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Each time I asked her to cross after that she did it easier and easier. Pretty soon I was on her and crossing the ditch. In fact, as she was ready to step over the ditch I'd say "W-a-l-k" and she calmly stepped over the ditch. She saw she didn't have to rush over it. Plus, I don't want them rushing over it. I want them calmly doing their thing. It's another secret that when a horse moves fast doing anything, it automatically excites them. Thus, it's good to keep their excitement level at bay.
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How To Get Your Horse To Want To Do The Right Thing And Keep You Safer From Spooking Now, I want to talk more about reward and punishment - because it's REAL important to know how to do it so your purpose is achieved. Most people cringe when I say "punishment". I know the word makes lots of people wince. But what you should know is this. I don't advocate hitting, beating, whipping, or any other insane action. You're merely showing your horse that when he makes a wrong choice then there are "not so pleasant" consequences for it. Thus, if your horse is acting unfavorably then you definitely won't reward him for it, right? Right!!! So the only other thing is punishment. Or if you prefer an easier word, then let's use consequence. Consequence can be very mild such as no reward period. For instance, if your horse won't do something you're asking him to do, then he doesn't get petted. One of my most effective consequences to use is "goin' to work." If my horse doesn't do what I ask...and I know he knows what to do...and I know HE know's that I want him to do it...then it's time to go to work. We might do some figure eights. We may turn a few small circles one way and then the other. Or perhaps I'll double him.
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Whatever the consequence is, the horse needs to know his bad choice results in unpleasantness. So when your horse is slow to do what you ask of him, it's important he understands that he can do more than one thing - in other words, he has options. He can decide to do what you ask (walk over the ditch) or he can experience a smidge of unpleasantness (work). (Hey, maybe I'll try that on my kids!) Now when your horse does what you ask and he finds it a positive experience, then it builds his confidence and trust in you. If you consequence him from anger, then it leads to cruelty. This is BIG NO NO!!! If you haven't yet, you'll get frustrated with Mr. Horse at some point. Hopefully you will dismount and cool off before you do something you'll regret. (I've actually got emails from people who hit their horse over the head with a 2x4. What's worse, the way the told me the story, they felt they were justified. Sigh.) You see, ultimately, you are changing your horse's behavior. You're turning a negative response into a positive one. If you're gonna have a horse you want to depend on, your horse has to know he can depend on you. And that means being his friend.
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