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|We are just beginning with video here, and without better know-how
and equipment, filesizes do run large. So, if using a dialup like
mine, (picture the blazing speed of an oxcart)
just initiate the download and go do something else rather than sit
waiting for it.
Key thing - these videos *ought* to display about five inches wide
- but some computer's media viewer settings will need tinkering else
it will display far smaller.
Photos/discussion/video below from Feb 2006
|On his page
I mention "basics". Video is the best
possible aid for conversation about that in general,
or this animal in particular. For instance, it is
"basic" that any horse, but especially
a stud, have good manners around other horses.
But - video is a deadly slow download. So, if you
have big fat DSL-type bandwidth, have
a look -it's 9.6MB,
and plays a minute & 15 seconds. Fairly nice
If you have cruddy dialup like mine, 9.6
megs is truly unrealistic, though if determined,
you might consider getting lunch, turning the drums
on your truck and cleaning the garage while it loads
This video has some revealing details.
Throughout, he works his ears a lot, and much
of the time is tracking me with his left ear,
either "general awareness" or pinpoint
on me - that focus is a good early step
toward him becoming a "pro".
At the moment on the right he's instructed to
come away, and it takes several discreet but firm
nudges. He is decent, but this must improve before
he should consider live cover. *
Sometimes a mare is receptive until the last moment
- he rears up, and she chickens. A stud not trained
to come away instantly
is a bad risk for getting kicked, perhaps seriously
plays out so fast it needs a close look to see what
He comes away, and I take in the rope so quickly
it might look as if I pulled him the whole way.
Not so: There is just a *little* slack in
it through the entire move. As
in most of the video, if looking closely.
But - at the end of that we see a thing going directly
to the heart of whether a person could succeed with
this horse or not.
in and gives my hand a kiss with his big horse lips.
Possibly the rope was his objective - he will suck
about a foot and a half of halter rope into his
mouth if you don't watch him.
Well, whichever, I warn, but do not smack him, because
this is an overture typical of a stud who wishes
to interact, but does not know where he stands or
what reception he can expect. It is not inherently
hostile, it is exploratory. How things of
that sort are handled determine future behavior.
| He immediately
dodges back from the warning "finger of impending
doom", and with repetition, he'll fall into
better habits. I gave him more lattitude earlier
because he came back from "training" totally
alienated and pretty rank. It's a fine line - teaching
a horse to feel at ease and give him confidence
while simultaneously having to get tough and hammer
down the roughest edges. He's made enough progress
that it's time to address this detail.
But - in the right way. A lack of confidence
is driving at least 80 percent of this behavior,
so I go easy when possible.
| Many respond to these
exploratory gestures/inquiries with a whack, and
they give studs a bad reputation. All this does
is teach the animal that it's a hostile relationship,
and of course the animal replies in kind.
He's exploring the relationship, and yes, one thing
can lead to another. It must be addressed, but if
the horse makes an essentially innocent inquiry,
and gets hit for it - what's he supposed to think?
He asks, and the answer tells him something.
When this guy worries his lips get busy. If he's
relaxed, there is far less of it. This is a good
example of a need to manage, and an opportunity
to mis-manage. An ounce of prevention is highly
effective with this one, a timely warning
word or gesture is enough 99 percent of the time.
He'll take a whack without resentment provided we
don't abuse the privilege, but in this particular
it won't improve the relationship or show him how
to interact in a better way. One difference between
those who make winners and those who ruin potential
is knowing when to whack and when to not
whack. (Not that I've got
much record to run on, but have been around enough
to know the difference.)
-And yes, I realize full
well - there is a contingent out there who will
read this and think "Oh, a problem
animal - damaged goods". (Let alone what the
bleeding hearts think.) I most sincerly invite them
all to head on back to their own hopeless little
world. Apart from rare clinical conditions affecting
behavior there are no problem animals; only problem
people, speaking of damaged goods. As suggested
above, understanding the obvious allows for appropriate
responses, as opposed to stupidly causing and/or
perpetuating trouble needlessly. Some pay the dues
necessary to understand this about life, some won't,
and never will.
|At the same
time, he needs a persistant task-master. He gets
casual in his efforts without dilligent consistency
on the details. Starting down the alley here he's
a little behind, so trotting to get in position
is the right choice. But - one thing leads to another,
and excited to go somewhere, he ignores my little
nudges telling him when to walk.
I belatedly make him stop and step back with both
he snaps into position beside me and stays there.
I should have done that at least 20 feet
sooner, because he will (and *does*) take things
like that as a proceedural template. To get the
best out of this guy a person needs to be "spot-on"
with all the little details, or his attention and
effort fall off noticeably. I am too easily distracted,
often looking at/thinking about something else entirely.
He's green, has fair to good retention, so he shouldn't
need as much maintenance after a better pattern
becomes well established in his mind.
The video under saddle:
This is also linked on his
Taken Sept/November 2005
hated to cut out as much as I did, but to get it
down to just over 3MB filesize,
a lot had to go. He moves nicely, and maybe I'll
do more video soon, having finally gone modern with
DVD. I never could convert VHS to look good in digital,
and this one is especially gray and grainy, but
it clearly proves that this colt could earn some
dollars provided the right training. Have
a look - when fully loaded (eventually) this
one should play one minute 10 seconds.
much speaks for itself except to mention that he's
a little hesitant to approach at the end because
I pushed him more than I normally do. The day was
fading, we had little tape remaining, and I wanted
to prove what he can do before running out. As mentioned
above, he's not entirely sure where he stands with
people, so he wasn't too sure just what this meant.
He's actually a fairly brave guy, and even with
doubts, will usually face things rather than run
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|I've often been disappointed when trying
to see people's online horse videos - click the video link, wait for
ever for the download to complete, and then it won't effing
work. Mmm. But, there are ways:
|If hitting video link fails to open
|One possibility is to copy'n'paste
the target address directly into the media player. Windows Viewer
may need some tinkering, but one setting will appear as below,
with the drop down menus - select/click "open URL":
|This pops up the panel seen below -
video's address and it should start downloading,
|-or- Save the video
to your computer:
|Right-click the video link and select/click
"save target as". First, the file download panel will pop
up, then almost immediately a "Save As" dialogue box will
appear on top of that - probably very similar to below. If appreciably
different there will be a "browse" button on it. Hit that
button for essentially the same function, clicking "up a layer"
or into files, and bravely onward to ultimate video viewing success.
| Whatever, slog on through to a folder
you'd like to store the video in. For instance, double click "My
Computer", then double click "My Documents", then double
click "My Videos". Then hit "okay" or "save".
Simple as that. You can change the file name,
no problem, but don't change the stated type of video file
format, .wav, or whatever - the computer has already identified this,
leave that item alone.
|Viewing the video:
|The Windows Mediaplayer
is a universal option, (Mac users are
on their own) although some versions of Windows include
"Windows Movie Maker", which allows a frame by frame
examination. This allows far better evaluation of the
animal's actual moves and ability. (Program
The benefit of frame by frame - we see him setting up a right
turn in detail that is hard to see otherwise. It all happens
too fast to catch and evaluate every small nuance, which make
all the difference between innate ability in one animal
|Whatever program it's
the same drill: Either hit an "open file" icon
or drop down the "File" menu, click "open file",
and navigate/browse/click to where the file was saved. Click
the file and hit "Open" or "Okay", or just
double click it. The video should play - this machine will occasionally
choke at that moment, rarely even requires a re-start, but it's
old and weary, and it will nevertheless download/play video