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THE BAMBOO POLE METHOD OF WILD HORSE GENTLING


The Bamboo Pole method of wild horse gentling was developed by John Sharp of Prineville, Oregon, back in the early part of the 20th Century. His grand-daughter, Kitty Lauman, has perfected this technique and uses it on a regular basis in the horse training business that she and her husband, Rick, operate. The Laumans also teach clinics, where people can come and learn from them first-hand.

The Bamboo pole method is a very effective method of making safe, early contact with a wild, unhandled, or spoiled-unsafe horse, that most people can learn relatively quickly, and can use within the BLM-reg 20 x 20 foot pipe panel pen that most adopters start out with. No round pen is required. In fact, the corners of the pen are used to advantage within the bamboo pole method, providing the horse a feeling of relative safety. The pole works by making the pole an extension of your own arm, so you can reach out and touch the horse from a safe distance.

Learning to use the bamboo pole to make early contact with a wild horse is something that nearly everyone can learn, but it does need to be studied to be most effective. I strongly recommend Kitty Lauman's video "From Wild To Willing" produced by Video Mike, that very clearly teaches how to use this method. Here are a few still shots from their video:


Kitty Lauman:
FROM WILD TO WILLING

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An Alternative to the Pole: Patricia Barlow-Irick's "Mustang Taming Stick" (also made from Bamboo)

 

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FROM WILD

TO WILLING

Step 1:Start at the withers

Reward when the horse looks at you

Gradually work the whole body - keep a safe distance at first

Final stage with pole only: doing the underside and lower legs

Introducing a rope by attaching it to the pole

Draping the rope over the other side

Getting up closer

Transitioning to actual touching

Using a flag for extra energy and/or de-sensitization. The horse learns he can handle the flag, so he feels more confident, less fearful.
 

 

PAGES IN GENTLING AND TRAINING SECTION:
Horse Psychology 101
Pressure and Release

Connecting
Just Spend Time
Bamboo Pole Method of Gentling
Desensitizing, Rope and Flag Work
Clicker Training & Related Operant Conditioning
       and Positive Reinforcement Training
Get Professional Help
Case Sudies
Video Examples
Adventures of a Volunteer Halter Trainer
Raising Orphan Foals
Basic Ground Work:
Catching
Leading and Standing Still
Respecting Your Space
Backing up
Forward Movement
Shoulder & Hindquarter Control
Trailer Loading
Working With Feet


Kitty Lauman:
FROM WILD TO WILLING

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