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Why would you use a king size mattress for "horse training"?

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  • Why would you use a king size mattress for "horse training"?

    Just saw this ad on CL. What on earth would you use a mattress for in the legitimate training of a horse?

    http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/grd/3690324382.html
    Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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    To teach/desensitize horses to walking across different surfaces.
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    • #3
      Because a twin is too small for a horse, duh

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      • #4
        Teach them to walk on it.


        Or maybe you're a really bad trainer and plan on falling down a lot and want to line your arena with them
        "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."

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          #5
          I had a bunch of ideas running through my head, believe me! So, walking horses across mattresses teaches them about?? I'm not being snarky, just really curious about alternate methods that folks employ. Not sure when a horse would encounter a mattress in a normal situation.

          volvo--LoL, that is funny! Duh is right. Maybe they have a committed pair of small ponies who want to "bed down" together?
          Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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          • #6
            Maybe they had to list it as something weird because I think it's illegal to resell mattresses. (Correct me if I'm wrong!)
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            • #7
              Perhaps a misunderstanding about what a "stall mattress" is?

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              • #8
                Oh, I think it might be the chick who lays her horses down and needs a soft spot for a landing. A while back, if it were she, she had pix up with the horses down on the ground and a rag over their head.

                ??
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                • #9
                  It would be for desensitization training. Obviously you are not going to encounter a mattress while riding around your ring or out on the trail(well, maybe on the trail...hehe). The thought is that your horse should trust you to traverse whatever footing is necessary and not act like a fool about it. Same for using tarps or bubblewrap for thtem to walk across.

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                  • #10
                    OMG, bubble-wrap. It wouldn't make it to the ground, I'd have a heyday popping those bubbles myself!!
                    GR24's Musing #19 - Save the tatas!!

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                    • #11
                      LOL, the image of walking a horse across bubble wrap makes me laugh!

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                      • #12
                        Why is Ingrid Klimke shown jumping a chair in this month's Dressage Today?

                        Because she can do it.

                        Teaching a horse to trust you about a weird surface like a mattress can be helpful on the trail.

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                        • #13
                          More importantly, why are YOU shopping for mattresses on CL???
                          "When life gives you scurvy, make lemonade."

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by AliCat518 View Post
                            Maybe they had to list it as something weird because I think it's illegal to resell mattresses. (Correct me if I'm wrong!)
                            Depends on the state, I think.
                            Janet

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Calvincrowe View Post
                              Just saw this ad on CL. What on earth would you use a mattress for in the legitimate training of a horse?

                              http://portland.craigslist.org/clc/grd/3690324382.html
                              Desensitization to new things, bomb proofing, trust, etc.

                              Paula
                              He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).

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                                #16
                                Okay--I get the desensitizing thing....kind of (not my discipline). It just seemed like such a weird ad, but, then again, it is CL!

                                I am not shopping for a mattress via CL, thank you very much. I'm much classier than that (or so my momma says). I did buy a returned mattress from a reputable retailer...believe me, I asked if it was fumigated!! Ahhh!

                                So, for desensitizing training what is the goal? Extreme trail or follow me through fire?
                                Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!

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                                • #17
                                  Horses generally dislike walking onto bad footing. Their natural and perfectly reasonable reaction will be to go around wierd things on the ground.

                                  Leading or riding them across mattresses, tarps, bridges, poles, logs and puddles is a way of testing how well you are training them to do as they are told.

                                  I don't know that many people use a mattress for it, but tarps are very common.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Calvincrowe View Post
                                    I had a bunch of ideas running through my head, believe me! So, walking horses across mattresses teaches them about?? I'm not being snarky, just really curious about alternate methods that folks employ. Not sure when a horse would encounter a mattress in a normal situation.

                                    volvo--LoL, that is funny! Duh is right. Maybe they have a committed pair of small ponies who want to "bed down" together?
                                    As bizarre as this will sound, I've actually come across a mattress in the woods during a trail ride. And a sofa, some big comforters and several other things. It was after a big storm so I think a hunters cabin was decimated and all the furnishings were flushed out/blown away by wind.

                                    Horses walking on bubble wrap is HILARIOUS. So is watching their reaction to silly string.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by katarine View Post
                                      Why is Ingrid Klimke shown jumping a chair in this month's Dressage Today?

                                      Because she can do it.

                                      Teaching a horse to trust you about a weird surface like a mattress can be helpful on the trail.
                                      This. I'm half-heartedly looking for a trail horse and someone just sent me pics. of a horse at a "desensitizing" clinic. In one picture he was walking over a mattress. Have to admit I'd never seen that before, but thought it was kind of cool. I can imagine it must feel like nothing they've ever walked over before!
                                      "Everyone will start to cheer, when you put on your sailin shoes"-Lowell George

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Toadie's mom View Post
                                        This. I'm half-heartedly looking for a trail horse and someone just sent me pics. of a horse at a "desensitizing" clinic. In one picture he was walking over a mattress. Have to admit I'd never seen that before, but thought it was kind of cool. I can imagine it must feel like nothing they've ever walked over before!
                                        Was that me?? Walking over the mattresses is pretty cool - bouncy! But the point is to have your horse go wherever you ask it to go. I've got a small one I use at home and I find it a helpful training tool.

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