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How to stop steer from throwing his head around when set up
« on: September 09, 2018, 07:19:08 PM »
When my daughter gets her steer set-up, within 30 seconds hes throwing his head around towards her. Hes not doing it trying to get her hes just throwing it around. She cant hold his head still and straight for more than 30 seconds. He doesnt do this with me. What can she do to correct this and get him to stop? I dont want it to become a habit.
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Re: How to stop steer from throwing his head around when set up
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2018, 08:43:56 PM »
Have someone who knows something about dogs watch both of you.

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Re: How to stop steer from throwing his head around when set up
« Reply #2 on: September 11, 2018, 10:49:31 PM »
you could try just moving him out the instant he moves his head. then stop. repeat


he might be just displaying testing moving her off. you may be just more imposing.

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Re: How to stop steer from throwing his head around when set up
« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2018, 10:15:27 PM »
One of the kids I haul around to shows had a heifer start doing that this summer.  I called it "playing a game". She would sling her head, but not move her feet, and the kid would lead her out and circle her back in to line up.  Finally decided the heifer was just trying to get her to move her out. So, I told the girl to make sure the heifer had really moved her feet before she led her out and, if she had, make her stop moving before she walked her.  Once, the kid stopped getting frustrated and reacting to every movement ("playing the heifers game") the heifer quit doing it.

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Re: How to stop steer from throwing his head around when set up
« Reply #4 on: September 15, 2018, 09:00:53 PM »
Thank you both! He stands completely still for her after she sets him up, he just wants to throw his head around. The last few days have been better. She isnt strong enough- shes only 9- to keep him from doing it but she tries. Thanks for the advice!

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Re: How to stop steer from throwing his head around when set up
« Reply #5 on: September 17, 2018, 09:56:03 PM »
I think as lightnin4 says making it game is the key for situations like these.

It keeps you and the animal thinking rather than just a battle of wills.

It should be fun to figure these things out.

 

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