Feet Alive

When preparing a young horse to be saddled many people go through a process that they call “sacking out.” I am not sure I like the term but it is commonly used and mostly understood. This term generally means a process of getting a horse to accept different scary objects, such as tarps, flags, slickers, ropes and so on in order to get it saddled and to “desensitize” it. This “sacking out” can take on a wide variety of forms, but often the horse is restricted in some fashion, either tied or hobbled. There are two thoughts I would like to share about this “sacking out” process. The main goal is to build incremental tolerance to pressure. A horse learns tolerance to pressure best by moving hi

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