Re: [RC] Spooky Legs - Becky Huffman
----- Original Message ----- From: Jerry & Susan Milam <milamj@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> My question to you veteran horse trainers is this: How can I work with
this > youngster on not freaking out when something hangs on to his feet
like a > vine or a piece of barbed wire like it did last year and he freaked
and darn > near bled to death on the trail. I should have asked this
It is SOP around here to routinely handle the babies (and new horses)
specifically on the legs, and specifically with things like ropes.
very briefly, I start giving some of their scratches with a rope in my hand
and can quickly progress to rubbing them all over with the rope. body,
head&neck, back, rump, belly and all legs from top to bottom, inside and
out. They are taught to give to pressure on the poll *and* the same on the
legs. The final result is that they will stand quietly with anything around
their legs, and even can be led by a rope around one leg, or allow a leg to
be lifted up by a rope.
I do all this before I attempt to hobble one, and generally, if they try to
move, a gentle reminder such as a verbal 'whoa' or a light tug on the lead
is all that is required to keep them from flailing around and possibly
Becky Huffman, Cleburne, Texas
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- [RC] Spooky Legs, Jerry & Susan Milam