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post #21 of 30 Old 12-03-2014, 03:38 PM Thread Starter
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this is a pic I pulled off the net, but this is his typical look.... worried, aggressive, relaxed...? I've seen multiple explanations for this blanket expression he gives
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post #22 of 30 Old 12-03-2014, 04:01 PM
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That look reminds me of a kid who just got a whooping and is trying to come up with a way to deal with this situation where he can have his cake and eat it too.Left brained indeed.He looks conflicted.

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post #23 of 30 Old 12-03-2014, 04:04 PM
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That's a horse who thinks too much. He is conflicted and not having a leader is extremely worrisome to him.

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post #24 of 30 Old 12-03-2014, 04:28 PM Thread Starter
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I'm assuming continued consistent firm work will produce a happier horse?
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To me it looks like a bored horse.

Hard to read unless you can see the whole body.
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post #26 of 30 Old 12-03-2014, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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I'd be really surprised if he was bored considering the past couple days
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post #27 of 30 Old 12-03-2014, 04:34 PM Thread Starter
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conflicted i can believe... He doesn't seem to know what in the world is going on. I wonder if he's ever had love and discipline from the same person.
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He is still figuring things out. His world just got rocked.

With thinking horses though, its like whack-a-mole. You put down one thing and it tends to pop up elsewhere. Same disease, different symptom. Time will show you what his needs are.

I would suggest being firm but patient. Reward the try and set him up to succeed in what you ask of him. Start small and build upon the successes he already has.
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post #29 of 30 Old 12-05-2014, 05:54 PM
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I see a horse that's in a quandary, not sure what to think or do. Jenn, as you teach something new and the horse reacts, ask him to do something he is familiar with then ask again. When horses react to something new it's because we've asked for too much and need to break it in to smaller segments. Many of us use a 12' rope with some heft to it and are able to easily control it but I've seen many who seem to be at a complete loss at how to twirl it or avoid getting tangled in it. If you're not handy with the rope, stay with the lunge whip.



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post #30 of 30 Old 12-05-2014, 09:46 PM
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You have a good start. I will caution you-I think you said you have kids? and he is "gentle" with them? DO NOT TRUST THIS HORSE. I have been working with mine (similar issue) for 3 years and between myself and 14 months total with 2 trainers working with me he is much improved-but he is a horse I will NEVER trust 100%. This would not be a horse I would ever consider being a kids horse. That is just my opinion. Consistency is the key. And everyone who handles him has to be consistent. Many times these guys will continue to test at times….like when they have someone new, or have not been actively handled recently. Good luck, but I would highly recommend if you can get help-do it.

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