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Drive/Draw Balance

Drive/Draw Balance

We have touched on this topic before, but here is a video on it.  You might already know where your horse falls on this scale, but it will be important information in the groundwork that is coming your way.

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Gena Welch-Booher avatar Gena Welch-Booher March 9, 2024 at 11:41 am

My mule seems to be pretty polarized.. she can be in HIGH drive, or she can be in Draw, not to the point where she runs over me, but to the point where she can almost be a pest while I’m working in the padock. So, we tone down and work on muting…?

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) March 9, 2024 at 1:32 pm

“while I’m working in the paddock”
Doing what?
If its something that you need your full focus on, just tie her up while you are doing it, otherwise make being at least as aware of her as what you are doing, a priority.

Thank you. Fortunately, she’s not running over me.. she’s giving me space. I teach, and will be retiring soon The progress I’ve seen since Friday afternoon (I was able to let go of all my work-related tension, and be so much more present for the animals!) is so encouraging. She lets me know she likes being around me, and likes the attention. Being a mule, she’s also very clear with me in terms of when her brain is full, for that session!

It’s interesting. I often think of my mustang Eli, as swinging back and forth from one extreme to the other. But as I watched this video and reflected, in terms of safety concerns, he’s much more draw than drive. He might leave initially for a wee bit, but when he returns he is right in my face and sometimes he pushes his shoulder at me.
When I first got him he was still quite wary of the human world, so I really focused on connection and relaxation. And was quite successful with it to the point where I’ve had to work rather hard to find that balance between drive & draw. What are some videos that are specifically focused on working on drive?
I so appreciate all these videos Warwick!

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) March 21, 2024 at 10:43 am

Working through a fence
The flow chart
The focus and Bend

Thank you!

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