Re: Need suggestions for training
Posted by Gail Ivey on 4/21/2016, 4:34 pm, in reply to "Need suggestions for training"
A search is a great way to start if they haven't had the search scared out of them. As you may have heard someone say, if nothing changes, nothing changes, and sometimes when you set up a search, they get stuck on one idea. |
For now, do nothing at all with them except what you have to do to handle them, and just start giving them the idea of letting go of a thought. It doesn't matter at first if they have to move their feet or not if they can just let go of one thought and pick up another if you get in the middle of their thoughts. There's a real fine line to that, which I know you know about because of Merlin, where they can move their feet and still be troubled, or they can be still and still be troubled, so I wouldn't care too much about the feet moving unless it was needed to let go of a thought, and only if they TRULY let go of it to make that move. If they go to move the feet without letting go of the thought, I'd probably shut that down, but if they just stood there all tight and braced and not letting go of the thought, I'd probably not allow that to be, either.
You might also consider starting all of your work from their right sides, since they most likely will let down quicker on that side than they will on the left side, depending upon whether or not the left side was where they were usually handled from.
So, just start with letting go of a thought to find another and do something with it. If they have more trouble with you up close than on a longer line or loose in the round pen, start with where they are most comfortable. Use a flag for petting them, but you know all the caveats about using a flag. They can tell you where all their trouble is, and you can start in those spots a little slower than you would in the places they're not so troubled.
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