Reviewing Jac’s first week: Day Four

Episode 7 & 8 were both filmed on day four of training. Day three Jac had 1 hour and 20 minutes of training at Jac Day by Day Review Day 4the beginning, day four he has 1 hour and 50 minutes of training at the beginning. That means that day three Stacy worked Jac for 30 minutes.

Things are getting more refined; look at how focused Jac is on reading Stacy’s body language.

Episode 7

Can you see the difference between Jac asking a question (this episode) vs Jac declaring where he stands (episode 3)?

Can you see how, if the handler missed the questions being asked, the horse would stop asking questions?

Why would disengaging Jac’s hip on the ‘off-side’ improve him?

Episode 8

In the beginning of this episode Stacy says, “That’s not great but its kind of functional.” Do you accept answers that are close to right when training your horse? Can you see how that is ‘planting a seed’?

Are you subtle with your cues…even if you don’t think you will get the correct response? Can you see how being subtle and then backing it up allows them the chance to read subtle cues?


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  2. Carolyne Shaw on November 21, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Do you do exta work on an ‘off’ side to get it to match the ‘on’ side? and if yes at what point?

    • Stacy on November 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm

      Yes. At first I ‘plant seeds’…I can be over there for a bit and then move back where he is more comfortable. In this case he leveled out pretty quick just because he started figuring out I was communicating. Then, because it was more mental, the problem made a huge leap.

      Later in the training, say the left spin is better than the right spin. I will work the Right side more….but that isn’t as much a mental issue as, generally, a coordination issue (I’m right handed…the right is easier).

      • Carolyne Shaw on November 23, 2013 at 4:13 pm

        Thank you very much Stacy.

  3. Rose Ott on November 18, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    That was great!

  4. davesgirl09 on November 18, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Thanks for your videos! They are fantastic! I like the idea of planting seeds of things for later on. Learning is a process of associations and this is just a great way of showing the step by step associations and puzzle-piecing them together!

    I do want to comment on the hair whorl thing. I studied with Dr.Temple Grandin and Mark Deesing (who used to be a farrier). He noticed the hair whorl position on horses that were “hotter” or had a higher strung personality and a study was conducted in cattle and in horses about the position/location of the whorl in relation to their personality. I haven’t heard anything about the number of whorls relating to that in any way. Here’s link about it if you are interested.

    I know you said Jac had the double whorls like Roxy, is there any personality similarities you can notice at this point? Do you think he’ll act more like his mom as time goes on?

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