You can use tap, as Dreamcatcher does, but FIRST you have to get the response you desire. Don't just start tapping and keep on. Tap, then run your hand down her leg, and get her foot picked up, let it go immediately, back up. (Reward for picking up foot). Then tap, give her a second, run hand down leg to pick up foot, let go immediately, back up.r(reward for picking up foot). See the "give her a second" part? That lets her think about it, trying to connect the tap and the reward somehow.
When she connects the two without you running your hand to pick up the foot, THAT deserves a cookie!
Ok but I did it just a bit different today, tell me if this is ok. I did it how Dream suggested.
Tapped her leg, I then did run my hand down her leg but only from the knee down. Then as soon as she makes the effort to lift her foot off the ground, I let go, say good and praise her. Shes really good in lifing once my hand gets closer to her hoof. I didnt pick up her hoof becuase remember Im starting off small. As soon as the hoof comes off the ground, even if just a bit, shes rewarded.
Now, the only mistake I made was that i started with one leg then tried it on all 4. Should I be sticking with just one leg?
I ended up getting her to do it 5 times then we stopped. There were a couple times where she would pick up but paw instead and I was fotunately able to pick up on this quickly and I had to be really careful not to reward her for that.
As far as what is too loud.....I rarely get frustrated with my horses, but I WILL get loud. I have a lot of mares. It is like teaching un-potty trained Kindergarteners with teenaged hormones EVERY SINGLE DAY.
Ok so getting loud in your voice is indeed fine then.
Also, I think she already caught on with lowering her head now when being haltered! I did it right this time. Went to catch her, put the lead around her neck, put the halter up to her nose, then lowered it, (she immediately smelt the carrot), as soon as her head went down, I gave her the carrot while verbally praising her and putting on the halter, then physically praised her. Is this right?
Cause later when I went to rehalter her in the roundpen, (unfortunately i didnt have a carrot this time to reward her), I put the halter up to her nose and she lowered her head right away. I still praised her but no treat, I felt bad. Next time ill have one.
Feeding her the cubes was great, shes getting better in standing quietly. I still have to back her up a couple times, but then she sees that if she keeps trying to get to the food behind my back, she gets backed up and I only present the food to her when shes standing quietly.