Re: It's not about the water Archived Message
Posted by Tori on 3/8/2007, 12:06 am, in reply to "It's not about the water"
18.104.22.168 | Message modified by user Tori 3/8/2007, 12:15 am
yes, the disrespect is trained into them, fixing it requires a proactive approach. But adding more pressure and more conflict is not going to make a softer, lighter horse. Sometimes we need to step up and offer something out of the ordinary to get their attention, renew interest and perhaps inspire awe in a horse. Have you ever seen an unbroke colt watch somebody take off their hat or shirt for the first time? They ar pretty amazed to see another animal take off it's head like that, that sort of thing is real interesting. It is much easier to work with their curiosity and strong desire to get along than to try to use fear and force based solutions (which often create bigger and harder to fix problems in the long run)|
I should add there that timing and presentation have a whole lot to do with whether or not the water bottle would help gain a horse's respect. You wouldn't want to be holding onto a horse's face, looking them in the eye or anticipating/threatening with the bottle. It is more an element of surprise that helps gain the horse's attention. You know if you want to learn some of this stuff hands on, come out to one of these PERN volunteer days and we can show you, there are a whole bunch of different horses to learn with