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Step 16 – Working Through the Flowchart

Step 16 - Working Through The Flowchart

Today is a bit longer – but it will be worth it!  The flowchart is such a crucial part of this process, that we’d like you to spend the time learning this.

At the beginning of the video, Warwick talks about clinic situations.  Now, all participants (with horses) at clinics are online video subscribers.  The FIRST thing that Warwick ensures with each participant at the clinic is Can your horse regulate it’s nervous system.  So, in otherwords, can they stand still and be present in this environment.  If you’ve ever wondered whether Warwick sticks to his guns about getting the basics right, this is where he walks the talk.

Because, at the clinics, unless the horse can show Warwick that it can stand still and be present, then that is all that pair will be doing UNTIL such time as the horse can achieve this.  So, they will be working on the flowchart until such a time that standing still and being present is easily achieved.  It has happened that this is the only thing clinic participants get to work on the entire weekend.

But, think about it.  Why would you want to skip over this and have Warwick (or you) try to teach your horse something if your horse is not going to retain it?  Even further, you would just be proving the opposite of what we’ve been trying to show your horse – that you are attuned to them.  If at this time, just because we are in a different situation, you decide to “not worry about it”, you are really letting your partnership down.  Please think about this in other situations where it might happen as well. 

If you have someone else in your household who would be willing to “act like a horse” for a bit, maybe ask them to play with you.  This will give you some practice before you get your horse on the end of the leadrope!  If so, practice a bit with your helper.  Then go out and try it with your horse. 

A reminder how to use this course: click on Mark Complete below and tomorrow go to Step 17

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This is the best presentation I have seen. Very very helpful. Thank you

Thank you for this visual! I have a very mouthy horse…what should I do if my horse has the flag in his mouth…today he was extremely drawn to it!

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) January 8, 2024 at 11:42 am

You will always be facing your horse and the flag will always be behind you when it’s not in action, so theres no chance of that happening.

I’ve really been looking forward to Steps 15 and 16, as I want to learn how to help my mare learn how to stand still and relax. This video has been immensely helpful. Several days ago we did the observation exercise. Over the course of 30 mins, she went from being hyper and distracted to much calmer and standing near me. The next day after watching this video, we tried the standing still and present flow chart. I used the flag a few times when she walked away and was able to draw her attention, and have her stand quietly. Went fairly well for the first try. Today I watched the video a third time and tried the flow chart again this afternoon. It was an exercise in ‘work with the horse you have today’. Totally different – she decided it was yee-haw rodeo time on the end of the lead rope (even though she lives outside in a large paddock)! She eventually walked and I was able to use the flag to get her attention and stop. When she got too close on two occasions, I tried creating energy bouncing on my toes and she backed up. I also tried walking along her side to the haunches, then turning around. I ended the session early, the best we could on a good note, when she was standing still and present even if it was momentarily. Now I understand your wise advice earlier in the course about ‘two steps forward, one back; no rush’. I’ll be focusing on Step 17 Common Problems for the next few days (and taking a break from working with my horse due to the cold snap -20C to -30C!). Thank you Warwick, for your insights and approach. We’re making progress.

This is a really useful video. Thank you ! 😊

How long do we stay still for? Dallas will stay still for about a 30 seconds but will get board and start eating grass. I will match steps with him while he eats but not sure how long im meant to do that for either.

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) January 27, 2024 at 10:58 am

I wouldnt match steps, id stand still, and when he hits the end of the lead rope redirect his attention back to you, then back up and draw him in.

My horse has been very fearful since I bought her 1 year ago. After doing these exercises she has improved dramatically.
If she is standing still in an area of the arena where she is anxious(spooky corner with equipment) and she starts to try to walk away to investigate with curiosity should I match steps or turn and lead away? I feel like I have been working so hard to remove the fear that when she gets curious I hesitate to take that opportunity away.

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) March 5, 2024 at 8:00 pm

Match steps with her

when backing up and drawing the horse into you, I feel like I am pulling on them to come towards me. Is that correct?

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) March 5, 2024 at 7:58 pm

No, If you are backing up faster than they are coming forward, either slow down or allow the lad rope to slip through your hands

Gena Welch-Booher avatar Gena Welch-Booher March 11, 2024 at 5:26 pm

In the past 24 hours, I have learned two things.
First… now I understand what my local mentor was doing when he was standing in a pen with a horse, and didn’t seem to be doing anything. He was showing the horse he was seen, heard, felt, and getting gotten.

Second… I learned that my sweet, sweet mare, that I got in 2005 as a 2 year old, is really, really good at ignoring me! We did some ‘creating connection through change of focus’ this morning. We need more of that!

I have a 2 year old filly that is exceedlingly brave. She has very little reaction to the flag if I wave it, to redirect her attention. I’m not moving the flag slowly, nor am I flapping it wildly. She just ignores it. She does want to engage with me very often, but, she has a tendency to be a little pushy, so I’ve worked on balancing out the drive and draw. Any advice for a horse that doesn’t really care about the flag?

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) March 29, 2024 at 9:44 am

Did you try it in the previous exercise (Creating Connection Through Change In Focus)?

Awesome video… now I just need to find someone to practice with 🤔 This is the third time I’ve watched this video and I’m sure it won’t be the last… it gets better each time!

What a great video!! I’m gonna have to watch it a few more times, but even after watching it once, it has answered so many questions already!

I am completely loving this work – just what I need to re-start my mule, who has been idle for 3 years – and no telling what happened to her before that (broke to ride and drive, pairs) Three months ago, she was skittish and would flee anything ‘new” or anything that might mean she was about to be tacked up and made to do something. I think this work is teaching me more than its teaching her.

She ‘gets’ new things quickly, (We’re doing ‘leading with energy’ and are almost consistent) and often does better the second day than how we left off, the first day. The level of trust has skyrocketed as we made it through the flowchart and then practiced leading with energy.

I am retiring, end of school year (end of may) and will have consistent time and ‘mindset’ to work with her, and with my 21 yr old mare who is a dream to ride… but till I started with the ‘connection’ work, I didn’t even realize how good she is at ignoring me!

This video and lesson is very helpful. I seem to need to work on this step for a bit before moving on with my herd.
I do have a specific question about my 3y/o filly. When I have her on the lead rope in the round pen or in the gravel drive way she is great at being still and paying attention to me. She will even do this when she is off the rope in the dry lot. However, when we are in the pasture or any place with vegetation I have to constantly draw her attention back to me with the lead rope or the flag.
Do I just need to be patient and keep repeating or is there a specific technique I should use for a youngster who seems to never be full!


Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) April 26, 2024 at 8:12 am

Just follow the flow chart, over and over

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