Post by misspiggytheberk on May 12, 2018 12:16:15 GMT -5
I'm currently training my morgan gypsy vanner cross and I've noticed that she keeps forgetting most of what we've worked on. Everytime I work on sacking her out or going through the trail course I have to reteach her everything again. She was abused before I got her, and I am keeping that in mind, but everytime we go over something, itso like she just "forgets". By the end of each lesson, she does what I'm asking her to almost perfectly, but the next time we attempt it, it's back to the crazy stage. Tips?
Post by jerseyrose on May 12, 2018 14:18:56 GMT -5
Practice makes perfect.
I am currently teaching my mare the " go forward cue". Tapping the top of her hip and stopping only when her front foot makes a forward motion ( or step) I do some everyday and I swear she is either just stubborn or stupid!! ( I know she isn't either of those things) but it is taking her forever to pick this up. I have taught many horses to do this in advance of teaching them to load into a trailer , which is the reason I am teaching her now. I raised this mare from a weanling and she is 13 so I know how smart she is. One day it will click.
Your mare just needs more repetition. Why not just do some schooling on the problem spots every time you work with her, in addition to doing something she already knows so you don't sour her on it. Like with my mare it will eventually click for her.
Last Edit: May 12, 2018 14:19:32 GMT -5 by jerseyrose
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Post by heidialpine on May 23, 2018 20:22:12 GMT -5
Especially if she was abused, it will take a lot of time. I would suggest doing tons of ground work. It will help her build up trust. Try different ways of teaching her. Every horse learns different, so often times you need to play around to find what works best for them. I would also teach her to lower her head on command. By lowering a horses head, you are shutting down there flight instinct, and making them think. I would go through the trail course with her on the ground. That way if something is scary, YOU go first, and show her that it is safe. Any time she is being really reactive, lower her head, and just talk to her soft. And lots of praise when she act brave about scary stuff. Bring her out of her shell and give her some confidence. My mustang mare had a hard time before coming to me, and was always super anxious and spooky. After a bunch of ground work, she has come a long way. It just takes patience and time. Good luck!
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What kind of abuse did your mare suffer? I'd skip sacking her out and maybe do a little soft brush grooming before you start. What are her living conditions? It sounds like you have no problem being a leader and she listens but hasn't engaged herself in thinking things through. I would start little fun exercises that teach her to think and look forward to learning on her own. Example: Lay a big tarp on the ground in a round pen and put a bucket with a little sweet feed in the center. Let her take her time and figure out how to get the treat walking on the scary tarp. Or put her in a round pen with a very calm friend with some extra tasty hay flakes in the center and drive around with a beeping car or whatever rattles her cage. Horses are efficient and don't like wasting energy for nothing and she will quickly note her friend eating and leaping about isn't doing much good and perhaps the car is nothing to worry about. Keep giving her safe easy to master challenges with a treat involved and she will quickly start to look forward to learning things. I would also use the same release word in a gentle tone when she gets things right. You might even tie some helium balloons near her living quarters and bell her halter. I wouldn't push her to hard, just enough she is moving a little forward each day. Getting her to calmly think on her own is much faster than the many repetitions it would take for her to learn by rote even though to start with you'll be taking baby steps. Also try hard not to anticipate a bad reaction.
How do you know she was abused? Many horses have behaviors that lead people to assume they were abused when they were not. Example-I had a yearling filly get her head caught in the fence and she was nearly strangled. For years after that she became increasingly fearful and jumpy. You would have thought people had beat her bad. She was never mistreated. She was just an idiot. We often give horses abuse excuses. Sounds like she is either low IQ or she isn't listening to you.
Post by donna12345 on Jul 10, 2018 14:20:09 GMT -5
sometimes, leaving alone, if there was an issue. clear her head. she only need knows you as food ,friendly, walks. may take a year. then round pen. you will read how it is going. then ground work. BUT IN THE END , you will have a SOUL MATE!!!
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