I'm afraid I have to disappoint
. It'S hard to see on the video, but I also use the open palm to draw and the fingertips to yield. It's been a result of my auto-didactic fumblings
. Originally I relied on just hip cues - hip bone pointing or drawing. I still use it in combination as you can see on the video. I added the hand cues, because hip cues are hard to do in some situations. On the mounting block for example.
I'm aware of your reservations about that kind of hand cues, but so far I can only say that I don't have any issues. Usually the stance when giving the drawing cue is very different to when you want to pat. I use a straight, extended arm and a slight drawing motion. Also the horse usually stops when it has reached the hand, so it would basically come to your patting hand
Last but not least it comes very naturally for me to use the open hand to invite. I also use the open, cupped hand to let Mucki rest his back of his nose into it. And I wouldn't want him to move away when I want to touch him
It all seems to fall together for me...
Donald Redux wrote:
I suspect Mucki is learning what pointing means. I knew dogs could learn it easily, but not horses. Now I must try pointing to a target. You are an inspiration.
Pointing has become an integral part of our training by and by. It has so many uses, especially pointing at his feet to move them separately. I also use it a lot for targeting scary objects when we are about to go ghost-busting
I point at the object, suggesting that we might check it out and defeat it. That, combined with nests of apple slices that I point out for him in the grass (by the way nice game to play for easter!), has made the pointing cue to something very interesting for Mucki.