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Can Bag Game For Horses

Can Bag Game For Horses

Training Tips

Today, let's dive into the world of desensitization using a simple yet effective tool – the can bag.

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Understanding the Purpose

The Magic Behind the Bag

Picture this: a bag filled with blue cans, the favorite beverage of many, dangling from a horse's saddle. But why the fascination with such an ordinary object? Well, let me tell you, it serves a dual purpose. Firstly, it's a fantastic way to train horses to remain calm in unexpected situations, crucial for any equestrian endeavor. Secondly, it enhances the rider's focus and concentration, essential for various horseback sports like mounted archery and roping.

The Horse's Perspective: Sensitivity vs. Desensitization

Meet Jewel, a prime example of a sensitive yet exceptional show horse. Her sensitivity often poses challenges, but here's the catch – instead of treading lightly around her, we dive into activities that defy conventional wisdom. By exposing her to controlled chaos, we aim to shape her into a well-rounded, relaxed, and forgiving trail horse.

Unveiling the Game: Tossing and Catching

Now, let's get to the heart of the matter – the game itself. The objective is simple: toss the can bag between riders, but there's a twist. If you drop it, you dismount. If your throw misses the mark, you fetch the bag. This game not only improves your hip flexibility but also teaches horses to respond promptly to cues and regain focus after a distraction.

Confronting Fears: Desensitizing with Purpose

Desensitization isn't about eliminating fear; it's about teaching horses to confront and overcome it. The sight of a bag flying through the air or the sound of cans rattling may instill fear initially, but through repetition and positive reinforcement, horses learn to trust their riders and navigate through uncertainty with confidence.

The Transformation: From Spooky to Serene

Witness the transformation firsthand as horses evolve from skittish to serene. By patiently exposing them to perceived threats, we earn their trust and reshape their perceptions. It's akin to teaching a child to swim – once they realize there's no real danger, they embrace the water wholeheartedly.

Pro Tips and Closing Thoughts: Mastering the Art

As we conclude our journey, remember these pro tips: maintain balance, anticipate resistance, and never underestimate the power of patience. Your horse is your partner, your confidant, and your means of transportation. Treat them with respect, train them with compassion, and together, you'll conquer any obstacle that comes your way.


As the sun sets on our equine adventure, I bid you farewell. Thank you for joining me on this journey of discovery and camaraderie. Until next time, keep riding, keep learning, and above all, keep forging unforgettable bonds with your four-legged companions.

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Meet The Author: Michael Gascon!

I'm a 5th-generation, world-renowned horse trainer. My training methods have given tens-of-thousands of people a direct, no B.S. guide to training their horse to create more confidence, more fulfillment, and more enjoyable times with their four-legged friends.

As riders, we all want our horses to achieve their potential, but many people struggle with the process to get there.

I'm here to help you achieve maximum performance, relaxation, and focus by teaching you The Language Of The Horse.

The only requirement? The desire to learn more and have FUN with your horse.