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[RC] [Guest] time/affecting the horse - Ridecamp Guest

Jan Mutchler jmutchler@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

I certainly agree with Erica and Frank that time is needed for "molding" a
horse to you, and you to them to gain that coveted partnership.  However, in
the meantime, actions can be taken to help a horse such as Barbara's.  This
lady has had her horse 13 months and has been putting time into him.
Spooking and despooking is an issue for a lot of us. As a kid, I remember my
Mother putting all kinds of "spooks" in the farmyard to help despook our
horses.  Anything that clanked, flapped, whizzed or burped was fair game and
found itself in the farmyard as a despooking agent.  We didn't do this
procedure just once with a horse - it was numerous times until the horse
became comfortable in those spooky surroundings.  Then, we would start all
over with new things that were spooky.  It helped a lot, but was a lot of
work to set everything up(I always had to put everything away after each
session).  So, maybe we don't do enough preparation work on our horses?
Could this problem be about a more thorough preparation process before we
even hit the trails?  Just more thoughts...

Jan Mutchler



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