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Day 4 – Hanging Out With Your Horse

Day Four
Hanging Out With Your Horse

Today you get to start putting some of your knowledge into action or start to work on the 3rd stage of learning – Transformation!  

Watch the videos in this lesson and then you will be instructed on what to do with your horse today. 

PS. Warwick mentions in this video about the type of horse that you might not need to do this with (he mentions it might be detrimental), however, if you have that type of horse, we are just going to do it outside of their pen.  In this case, we will just be focusing on you and your ability to go out and hang out without any intention or expectation. 

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I am already confused. I have been watching days 1 – 3 which seems like information, all good stuff. However now on day 4, creating connection by hanging out I understand but the video has you already with a haltered horse. Also you refer to play lists but I don’t see videos to watch. Have I already missed a step?

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) December 5, 2023 at 9:54 am

Theres no halter in the creating connection by hanging out video. There are haltered hoprses in the Rituals of connection video, which shows ways to keep connection later on. What play lists can you not find?

Reading the alchemy of lightness to valor under the stars :)

creating connection with my youngster is going well – I want to get a telescoping flag. I’ve been using a scarf tied on to a dressage crop

Working with our 8 year old paint mare who is lacking confidence/trust and communicating her stress/tension through pushy behaviour and nipping/biting, especially with my 13 yr old daughter who is her primary handler. We are going back to foundations with her and starting with connection. We were planning on hanging out with her on the outside of the fence to begin with…just want to clarify….as I hear you saying that this exercise could be detrimental with a pushy horse.
We had planned on starting by using a round pen to hang out as she is in a large herd and the weather has been both wet and muddy and then quick freezing creating poor footing…a definite deterrent to walking over to the fence.

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) January 16, 2024 at 4:07 pm

“We had planned on starting by using a round pen to hang out”
yes, just stand on the outside.

I started hanging out with my horse in the field. After a few minutes he walks up to me, I put my hand out and he puts his muzzle in my hand. After a few scratches, he turns and takes off bucking a squealing. He will then come back and repeat the same behavior. Is this “normal”? How should these hang out session “end”? Should I walk away before he does or leave his pasture after he runs off?

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) March 5, 2024 at 7:48 pm

“After a few minutes he walks up to me, I put my hand out ”
That is not hanging out, that is asking for something. What does he do if you don’t try to initiate an interaction, but instead just hang with him?

I have been watching a lot of your videos on you tube and just recently joined your club. I got my horse about 3 summers ago. I have known since I got her home she’s not as well trained as I thought but being in a hurry to keep up with my trail riding buddy’s we just went onward. I was told she was a cold back horse and generally just needed to be warmed up. Last fall it seemed like her cold back was more present then before with the fall cool weather moving on. So this winter I decided enough is enough. This horse has a horrible foundation on her and needs to be fixed. I watched all your videos in the archives on a buck in horse. And yes I think she is just scared of things. Mostly things that touch her. For three summers I have not been able to tie my coat on the back of the saddle .j just quit doing things that scared her. I knew better .so we have had a nice mild winter this year and perfect time to fix these things I am following you as closely as I can. I love your methods and am learning every day how to be more more present and trying to let her know I get it. Thanks there is so much to learn.

Starting this process with my mare and I’m ready to fully commit to it. I started out today just sitting in the field she is in with her 2 other pals. I was reading and listening to your podcast. Is it ok that there are other horses out there too? I don’t really want to grab her and separate her, because this leads to some anxiety, and then I’m still going out into the field and asking her for something. I feel safe in the field with the three horses, but want to be sure I don’t have to separate her first.

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) April 23, 2024 at 11:03 am

Yes, that’s perfect, great work!

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