Wait

I've talked before about how I've been training Connor not to move when I park him somewhere and he's not restrained.  I've been using the same "wait" command that I use with the dogs.  We practice in the washrack or crossties with the pipe gates closed, and if he moves a single foot, he gets an "ah ah!" and put right back where he was before.

He's been doing well with it, and seems to enjoy being able to interact with me more - plus it makes my barn mates giggle to see him placidly stay where I put him.  Tuesday night I tried it during his bath for the first time.

Wild animal here, folks.

It couldn't have went better.  He loved being able to turn his neck and head and watch me bathe him, and didn't move a single foot.  When I got back up to his head and shoulder area, he turned his head to gently lick my arm while I sprayed him.

Not something I would do with every horse in every situation for sure, but it works really well for Mr. Social himself.

Allowed to sniff things within range without moving his feet. 

22 comments:

  1. So funny- I have been doing the exact same thing with Rory this week! I have been using STAY- like I do with dogs too!

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    1. That's so funny! Makes me feel better to know that an accomplished horse and dog person does the same thing.

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  2. I have worked with Diva, Bridger, and Mojito on ground tying, such a handy skill! None of them are near as cute as Conner when doing it though:)

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    1. Ah, I don't know about that, you've got some pretty cute horses! It really is a handy skill to teach.

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  3. I've always ground tied Mollie and she really loves it. Although sometimes I'm guilty of forgetting she's not actually tied, walk away, and start chit-chatting. If she does move it's typically in pursuit of food, but it's hysterical when I come back and she's STILL there. Everyone comments that their dogs don't even stay that well.

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  4. what a good boy! i don't usually tie Isabel either... but she doesn't really stand *still* and certainly can't be trusted if i walk more than a few steps away lol.

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    1. Yeah, I've had to work on it. I can see it being harder for some horses. Our dogs are the same way. They put one paw over the "line" between the dining and living rooms, and they get put back - no matter how many times it takes in the beginning!

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  5. Oh, fancy! I should try this with Miles ....

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    1. It's TOTALLY useful. Especially if your tack trunk is 20 feet across the aisle like mine and you forget gloves/whip all the time!

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    1. Definitely worth the time to install it!

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    1. He is. I take that for granted sometimes.

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  8. This exercise worked great with the farrier today:)

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  9. What a good boy! Suzie loves to just stand there too, so long as there isn't any food under her feet. :P

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    1. Awww! Yes, food is definitely an invitation to misbehave. I fed him in the washrack after his bath and before turning him out last night and had that issue.

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