Monday, February 13, 2012
Tried endo tapping w cha'cote
Well, that was an interesting experiment. I thought I would try out endo tapping w cha'cote to see if I can get a 'calm down' cue for him for trailering. After watching the dvd I was intrigued and I found a small tennis ball that I was able to jam onto the end of a broken lunge whip. Even though he did it on the dvd with a lead rope and was using it to encourage the head to come down and also to keep the horse from walking off, and he also did it next to a wall so the horse could not escape sideways.....I decided to try it at liberty, just to see his reaction to the tapping. Cha'cote is a highly sceptical horse when it comes to objects, and also is high headed even when he is relaxed. He did show some skepticism when i approached him with it, but he didn't move, so I started tapping just behind his withers. He was curious as to what i was doing, but again didn't move. I used impeccable timing and released if his head even moved a millimeter. I tapped for a good 20 min or so, and while his poll never dropped quite to the level of his withers....he did fall asleep. Goofy boy. My arm got tired of tapping, so I showed him the ball and his eyes bugged out of his head. I did the usual retreat as he went to sniff it, and i had his head on the ground in about a minute.....i also was just tickling his whiskers for a cue and he would follow the ball down to the ground......i found that really interesting. I tried tapping him on his legs to see if i could get a response leaning toward picking them up at all.....nothing. Then i tried tapping on his croup, and he instantly started stepping back n forth with the hind legs....so i started to alternate the tapping on top of the hips with the leg i figured would likely be picked up next and within a few minutes i had him kinda baby piaffe-ing on the hind end. i stopped there because i don't want to mess him up for further lessons and i was basically just goofing around to see what his reaction would be. i finished the session having him follow the ball and play stick to me and i just love how he is so bonded to me. we sat for a while w him nuzzling my hair and neck and rubbing his chin on me. he is such a good boy. so that was my first endo-tap session, and now i will just ponder the results.