Hope you guys enjoy this one....seems like a fun summer activity.

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Comment by Peggy Hogan on July 30, 2009 at 10:11am
Hey Deb,
The first two in the video are getting more comfortable. The buckskin and pinto at the end are new to the process, so I showed them at the beginning stage.

In this video our goal was to stand and choose to take the bath INSTEAD of eating the grass. I could have asked them to stand while being tacked up, stand while having their feet done, whatever. But they made an active choice to leave the grass alone and participate in the training, and yes, I paid them with treats for their efforts.

I supposed with other forms of training one might say: my horse will take a bath as long as he is cross-tied, tied up with a single line, has lots of room to drift around online cause he can't stand still, as long as I swing my rope towards his nose/hind end/whatever to keep him in place, (in extreme cases) as long as he is twitched, sedated, whatever. So many people don't see that they use "as long as" in their everyday training, it just doesn't look that way to them.

So in my case, I had 2 horses at liberty. Catching their eagerness to participate was my goal and I used more "treats" than usual. With my mare, she had been in that yard only once, her paddock is totally empty of grass and she still chose to stand and get bathed, at liberty, without eating the grass.
That's a great deal of effort and cooperation on her part but you'll notice I did less treating with her.

If your sister's mini doesn't like a bath, I would love to help her with a training plan to make it easier. I sure wouldn't start by challenging her to leave the grass alone at first...LOL.

Lots of people are expressing interest in attempting the training. I'm hopeful they'll go the distance, because learning that your training goal can be that interesting to your horse without the use of pressure techniques is a valuable tool.

Thanks for asking!! Pass the word on....
Comment by pony gal on July 29, 2009 at 10:04pm
How cute! I like your contest idea. Looks like your horses are used to getting a bath or is it as long as a treat is involved? My sister's mini does not like baths. Do you have many people entering your contest so far?

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