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RE: [RC] Hollering horse - Dolores Arste

I ride a stallion and he is a very good boy, except that he hollers. Given
that he is such a good boy all the time. He never makes trouble, he never
drags me down the trail, he carries me safely no matter what other horses
are around. Because he gives me all this, I give him the hollering. I gotta
admit, sometimes its a bit disconcerting.

He was especially loud at a ride last weekend. The poor boy fell head over
heels in love with a Curley mare. I should have slowed down so we didn't
come into checks together but alas another rider error. So, I  came home
with a plan to quiet him at least at the holds. He is clicker trained, so
and he knows the head down command. For some reason, I didn't use the que to
calm him down. Probably too much excitement for me and I forgot myself. So,
we'll be practicing "head-down" ala John Lyons with the motivation of the

The horse is just being a horse. So, if the hollering bothers you, find
something else you can teach him to do instead of holler and ask him for it.
Head down is what use. I'll just be teaching myself to use it more
consistently. My guess is that if you ask him to lower his head to the dirt,
that will work even if you are on the trail.

Dolores Arste

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[RC] Hollering horse, oddfarm