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post #21 of 22 Old 09-21-2015, 12:03 AM
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I thought thats what it meant but I've never heard that term for it. Thanks

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post #22 of 22 Old 09-21-2015, 12:13 AM
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Originally Posted by Goldilocks View Post
She has figured out how to stop me chasing her
Yeah that's great, that obviously you figured out a way of being less confrontational, clearer, must have been better with your timing & 'release' & so made it possible for her to 'figure out'! I don't mean to 'rain on that parade' in the least, was just trying to point out it's not the 'methods' so much, but how & why you use them or don't, that makes the biggest difference.

Unfortunately it is so common for someone to see something like this & try it without understanding, to bad results. Big reason why I have a problem with 'chasing' horses in small, inexcapable enclosures, and have a problem with 'Join Up' in general - not that it CAN'T be done well, but that it generally(IME) is done badly with too much misunderstanding, bad timing, etc. Mind you, I do think the whole theory of 'Join Up' as spouted by MR is faulty on a number of points too tho....

I've had horses for over 15years and broke them for several now too. ... Horses are fickle and will fall out of routine very easily when it suits them.
Have a little faith people.
Afraid asking for 'faith', that you've been training horses for years, but couldn't catch one, or work out round pen principles for 2.5 years is a bit much for me personally, sorry.

Interesting that you find horses 'fickle' - that's not a word I'd use. I find them pretty predictable and creatures of habit generally. Learning & thinking about equine psychology & the behavioural principles at play, behind various 'methods' will help you become more effective in whatever 'methods' you apply, and probably lead to much less 'fickle' results too. Hope that's given you some helpful 'food for thought'.
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