Everytime he lays down it’s a gift to me. (Sorry for the quality of this picture, it’s a screenshot of a video I recorded for my YouTube channel). ❤️
Jacks is 9 months old so the last thing I want to do is rush things. We’re working on bonding and trusting eachother. I want him to be comfortable when I’m around him but I also want him to know that he needs to respect distance. That’s not a “heavy” exercise and helps to learn him where the boundaries are. When he’s being pushy I ask him to back up by just walking towards him. When he backs up I give him a reward, this can be a hug or a treat. I can already notice that Jacks is a sensitive horse and reacts really fast. But he needs to learn a lot! R+ works good for him. When he does something good I reward him, when he does something bad I ignore it. And laying down next to me is the present I get back. Actually I work the same with Yakari. 🌿
I’m not a person that uses R+ all the time. When a horse reacts good to it I use it. R+ works really good for tricktraining and horses that are insecure or sensitive. So no I’m not a person that only focus on this method or a complete maniac of R+ (You get what I mean). 😌
Small, big, cute, massive, sweet, arrogant, confident, insecure.. It doesn’t matter, every horse needs to learn manners. Normally it happens in the herd. The stallion or the mare corrects the young ones or the lower ones in rang. For our horse we are their herd, we are the ones that needs to correct him or her. There are a lots of ways to do that and every horse reacts different to corrections.