Every so often I hear from this guy...
I enjoy hearing from him. Not because he slaps me on the back and gives me "atta boys," but because he is very intelligent and extremely intuitive.
At some point or another I told him about my "Drunken Cowboy Tack Up" despooking routine.
Extremely simple concept. I just tack up the horse as if I were falling down drunk.
I might put the saddle upside down or backwards on the horse's back and I might put the saddle pad on the horse's head, neck or even cinch it under the horse. I might try to put the bridle on upside down. The object is to not do anything right.
Just as if I was drunk.
Because I want the horse used to, and accepting everything, no matter what, no matter how unexpected it is, no matter how silly it is, as long as it doesn't physically hurt the horse.
I don't do the Drunken Tack Up nilly willy. I am well aware of what the horse can do and I do everything very carefully.
I've never had anyone see me do it who was not fully aware of what I was doing. It's not good in a clinic situation to leave folks in the dark when you're supposed to be enlightening them..
The reaction of people who had no idea what was going on never dawned on me.
When I read about people coming up to "help" I nearly laughed myself silly picturing it.
Low handler expectations! Priceless!
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