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|Horse Psychology 101 I Just Spend Time I Pressure & Release/ Approach & Retreat I Connecting / "Round Pen" work I Bamboo Pole I Rope, Flag Work & Desensitizing I Positive Reinforcement: Operant Conditioning & Clicker Training I Get Professional Help I Case Studies I Video Diary of One Horse's Journey I Orphans|
THE BAMBOO POLE METHOD OF WILD HORSE GENTLING
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:
FROM WILD TO WILLING
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|An Alternative to the Pole: Patricia Barlow-Irick's "Mustang Taming Stick" (also made from Bamboo)|
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.
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FROM WILD TO WILLING
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