have spent the last two years trying to teach him to stop and look at things when he is frightened and to not just run blindly into the woods screaming his fool head off. If he got caught in anything he would have an epic melt down. I can easily see him throwing himself down if caught in something and frightened. Hobble training might be an option, but I am not familiar enough with the process to do it. I am also not confident enough in it to know what to do if a horse was to throw himself down to the ground during training. For him, I stay on marked paths and leave the off roading to his sister. Hobble training is great but you need some experience with hobble training before you do it.
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post #18 of 18 Old 08-05-2013, 12:40 PM
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Definitely a good skill for a horse to learn. My horse came to me already well desensitized to ropes (among other things). The other day he ended up stepping through his reins (long story) and I was very proud of him for just stopping and letting me untangle him without freaking out, hitting himself in the mouth with the bit, or breaking the reins. One day I'd like to hobble train him; with his personality I don't think it would be too difficult.
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