There is no reason for a horse to be afraid of the girth. Introduce it in little steps and associate it with something the horse wants, such as midline belly scratches. Managing perception is the key.
Blankets are simple. We want to turn them into signals that something good is about to happen.
The subtasks in blanketing include targeting nose, then withers, to the blanket; being petted with the blanket, and emotional conditioning to give a positive spin on wearing the blanket.
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We are about to want to introduce some tack, so let’s first train the horse to stay put while we work around him. The hardest part for the horse is to notice the rope. The hardest part for the human is to put it on a variable schedule of reinforcement to make the behavior durable.
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Prepare the horse to understand single sided leg pressure as a cue to move it’s hind legs laterally. This is the matching element to the one-rein stop we will be installing in Task 55.
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Install this power steering unit from the start. The front legs move laterally in response to a neck rein cue. This is how we turn the horse while walking forward.
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We are going to teach the horse to discriminate between types of rein pressure. We want lateral direct pressure to mean only bend your neck. This sets the horse up for riding with accuracy. Bending the neck without moving the feet will help solidify a one-rein emergency stop when the time comes.
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Riding from the ground is fun for the “rider” and the horse. Practice this simple exercise to get control and eliminate resistance. Riding from the ground will also tell you safely where the potential danger zones are while you are still safely on the ground. It won’t hurt to do a lot of this.
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We prepare for riding from the ground, by first helping the horse understand the human is only a little weird, but still fun to play with. Be aware that you are violating that good leading behavior you worked so hard to get in basic training. The key is making the hand on the back the signal that a different behavior will be rewarded.
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We want the horse to understand the two cues that typically mean move in a rearwards direction: lead rope pressure and a verbal “back”. In this task, we focus on the lead rope or rein pressure Installing a low latency response to a rein pressure cue will make your horse much safer to ride.
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Whoa means stop, not slow down. Making it a fun game helps the horse recognize and instantly respond to the cue. This is vital for a saddle horse.
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