Join Date: Oct 2014
Location: North County San Diego
• Horses: 0
huge success (and a bit of a rant)
So last thread I talked about being kicked at while feeding one of the rescue horses and how the owner refused to train the horse to behave.
Well I had a talk with her, helped by the fact that she believed me looking at other rescues to work at meant I was leaving her place (it didn't but I let her believe that) and I got the green light to start basic training of some of the horses including the one that kicked at me.
I don't have my training lead rope yet so I just wanted to work on food aggression and backing out of my space today.
I put his food outside the pen and entered and of course he's all over me, wouldn't step back, etc. So I swished the whip at him and of course he flipped out and started running and kicking. All expected. I got him to the other side of the pen and blocked him off and eventually he quieted down and stayed still. He lowered his nose so I went to get his food. Then he started following me so we started again. More of the same until he was quiet. Again I went to get his food and he immediately came at me so out it went. He wasn't real pleased with that and we basically had to start from step 1. Got him quiet at the other side of the pen, got his food, stayed in front of it, horse stayed still..... lowered his head... I left the pen and let him eat. To me this is a huge success for day 1.
Then later working on backing him up. I don't think anyone ever taught him this because he had no idea what to do when I walked into his space. Working with a red flag at the end of a dressage whip I followed Ian Leighton's video and after 5 minutes of work got him to back out of my space w/o using the whip one time. Praised and petted him and let him be. That was enough for day 1.
I'm now ok to show up every day to work the horses a little bit to improve their manners. Whether she'll let me work on her "babies" (her favorite horses) we'll have to see.
If I can get all the horses at this rescue to behave properly I'll be a happy happy person and though I'm sure she'll grumble about it and point out my training shortcomings I think even the owner will find it hard to argue with success.
Oh... I didn't include the rant... oh well, I can let it go.