Once Bitten Twice Shy: How to Train a Dangerous, Dominant Horse
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Once Bitten Twice Shy: How to Train a Dangerous, Dominant Horse

August 25, 2019


(country music) – [Clinton] Good day mate. Clinton Anderson here from
Down Under Horsemanship. You know what, horses
are a beautiful creature. They’re smart, they’re very
graceful, they’re strong, they’re athletic. (horses running) But there are times they
can also be very dangerous. (rock music) I don’t truly believe horses
are dangerous by nature. But they don’t realize how big they are. They don’t realize how strong they are. They’re moving very, very, quickly. (upbeat music) When you can gain your
horse’s respect, and learn how to control your horse,
not only can you do it safely with your horse,
but you can also get your horse to enjoy the time
that he spends with you. (upbeat music) My job and my core purpose
here at Down Under Horsemanship is to inspire the dreams of horseman. And I’m gonna show you by
understanding, by moving the horse’s feet, forwards,
backwards, left, and right, and gaining that horse’s
respect, there isn’t anything that you can’t teach your horses. (upbeat music) All you have to do mate
to get tremendous success with your horse is follow the Down Under Horsemanship method. So listen mate, sit back, relax
because we’re gonna inspire you with the method. (music ends) – [ Leslie] She turned around, faced me, ears up, eyes zeroed in, and came at me. (suspenseful music) Knocked me down, hit
me two or three times, she chewed me up a couple of places. I guess it was teeth that tore up my ear. Somehow when I got up, she
turned and she kicked me. – [MacKenzie] I recognized
the look in her eye. You know I could just see that evil, I’m gonna kill you look. I did have doubt, that is
Clinton gonna be able to fix her? (country tune playing) – [Clinton] I’m Clinton
Anderson, and I have a method for training horses. Getting horses to behave is simple. Its training people that’s the real trick. Join me as I tackle some
of the most challenging situations with problem horses,
and with trouble moments. (upbeat music) – So MacKenzie tell me
about your horse mate. Why did you bring this horse here today? – Well ever since she
attacked my mom, I just don’t feel safe around her. – [Leslie] She was warned when
she bought the horse, that it was a kicker. I told her right there, uh
uh, don’t buy the dang thing. Well you know, we don’t listen to mothers. (laughing) (rock music) – [MacKenzie] I love her, I’ve
had her for you know since she was a yearling. – [Clinton] Yes. – [MacKenzie] And I just,
I don’t feel safe doing anything with her. – Now has she ever tried to
attack you or act aggressive toward you? – [MacKenzie] Since she attacked my mom. – [Clinton] Yes.
– [MacKenzie] Yeah, she has. I’m afraid to be around her,
you know she’s turned and has been aggressive towards me. – [Clinton] So you’ve
really lost your confidence. – Definitely. – Yeah I don’t blame you for
losing your confidence mate. Its a very dangerous situation. – I can’t do anything with her anymore. – Well I know that I can fix
the horse using the Down Under Horsemanship Method. What I’m going to do with this
dangerous aggressive mare, is I’ve got to gain her
respect, by moving her feet forwards, backwards, left, and right. My first challenge though
is actually just getting her to be caught to where
I can take her to the round pen to start the method. With her being aggressive
and dangerous the way that she is, I know I’m gonna have a hard time getting her caught. So my first thing is to stay
safe for me first, keep her safe, get her caught,
take her to the round pen so I can start the Down
Under Horsemanship Method. When dealing with a horse
like this, its very important to maintain your safety. They are 1000, 1200 pound animal. And if she attacks me
I’m gonna come out in the wrong in the video. So safety first is the
most important thing. Okay mate, lets go look at
the horse, and I guarantee we can help you with the mare. (upbeat music) – I did have doubt. I mean I’ve never seen anything like that. I’ve never seen an extreme
case like that before. And I did have doubt, that
is Clinton gonna be able to fix her? – Let me go in a little
bit first, okay, so that if something bad happens,
I can kind of keep her out away from us. You know don’t be surprised
MacKenzie when you come back in here again and you
get close to her, that you know, your emotions start coming back. You know its very traumatic
for somebody to be attacked by a horse. Because when they get back
around the horse all that fear comes back to them again. – [MacKenzie] I could see the
look in her eye that I saw. The fear came back to
me, you know that feeling of stay back and I thought you know there’s just no way. – To be honest there was
never a doubt in my mind that I could fix or train this horse. My only concern was how
long was it gonna take. I’m gonna ask you to leave
here right now, so that way if it does get really
dangerous, I know you’re out of the way. Okay mate?
– Okay. – So you just head on out. – See there’s she’s acting
aggressive right there. (upbeat music) – [Announcer] Step up
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training method kits at a package price. (inspirational music) (country music) – [MacKenzie] I’ve had horses
you know, I’ve been around them my entire life. And she was kind of my
first little project I guess you could say. And for her to have gone to
my, you know big accomplishment basically to acting this
way, its pretty hard to take. Pretty disappointing. – [Clayton] Once I got in
there, then I had to catch the horse but not, and catch the
horse in a way that it wasn’t gonna bite me or attack me. I’m gonna drop my halter
and lead ripe on the ground. And if she turns her butt
to me, I’m gonna start applying pressure to her. Right there. When she turned,
(clicking tongue) towards me, I took that pressure off. This horses wasn’t being
threatening, and being aggressive because he felt insecure. He was being threatening
and aggressive because he was dominating the human beings. See there she’s acting
aggressive right there. (tongue clicking) There, that was better right then. There, I like that. See how I’m backing away from her? That’s a good girl. That’s good, that was
a good one that time. – You think of a horse as
being, you know this beautiful animal that’s just you
know for fun and enjoyment. And you know but when they
turn on you like that, its a totally different perspective. – Right there, ah that’s
really good, see her trotting up here? That’s really good. That was the best one yet. So she’s learning her first
lessons of respect here. Do not run away from a human
being and do not attack them. So if I can get up to her, I will. What I would like to do- Right there. Horses are aggressive for
two different reasons. Sometimes they’re aggressive
because they’re threatened too much, and they feel
like being aggressive is the only way to save themselves, okay? That’s one way a horse is aggressive. The other way is by a
horse has been taught to dominate human beings, and that’s what this horse had learned. That mare knew that
MacKenzie was fearful of her. So that just magnified
that mare to take control. Right there, her kicking at me. That’s her saying get lost. That’s that aggressiveness
coming back in her. – I’ve never seen a horse act like that. You know its, it just blows my mind. – I’m gonna reach my hand out here. There when she smells
me, I’m gonna retreat. Oh I like that, I like how
she followed me just then. I don’t take my eyes off
her, I don’t trust her. She could turn and attack me, like she did MacKenzie’s mother. If I can just rub her on
the neck here a little bit. Just find a starting point. Okay rub her on the face here. She’s gonna realize this,
this is what I’m after. Now this is very, very important
now that you rub on her. This is where you do a
little loving on them. This is where you show them
that doing the right thing is a payoff for it. I felt like the mare made
a lot of good improvements once we got her in the round pen. By creating movement,
getting the horse to run, you’re establishing that pecking order. Okay I’m trying to show
the horse I’m number one you’re number two. I’m the leader, you’re the follower. I can only do that by
creating movement in his feet and then redirecting that movement. I’m gonna point, cluck,
and then spank the ground. Now see how she’s kind
of shaking her head and switching her tail there? She’s kind of lazy isn’t she? See, she doesn’t like the fact
that we’re moving her feet. That’s why she was attacking
you and your mother, because she was trying
to get your feet to move. – It was frightening. I was holding on, ’cause
I, I was anticipating her, you know, kicking up and
I could see her attitude. – [Clinton] So what I’m
gonna ask her to do is change direction to the inside MacKenzie. So I’m gonna hold my finger
up, and I’m gonna imagine I’m pulling on lead rope on that halter. And I’m gonna step out in
front of her, and then run backwards and then hopefully
get her to turn towards me and give me two eyes. The more you chase them
forward MacKenzie the more they wanna look at you. Drive the hindquarters. So I’m gonna try her again to you, ready? Step in front, now back. Back, back, back. She turns in the fence,
I’ll quickly cut her off. The reason why I wanna cut
her off MacKenzie is I want her to realize that she’s
done the wrong thing. And front, now back, back. Turn into the fence, make her move. Try it again. Step in front, now back. Ah, good girl. So even though she made a
mistake, it was only one. – [MacKenzie] Right. – [Clinton] So we’re making progress. When she keeps two eyes
on me, I want the horse to realize that she gets to have a rest. When she shows me her
hindquarters and her butt, that’s a sign of a lack of respect,
so that means that she loses way and she has
to work a little harder. Does that make sense? – Yeah. – [Clinton] So I wanna catch
her, but more importantly than that, I want the horse to catch me. Instead of me trying to catch
her, I want her to catch me. When I can get the horse to
think that the human being is the best deal possible,
is that the most rewarding option for them, now you’re
truly gonna start getting a relationship with your horse. (suspenseful music) (rock music) – [Clinton] Check out our latest catalog from Down Under Horsemanship. Its filled with beautiful
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this number and we’ll send it to your door, free of charge. (suspenseful music) – Now that we’ve let her rest
for a few minutes its time to go back and still continue
with the round pen lesson. What I’d like to do is get
this mare to actually hook onto me and follow me around. So I’m going to apply a
little bit of pressure to her hindquarters here, okay. Now when she looks at me
I take that pressure away. Now what I’m going to try
to do is I wanna walk around towards her hindquarters
and I want her to actually swing her hindquarters
away from me and face me with two eyes. There’s a little bit right there. Not much, just a start. – [MacKenzie] She’s kind
of fanning her ears. – Yeah. She’s not sure what to do here. – Yeah. – Catch her eye. Catch her eye. Pressure her, pressure her, pressure her. See her kicking at me? Okay see how she just-
(clicking tongue) see how she was shaking her head now. I’m gonna go back and move her feet again. Okay. When she has that horrible
attitude, what do we do? Move her feet. We started to get control of
her feet, forwards, backwards, left, and right. She started using the
thinking side of her brain. And she started to realize
that if you wanna be aggressive and be a bad horse, life
can be pretty uncomfortable. She got a little boot camp didn’t she? What I’d like her to do
MacKenzie is follow me around. And that, when she finally does that, then she’ll be really submissive. (clicks tongue) Now the reason I chased
her away then, is I’ll live with a little bit of that head tossing, but then I felt like she was
just taking it too far there. – [MacKenzie] Yeah she kept it going. – [Clinton] You know what I mean? – [MacKenzie] Yeah. (clicks tongue) – [Clinton] Move those feet. There. This is the attitude
we’re looking for now. Notice that she’s not
shaking her head now. – [MacKenzie] Yeah. – She’s, you know her
attitude’s a lot better. She’s not perfect MacKenzie,
but she’s a lot better. – [MacKenzie] Yeah she
still seems kind of unsure when you walk up to her. – [Clinton] Yeah she’s unsure. She’s unsure whether she
should be submissive, or aggressive. – [MacKenzie] Yeah. – [Clinton] You know what I mean? But that’s just repetition. That’s just why its gonna take a few days of working with her, to
get her to completely submit to us. Good girl. (country music) (suspenseful music) (rock music) (country music) – [Clinton] You know even
though its important that I got this mare to move her
feet and give us two eyes and respect us, what’s
even more important is that you are able to do it MacKenzie. Because even if you left
this mare with us to train for the next two or three weeks, we could get her behaving really well. But if we sent her back
home to you and your mother, if you don’t change the
way you interact with her, she’ll attack you again,
its a matter of time. May not be for a month or two
but eventually she will do it. So I need to teach you,
how you can move her feet, gain her respect so she’ll
never ever think about being aggressive again. You know when I asked MacKenzie
to come back in the round pen, I could obviously
tell she was nervous. But I could also tell that she
saw hope in what I was doing. She saw how I did it. She knew that I was
right there beside her. I wasn’t gonna let her get hurt. And I could tell that she
trusted me but she was still a little, had
lack of that confidence. That’s normal, once I
showed her how to move the horse’s feet, she got
confident very quickly though. Point, cluck. That’s it. Now see how she’s really
shaking her head at you? Chase her, chase her. Run in there and spank her butt there. Do you notice that as
soon as I put you back in she’s acting aggressive again isn’t she? – [MacKenzie] Right. – [Clinton] Run after
her, point, cluck, spank, whack her on the butt. – [MacKenzie] It was kind
of scary, you know the fear came across me again. ‘Cause she had that
attitude, that spark again. – [Clinton] See that? Excellent. Ask her to change directions. Step in front, and straight back. Step, now straight backwards. Now send her the other way, point. Point, there you go. Make like an L Shape, out
in front and straight back. – [MacKenzie] Okay. – [Clinton] Ask her to speed up. (clicks tongue) – [MacKenzie] The more
I was messing with her, the more confident I was
becoming in messing with her. ‘Cause I could see, you
know, this is working. And why didn’t I do this a long time ago? – [Clinton] Now next time you
ask her to step in towards you MacKenzie, as soon as
she looks at you, I want you to walk away from her okay? So catch her eyes. Step out in front. Step out in front of her,
walk away, walk away. Turn away, good girl. Excellent, just stand there. – [MacKenzie] The fear
goes away, and its not something that’s difficult to do. You know its easy to do its
just a matter of knowing what to do and when and how and what its, and keeping it up. – [Clinton] Fear comes from
your brain saying I’m not in control of a situation. I try to show people how to
get control of their horse. When they get control, they get confident. When they get confidence,
they’re no longer fearful mate. In that order. Now walk more around towards
her hindquarters, and lean forward, like you’re
stalking her hindquarters. Lean your upper body
forward, really forward. Hold your right finger up. And look at her butt, not her head. Look at her tail, look at her tail. There you go, excellent. Move your stick a little
bit towards her butt. Cluck to her. Keep walking towards her. Keep walking down the fence,
keep walking down the fence. Keep walking, keep walking,
keep walking, good girl. See how she’s giving you two eyes? – [MacKenzie] Yeah.
– [Clinton] Excellent. Now go in there and rub her now. Rub her, excellent. Walk away towards me in an arc. You ready? That’s it, walk. Good girl. I think this is a great place to quit her. She’s in the center with you. She’s got a nice look in her eye. Her eye looks very calm. Just very gentle, and very
calm, and that’s a good sign. – Its like I have my horse
back again, you know. I can continue enjoying her, and its like I got you know, what I started out with before. You know, I don’t have that evil, I wanna kill you horse anymore. (laughs)
Its amazing. Its amazing, its, I love
horses and I love being around them, and you
know I have a tremendous amount of respect for
somebody who has the talent that he has to do that. – I hope you’ve enjoyed the show mate. Next week we’re gonna
be bringing you more of the Down Under Horsemanship
straight to you, showing you how you can
apply the method to your horses and achieve extraordinary results. Listen, MacKenzie lets get
going mate, you’ve done an excellent job. If you’d like more information
mate, on any of the products you’ve seen on
today’s show, click on our website at Down Under
Horsemanship.com and we’ll send you a free catalog mate. (rock music)

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