Clinton Anderson Presents: Soxie under Saddle

(upbeat music) – My expectations when
we brought Soxie to the ranch today were I hoped
that he would not buck anyone off, or trample
anyone in the arena. The bucking problem has gotten to where I will not get on him. I didn’t realize this
horse was that sensitive to something around his flank. I was a little worried about the girl getting on and then
when he bucked with her it concerned me a little, I thought, “Oh no, I would have come off the horse.” – [Clinton] What was causing
the bucking problem was several small things all added
up into a big problem. (upbeat music) I’m Clinton Anderson, and I have a method for training horses. Getting horses to behave is simple. It’s training people,
that’s the real trick. Join me as I tackle some of the most challenging situations
with problem horses and with problem owners. (upbeat music) – My expectations when we brought Soxie to the ranch today, were
I hoped he would not buck anyone off or trample
anyone in the arena, and that maybe we could
get started on a better path and correct my errors
in training a horse. – Good day mate, what’s your name? – Mike Chandler. – I’m Clinton Anderson,
good to meet you. And? – My wife, Julie. – Julie, good to meet you here,
Julie. – Nice to meet you. – Okay guys, well thank you very much for coming here to the ranch
at Down Under Horsemanship here in Stephenville, Texas. Tell me a little bit about
the horse you brought and the history of him,
why he’s a problem, why you need our help. Give us the whole story mate. (upbeat music) – This horse since the day he was born I was very drawn to by his personality and his looks and I was very very close to this horse from the day he was born. – [Narrator] Julie Chandler’s attraction to Soxie, a five year old
Paint gelding is unmistakable. Most days, the two are inseparable. – [Julie] We call him Soxie because he has knee socks on his feet. I trained him on ground work
and the fundamentals without a saddle and he’s really responsive, very touchy and responsive. Okay though to deal with, he learns quick. – [Narrator] Unfortunately
for Julie, Soxie has been too quick to learn a bad habit that has interrupted their relationship. A habit that has become
down right dangerous. – [Julie] I can saddle him,
that went well quickly. The training on saddling and unsaddling, tying and so forth. Then I started lunging him and a gentle walk, and that was okay. And when I started asking
for a trot, or a canter, or lope he starts crow-hop bucking. (Heavy metal music) – The bucking problem has gotten to where I will not get on him. – [Narrator] So far, Julie
has been unsuccessful in her search for a solution
to the bucking problem. – [Julie] I paid for
a trainer to take him, and he kept him 3 months
and as soon as I got him, I did check on him and he
was riding him a little bit, apparently not enough because as soon as I brought him home, started
lunging and before I would get on him he was bucking as
bad as he was when he left. (Heavy metal music) – I’ve never done anything
on his back except stand up in the stirrups both sides, lean over the saddle at a stand, and he’s fine, a little nervous. I won’t throw a leg over him because the minute I start to he
gets hot headed and bows up. – [Narrator] With her
frustration level rising, and her spirits falling,
we sent a rough-sock rider to investigate Julies problem. – [Julie] What I saw when
Travis was riding him, was what I kind of
expected, that it was his normal crow-hopping “I don’t
want you on me, I don’t like this saddle, I don’t want to have to do what you want me to do.” Well this horse has awesome
confirmation in him, very smart-mind, and he’s
sweet natured and very he wants to learn, but I don’t
want to be scared of him. I think he’s the perfect horse for me, in my middle years if he
gets over this bucking where I don’t feel like I’m
gonna come off and get hurt. (Heavy metal music) – [Clinton] You know, as a general rule, most people that have a
horse that wants to buck, it’s a reactive type of
horse and it’s not using the thinking side of its
brain, it’s using the reactive side of its brain, okay. At this point what I
suspect we need to do, is get it a lot more respectful, get him thinking and get
him used to the saddle, and we’ll be in good shape. Okay, this is the culprit right here. Well he certainly hasn’t
missed any feedings, has he? – [Julie] No – [Clinton] He’s nice and
big and fat and slick, okay. What’s his name? – [Julie] We call him Soxie. – [Clinton] Soxie, okay.
This is the culprit. So, you’ve left the saddle
on him for a couple of days, and he still bucks when you go to lunge him, is that right?
– [Julie] Yes – [Clinton] Okay, so have you
ever tried to ride him or? – [Julie] I have not tried to ride him. I’ve had people come-guys
that have come to our ranch. – [Clinton] And what happens
when somebody comes to ride. – [Julie] He repeats the same behavior. – [Clinton] Okay so, when they
get on him, he actually bucks when they get on him too.
– [Julie] Yes. – [Clinton] Okay. Righty-then. Okay then, well let’s get
him in, how old is he now? – [Julie] Five. – [Clinton] Five year
old. And how many guys have you had come out to your
ranch and try and ride him? – [Mike] Uh, three or four. – [Clinton] Okay, and
does he ever quit bucking, or he just keeps bucking non-stop? – [Mike] He stops, he’ll
finally quit bucking. – [Clinton] Okay, righty-then. Well, lets head to the round pen mate, and lets get started with him. (Upbeat techno music) (Loud metal music) – [Narrator] Step up your horsemanship with the Clinton Anderson method, Now available in a complete set. Fundamentals starts you on your journey to ultimate control. As you learn to communicate
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why I started with the ground work is because I
wanted to form some sort of relationship with the horse. I want her to know what
he knew, so to speak. I wanted to form a communication
between me and him. Plus, it gave me an indication of how he’s been previously handled, you know. How good was he? How bad
was he? Is he in the middle? So, it gave me kind of a
starting point from there. So then it was a lot easier
for me to communicate with him once I got the saddle on. Righty, lets go and do a little lunging for respect stage one. Okay, I want to be able
to send him away from me and then bring him back. Basically what I’m trying to do is gain the horses respect by moving his feet forwards, backwards, left and right. Point, move. I would like a lot more
of an energetic departure. When we say go, we mean now. – [Julie] To use the
Clinton Anderson halter and the knots that are across the nose make him uncomfortable enough that when I tug, when I turn his head to flex him, and he doesn’t gently turn his head, I need to put more
pressure on those knots. – [Clinton] If I notice he
doesn’t stop straight away, I’ll bump or jerk on his
nose to get him to stop. Watch, I step, bump. He’s kind of ignoring me there. I’d like to sharpen that
up just a little bit to where when I step in
front of that drive line, that string on his neck, little better, he stops immediately. Here, step in front, step in front, there we go. I’m going to go ahead and
yield his hindquarters. There we go. – [Julie] Today he did
start back at ground zero real quick with him and
I realized I was not expecting enough of the horse with his flexing, and the way he was flexing, he was snatching his head around and which was a disrespectful thing, and I didn’t realize that until I saw Clinton quickly get that out of him by getting onto him a little harder and firmer. – [Clinton] I’ll show you how to fix that, see I don’t like it when
you release his head he just tries to snatch it back. So I’m going to go ahead
and bump on him here, jerk on him a little bit here. Bump, bump, bump, bump, bump. Bump, bump, bump, bump, bump. – [Julie] Immediately
I saw a change in the way Clinton handled him with that flexing. Yeah, Soxie picked it up quick. He’s a smart horse, I
do think he’s got the willingness to learn he
just has to be required to learn and I wasn’t
making the requirements. – [Clinton] Now you might say “Well how does this, what’s this got to do with the saddle.” Well you say that when he goes to bucking, you try to redirect
his feet and try to get him to stop but you
couldn’t get him to do it. Well, off the top of my head by feeling him and working with him, I’d say a lot of that’s because he’s not really taking you seriously. – [Julie] Oh, yeah. – [Clinton] I’m not
saying that when I do it he’s going to quit it either but that’s why I’m going out of my way
to get this a lot sharper. So when he starts to buck and I say “Don’t do that, redirect your feet.” I want him to think
his life depends on it. Does that make sense?
– [Julie] Yes – [Clinton] Where-no disrespect but, right now I think he kind of thinks “Oh well, she’s not really that serious. Yeah I’ll do it but, hell
I’ll do this tomorrow too.” – [Julie] Right. (Upbeat technical music) (Heavy metal music) – [Clinton] Check out our latest catalog from Down Under Horsemanship. It’s filled with beautiful imagery and in-depth information on all
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your door free of charge. (Dark melodical music) – [Clinton] Okay mate,
what we’re going to do now is I’ve got my long line which is a 23 foot piece of rope with
a two inch ring on the end, and I’m gonna go ahead
and put this around his flank and see if we can’t desensitize him to the pressure around his belly, okay? Cause when I put the rope around his belly I could tell straight
away that that’s really where the majority of your problem is. It’s not necessarily the saddle, he just doesn’t like that feeling of something around his flank. – [Julie] I didn’t realize this horse was that sensitive to
something around his flank. I thought I had desensitized
him and I hadn’t. – [Clinton] So I’m gonna go
ahead here and lunge him off. Okay, and now I’m just gonna pull on that. – [Julie] Oh yeah, that’s it. That’s it. – [Clinton] Once I had realized the horse had a very reactive reaction to the rope around his belly, around his flank, then I knew that I had to get the long one and put it around his flank because I could do that from a distance where he could buck and kick and he wasn’t gonna kick me or hurt himself. And not only that, I wanted to be able to get him moving forward and feeling the pressure around his belly which is kind of what simulates what
you do with the saddle. When the saddles on he
had to get to moving out. Pick up new side in your brain. He’s thinking about kicking out of it. Really what was causing
the bucking problem was several small things all
added up into a big problem. Number one, he was pushing disrespectful. Number two, he was reactive about pressure around his flank. Number three, he’d
already got into a habit of bucking with the saddle
because he wasn’t able to wear the saddle enough
in a wide open area to where he could really get
to moving around with them. And number four, when
he did go in to buck, he wasn’t made feel uncomfortable enough for doing that bad behavior. Now, I needed to teach him that anytime he feels pressure around his flank, don’t kick at the rope, don’t buck, don’t use the reactive
side of your brain, okay? So, that didn’t surprise
me that he did it, but what I did like is
over five or six minutes of me practicing he got to where it didn’t bother him at all. Then I knew he was ready for the saddle at that particular point
cause we prepared him. Now normally when I saddle
a colt for the first time, if they go to buck I
don’t mind, I let them. Okay? But they only get one for free. But now because he’s
been saddled many times, he doesn’t get to buck for free. So, if he starts to buck I’m gonna try to redirect his feet and you know, give him something else to do to try to change that habit now. When I first started moving him off, I could tell he was a little tight but he wasn’t quite sure if
he would need to buck. He was thinking about
it, and then eventually he did try to buck a little bit and then I kind of bumped on that halter and jerked on him and got his attention back on me and then he gave it up. Here. You notice when I jerked on him two or three times just then, I was pretty firm about it, wasn’t I? – [Mike And Julie] Yes – [Clinton] And the last
time I jerked on him, he quit bucking at that point, didn’t he? And he started what, focusing back on me. Now I knew at that point that I could make him feel uncomfortable
for wanting to buck. Okay, so that way he didn’t
really want to do that again. Okay, so then it went pretty good. At that point I knew we had him you know, under control. (Upbeat country music) (Robust music) (heavy metal music) (Mysterious music) – [Clinton] Now when I ride
a colt for the first time, I always have two people in the round pen. One riding him, and one on the ground because we’re a team together. The rider is just gonna
basically be a passenger. The person on the ground is the person that’s gonna do all the work. We’re the ones that are
gonna make the horse go forward, turn all that kind of stuff. I just want the horse
getting used to the rider and the feel of it. So, if you want moves, you’re
bumping with the stirrup. If that doesn’t work, she’ll
knee him in the belly. If that doesn’t work, she’ll
kick him under the belly. You know, sometimes people get upset when they see you kicking
the horse in the belly. What do you think a human
that weighs 140-150 pounds can do with their foot compared to another horse kicking him in the pasture? It’s not even close, you know? But sometimes people get upset about it. Okay, and we’re gonna get halfway on and then she’s gonna rub him, she’s gonna move the stirrup a little bit. She’s just gonna let him
know that she’s up there. And then she’s gonna hop back down again, and then step back up there again. So that’s approach and retreat. Does that make sense?
– [Mike] Yep. – [Clinton] We’re not
interested in bucking him out. We’re not interested in a rodeo. We’re interested in him learning something that’s gonna help this horse. Rightyo. Hop all the way on now Brittney. Now when she gets on,
she’s gonna immediately start flexing him from side to side. We’re not gonna run it, walk
him off, or go anywhere. She’s just gonna flex
him from side to side. There. So by flexing his head like this, I want to show him that Brittney’s got some control of him here. If he went to buck or bolt
or do something silly, she’s gonna bend his head around. Now guys, see how he’s
licking his lips there? That’s a good sign of relaxing. Okay, now we’re gonna
start moving him around. So Brittney’s gonna hang on to the horn. And we’re gonna move his hindquarters. Now his forequarters.
Hindquarters. Open the door, forequarters. That’s a girl, take your time. Now, forequarters, take your time. Hindquarters, forequarters, good girl. Hindquarters, forequarters, hindquarters, forequarters, hindquarters, forequarters, hindquarters, you’re all
right, take your time. Just wait til he stops and flex him. Take your time, open up the door. Righto, now start rubbing him on his neck a little bit there
Brittney, bend him around, bend him around, you’re all right. Good girl, bend him around, good girl. Just like that. Now, move his feet there, yes sir. – [Julie] I was a little worried about the girl getting on and then
when he bucked with her, it concerned me a little, I thought, “Oh no, I would’ve come off the horse.” But you know, I learned how she handled him as soon as she got his control of him. – [Clinton] When the horse started to buck with Brittney a little bit, my first reaction was to step out in front of the horse and shake
the bag and get that horses attention and at the same time, Brittney kind of eventually
got a balance enough to where she could bend his head around. So the two of us kind of got
him to stop at the same time. Excellent, yield his
hindquarters again Brittney. Yield, out, let him go. That’s it. – [Julie] Clinton had Brittney keep busy, herself busy so she wasn’t nervous and tense on the horse. I found that interesting and I definitely need to do that. She was rubbing the horse
with the reins in her hand, as she was loping, that
gave her something to do and transmit her calmness to the horse. – [Clinton] I felt like
today we had him under control where myself and
Brittney, my apprentice, we could handle the horse
and give him his first ride. You know what I mean, I
wouldn’t have somebody on him that was a beginner
or somebody that didn’t know my method but, in three or four days of preparation and ground
work you probably could but I didn’t feel like
we could do that today. – [Mike] I think that
she’ll be able to ride the horse and take it to the next level of training is what we’re trying to go to. Our factor was that we
wanted to be in a safe position to take it forward and I think now that we understand a little bit more of the program that we could probably take it to that level. – [Clinton] The good news
is, he’s very salvageable. But, I don’t want to
give you a bunch of fairy stories that you’re out of the woodworks just yet, you know what I mean? He will go back to bucking again if you don’t handle him correctly and get the right riders on
him and follow this method. So now when you go home,
you’re gonna keep practicing with him, okay? And the next horse you’re gonna have a lot more success with, you know. You’ve been following
the method but you’ve had a few detours, haven’t you? You know what I mean,
you’ve taken a few wrong turns but that’s okay,
that’s part of learning. Now you’re on the right
track, get the colt starting DVD’s, the fundamentals kit, you know, six, seven
days a week work with him and I think you’ll be in the right shape. – [Mike] Well we appreciate it – [Clinton] No worries, it was a pleasure meeting both of you, wonderful horse. Well guys, I hope you
enjoyed today’s show. I’ve certainly enjoyed bringing it here with you today and working
with this young horse. Again, it doesn’t matter
what your horses problem is, if you follow the Down
Under Horsemanship method you can get extraordinary results and pretty much fix any horse in the world. Guys, lets go and get a drink. Thanks again, mate, thank you. If you’d like more
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