Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Talking To Your Horse

Talking To Your Horse

today I'm or accelerant today I want to talk to you a bit about talking to your horse you know in order to get along we rolled horses you really have to understand the nature of horses and even a little bit about their evolution you know horses horses evolved on like wide open plains in northern Europe and there are social animal so they learn to communicate but because they grew up in wide-open Plains they could see each other they didn't necessarily need verbal communication you know they they could see each other they could read each other's body language so that was a lot easier and also they're a prey animal if someone's dinner so if they're very loud about what they did predators could find them a lot easier so what I'm getting at here is horses don't really talk to each other that much as opposed to say like a domestic peak they evolved in dark forests you know dense forests in northern Europe okay but they're also a social animals they had to learn to communicate but they couldn't see each other because the the forest was so dense so pigs have like 3738 something like that different chirps and grunts and noises they can make but if you ever looked at a pig how many facial expressions does a pig have it's just one they look like this all the time you know if the pig is happier the pig sad or whatever some of my horses have a lot of different facial expressions and they really read each other's body language and that's where a lot of people I see have trouble they you know I've had a lot of people tell me I you know I talked to my horse because that clinic so I'll advise people don't really talk to your horse the best horsemen I've ever seen do not communicate with their horses verbally you know you think about like the Masters that sort of stuff Rae hunt Tom Tom Dorrance those guys and talk to their horses here at this facility here awhile ago we had a buck brandman clinic was a four-day clinic where they started a bunch of horses and that with a lot of problem horses and bike Randleman didn't say a word okay a lot of body language involved anyway so clinics and ice telling people don't don't talk to your horse cuz I don't listen only people go no but but my horse listens to me you know and I don't want to you know rain on your parade but for the most part people who think their horses listen to them a totally off track you know I'll give you a good example I was at the clinic number of years ago and I was saying exactly this and there was a lady there she goes well my horse listens to me when I talk to him and I said okay what can you tell him to do and she said oh I can tell him to walk trot canter stop back I said okay well seeing you're standing still right now why don't you ask him to back up she goes okay so she shortens around up and pulls on the reins pretty hard rocks back on the saddle like this and goes back back back and you know what that horse did back up and so I was being kind of facetious and I said well that's amazing your horse backs up when you say back but but because your horse backs up when you say back and not because of the pull on the reins once you sit the reins on his neck and ask him to back up and she said okay so she dropped the reins on his neck and she goes back back back and she rocked backwards and forwards for quite a while and he finally took a step backwards and being facetious again I said well that's amazing he backed up when you said back but because he listens to your voice and not your weight in the saddle or anything why don't you just sit perfectly still close your eyes fold your

arms and ask him to back and she said okay and so she said perfectly still fold her eyes closed fold arounds closed her eyes and she said back back back back out Celeste why aren't you back you never forget the horse's name was Celeste and she actually smacked it on the neck she couldn't believe Celeste wasn't back in so do yelling I'm getting out here so you know most people that think their horses listen to what they say it's not listening to what they say had this conversation recently with a lady and she was saying no my horses will trot when I say trotting Kenna when I say candor and I asked her how she taught it and she taught it the right way she said that the word first and the reinforcement came later if you're going to teach a horse a cue anything whether it's a verbal cue or whatever it is if you use the cue first and the repercussions second you can teach them to move off the first cue whether it's like doing the groundwork if you've got sights the end of your lead rope or your training stick or whatever you've got if you point first and then use that second it's pretty soon when you point the horse will go to avoid that but if you point and wave them at the same time you can do that for two years I've seen you know hundreds of people come to clinic so the horse does really good groundwork but they can't get him to go off a suggestion it's always off the threat because they didn't never separate the two that make sense anyway so I was talking to a lady here recently and sounds like she had taught her horse to do things properly listen to a proper and I had said to her that I'd read somewhere that horses can have a vocal rate and ocol you know they can learn seven to nine words I think it is whereas a dog can learn forty to some of that and she said I know my horse is no more than seven or nine words they know a lot more and I said well what what words do they know what do they know she said oh I can you know she sit down if I go out in the pasture and I say I take their blanket out there I can say put your head in it or if one to pick up their foot I can say pick up your foot or if I wanted to go in the barn I can say go in the barn and I said really that's amazing I said can you tell me those three things again and she said sure she said I can tell him to stick their head in it or I can tell him to pick up their foot I could tell him to go in the barn and I said do you realize that each one of those things you just did you had a big movement for it I said I'll tell you what I will believe you that your horse listens to what you say try this when you go home because you're sure your horse is listened and she goes yeah they speak they listen to my words I said okay what I want you do is go home take the blanket walk up to your horse and say pick up your foot and right there the blood drain from the face because she realized he's not going to pick up his foot you know I mean so I said what I want to do is I want you to put the blanket in front of his face and say pick up your foot I want you to point at his foot and say get in the barn okay I want you to point like that and say put your head in the blanket and see if he actually listens to your body language or listens to what you're actually saying and right then she knew she didn't have to go home and try it she realized she only thought her horse listen to what she was saying her horse was listening to her body language anyway you know when horses think about a lot of people are going to say yeah but horses talk a lot you know I hear my horse talk long time your horse is not usually telling another horse what to do they're not issuing a command or a request when they talk usually they're admitting their emotions like let's say this is a two year old stallion here let's say there's horses running up and down over there and he stuck his head in the air and he leaned at him he wouldn't be saying I want you to stop and stand there in the corner he'd be saying I wish I was over there with you okay does that make sense horses don't ask for things with voices you know with with vocalization they ask for things with body language I'll show you really quickly on him so this is a two year old Raider and I'm just starting to teach him to stop off the word whoa okay and I'll show you how I'm going to make teaching that and you know I've just spent ten minutes telling you that horses don't listen to your voice now I'm going to tell you you'll stop off the word well that's because I'm actually teaching him to stop off the word well as opposed to making you stop and saying well at the same time so what we do with these young reign is teach them to stop off the word well is I'll just write them down the fence and I'll probably do it at a trot here I'm just going to trot down the fence I'm going to say I'll show you what I'm gonna do I'm going to trot down the fence I'm going to say the word and write a second after I say the word I'm going to tip his nose into the fence which will cause him to stop and when you go the other way okay I'm going to be trotting so what I'm not going to do like this horse will listen to my body okay so what I'm not going to do is try it try it try it well because he'll be slowing down off my body not off the word walk so I'll trot down there and I will still be posting when I ask him to when I say the word so I'll just trot down here I'm posting posting posting Oh tippy snows into the fence just go the other way trot up here posting posting posting Oh Tippy's nosing in the fence go the other way trot down here posting posting posting oh and right then he just slowed down slightly I didn't stop many slowdowns like they want to set it and you just do this over and over and over oh wow there we go he just stopped notice I fell forward because I was still in the middle of posting I didn't make him stop off my body language anyway so just remember if you want to teach your horse something verbal make sure you ask that first and then do the thing that caused it to happen second don't do them both at the same time or or do them in reverse order you know I see a lot of people lunging their horse they got a whip and they go crack and to write the horse is not trotting because you said truck the horses trotting because you crack the whip at it if you can throw the whip away and say and trot and your horse trots right there without you changing your body language well your horse has learned how to to listen your voice but anyway for the most part horses don't listen to what you say they listen to your body language and what you do so just keep that in mind hope that helps so you guys next time

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