The equine term "spook" means:
When a horse becomes "spooked", he can injure rider and himself, or simply be of no value as he flees from the perceived danger, whether real or imagined. The urge to flee is a natural defense mechanism, common to prey animals. For domestic horses in a safe environment, the self-defense mechanism is much less important to survival. One of the goals of training is to desensitize them to distracting, but harmless, sounds and visual stimuli. Horses can learn to control their fears. If they experience an unfamiliar, potentially frightening sound, they may react instinctively and then investigate further. If the sound does not harm them, they will remember the experience and be less frightened by the same or similar sound next time .
Spooking stimulus can be visual, aural, or both. Many believe that horses are "linear" thinkers and may have difficulty processing a complex new situation. As a result, if they are in a response-to-fear mode, and are trying to flee the danger, they can be unresponsive to their human partner. Repeated incidences of spooking can actually become habitual, making them very difficult to control and teach. If this behavior is not altered in the first few years, it can become a lifelong liability to their value.
How to Use
Our training concept is that the playback sounds become the “boogie man” and you remain the “alpha”, a source of security and comfort. The unique part of the concept is that you do not have to play both roles. Your role, and that of all the humans around him, is consistent, which is not the case if you make the spooking sounds without the CD. Desensitizing may take many days, weeks, or even longer. It depends on all the specific factors about your horse, his environment and experiences, and your time.
Please understand that our product is not an automatic fix. Your horse may be very frightened at first, and should be restrained and given assurance of protection. We strongly suggest that you start the process a few moments before and while feeding, when your horse is most comfortable with the surroundings and you. The horse will connect the new distraction positively with his "full belly" and your support. Start at a low volume, and study his reactions. Stay close to the horse and remain the source of stability and security, encouraging a reduced fear reaction while he hears the frightening sounds. Repeat or loop the tracks that are most bothersome. As his reaction diminishes over time, increase the playback volume in small increments. Replay all the tracks again at a higher volume, and study his reactions. Repeat this process over again until your horse seems to ignore the sounds. If your playback machine has programming features, select and shuffle the tracks that you choose to focus upon. When playing at highest volume, avoid playing the CD so loud as to be distorted.
Exciting New Application!!
Never before has it been so easy to IMPRINT NEWBORN FOALS, desensitizing them to frightening sounds. As soon as the newborn's hooves hit the ground (or even before), you can play our discs at low volume, while soothing and gaining their trust. You can have the full extent of our library of sounds in handy form with instant access, without leaving the comfort of the birthing stall.
For more information about imprinting, please visit Robert Miller, DVM's website. Here's a link: imprint training
Ultimately, you can play the discs anytime, even when the horse is alone, day or night, at any volume level. Sound conditioning is a repetitive learning process, with long term benefits.
Mounted Patrol and Canine Training
Barn and Outdoor/Indoor Training
Play CDs in the Barn
Throughout the Stable and Aisles
Grooming in the Crossties
Lunge Line Round Pen
Outdoor/Indoor Arena Training
Outdoor/Indoor Arena Training
Harnessing for Driving
Arena Vehicle Driving
Horse's Hearing and Perception
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