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Motivation

Post by Nancy Faulconer on Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:31 pm

How do you motivate your horse? Is it with treats? With a crop, whip or stick?

Have you thought about this from your horse's point of view?
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Re: Motivation

Post by Admin on Tue Mar 02, 2010 6:43 pm

What do you do when treats make them "treat crazy" and a crop makes them overly sensitive? I guess what that boils down to is either motivating force not being used in the appropriate way? Unclear boundaries? Both? I ride with people whose horses mug them constantly for treats and owners who never ride without a crop, and they're not afraid to use it.. Come to think of it, none of those folks have horses I'd consider to be "safe". Happy medium is the key?
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Motivation

Post by Nancy Faulconer on Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:43 pm

Now you are really grasping the concept! The horse who is constantly mugging his owner for treats does not view his human as an alpha leader. Same goes for the horse who is only responding out of fear of the crop. In order for a horse to view you, an inferior (physically) species, as a worthy leader, you must earn their respect.

Trust your horse to respond, and be ready to correct, not more one than the other. Reward with a treat when it is deserved, not just because the horse looks cute.
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Re: Motivation

Post by Admin on Wed Mar 03, 2010 4:46 pm

You will be available here for Parelli support, but is there any fun, simple respect lesson you may be able to describe that someone not familiar with Parelli can try?
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Personal Space

Post by Nancy Faulconer on Sat Mar 06, 2010 9:01 pm

A fun, simple exercise for personal space and respect is this:

Ask your horse to step away from you as you move into his space. If he does not, or worse yet, if he pushes into you, start doing jumping jacks.

This will usually surprise a horse into stepping back.

Something to remember: Pressure motivates, and release teaches. So, with this in mind, do the jumping jacks until your horse moves his feet away from you, and then quit.

After a few times, all you will have to do to have your horse back away from you is raise your elbows or your arms a little.
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