You have to START with the stimulus/response, then add the word, then drop the stimulus. Basic animal training. Do you have a dog training facility in your town? If you can find one, go observe some puppy training classes.
Ok thanks I will have to look into it, Im not too familiar with puppy training.
She was acting playful and happy, she swung her head down to buck, and then kicked up. If she had been kicking AT you, her head would have been up, and she may have pinned her ears. PLUS, that pen is so small, she might not have missed.
Oh I see. Good point thanks. Now I know!
And glad to hear that when I swung the rope after (2secs) she didnt see it as a correction because it wasnt applied right away. Well I hope she didnt take it as a correction! What do you think?
And very glad that I didnt whip her on the butt because had I done that, that would have sent a very bad message to her, am I right? Cause all she was doing was playing and she got corrected for it.
See, this is why Im not a fan of the barn not letting us let our horses loose in the indoor arena (even outdoor). This is one thing that I often liked to do while at the old barn, let her loose in the arena so she can sniff around, mosey around and get her bucks and kicks out.
Its actually really cute watching her take off from a standstill. She is like a little fireball haha. I really enjoyed watching her do this on her own at the old place.
It is really unfortunate that the BO doesnt allow this. HIs reason is that the horse can get injured or injure another horse if they were to be tied up in the tach area. Perhaps a liability issue for the barn itself, but still! We should be allowed to turn our horse loose in the arena! I just dont understand how this is not permitted here.
They may say "well shes already out in teh field anyways, she can run there anytime" Yes she can, but I highly doubt I will ever see my mare taking off back and fourth across her field like a firecracker for 4 or 5 minutes non stop while bucking with her herd mates there. If her herd leader saw that, he might go after her hard and try to get her to settle down. In the arena, I think if anything, its a bit more encouraging for horses to let loose and get their energy out because no other horse is around.
IMO is it NOT very important to have your horse let loose every now and then and get all their energy out? I think it is.
You saw it in yesterdays video. She had a ton of energy held up inside her, thats why she kept going fast. If I had access to the arena and was able to turn her loose, I would have done this, THEN bring her into the roundpen and I would have seen a much more relaxed mare.