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Date Posted: 05:56:19 10/22/11 Sat
Author: Irene
Subject: I had similar problem
In reply to: Allison 's message, "Sounds like you are right" on 06:15:36 06/14/11 Tue

>Ileana,I had problems getting my friesian started...i trained him myself...he was so different from the hot horses I had always ridden in the past...that I almost gave up. He would stop to take a nap....while I was on him!
It was very frustrating. I fianally tried clicker training with him and have had amazing results! He is really agreeable to the work now and we are currently working on half steps.
>My trainers have witnessed him quitting second
>direction. They tell me the same thing, that he is
>just testing me and that he has a lack of respect for
>me. Which I can totally understand, I am not a
>trainer, so I don't have the same level of authority
>that they do. And he is VERY smart, and knows that
>it's me up there and not the trainers.
>But on a better note, I did have a very good "forward"
>lesson on him over the weekend. And we did go 2nd
>direction first and he did not try to quit on me going
>either direction. So I praised and praised and made a
>big fuss so hopefully this will be our positive
>starting point to build from. Thank you everyone!

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