I’ve got a 3 year old I’ve been working with (Boss) for about six weeks now and he knows me pretty well. I going to show you a strategy that works very well on the horse’s back, and that is, to go back and forth in front of the scary object until they stop looking at it. It usually works pretty fast and we’ll find out in this little segment here (video below). I am going to do it on the ground I am going to ask this colt to trust me even if he’s worried about it. Let’s just see how much he trusts me…
I’m happy with his progress here and even though he is worried about it, he is really trusting me that it’s not dangerous. The way I want him introduced, is that I don’t want to “make” him go up to it – I want him to go up to it on his own without me telling him to and for him to be curious about it. But I’m not going to force it on him. This is the first time I have done anything like this with him. You’ll see I am casual in the way I loosen his feet up, bringing him towards me, and if he wants to hide from it behind me, it’s ok.
Go ahead and watch the segment and tell me what you think of how it works for you and if you have success with this strategy. I hope this helps you. Thanks,