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post #1 of 6 Old 06-17-2019, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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Near miss ground driving

This isn't a question, I just wanted to share how proud of my little pony I am!

My horse was an untrained freebie that I got with driving in mind. Because of all the fun things that can go wrong with driving, I'm doing my best to desensitize him. One of those ways I'm desensitizing him is getting him "tangled" in harness while ground driving and rewarding him if he stops and stands when he gets himself in a bind. Basically hobble training but more hardcore.

Well, he was pulling a tire around for the third or so time today, and got a leg over the trace. He's still very green, so he got confused and turned to look at the tire.

He felt that leg over trace, backed up, got even MORE tangled, and just when I thought he was going to jump sideways, he looked at me with a really pathetic look on his face, held his tangled leg up in the air and stood perfectly still as I untangled him. After I got his leg out from the trace, we went on his merry way and he didn't turn around again.

This is the first time he's ever got tangled in harness without me intentionally getting him wrapped up and he behaved perfectly. Even with a relatively new thing like having a tire behind him!

He may be very green, but he's got a level head and a willing temperament. I'm glad he remembers his training when he's in a bind! What a good boy!

Even if you never intend to use hobbles, hobble training can be a lifesaver!
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-17-2019, 12:08 AM
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Love! 😊
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-17-2019, 12:18 AM
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Very cool =D I love those moments.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-17-2019, 02:20 AM
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Hoorah for Pony!,,
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post #5 of 6 Old 06-17-2019, 06:30 AM
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Plus One for your good pony. Lots of horses (mine for example) would have reacted ... differently.

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post #6 of 6 Old 06-17-2019, 06:45 AM
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Good work! Itís why I always say WHOA as soon as the horse hits the weight of the pull the first time. That way, they learn that IT stops as soon as THEY do, so when they get in a pickle, they stop, rather than panic..... it is counter-intuitive for us (sounds like training them to do the wrong thing), but it works!
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