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Clinton Anderson: Desensitizing to Cinch Pressure

In this first segment of a new series, you'll learn to desensitize your colt's barrel using a lead rope.

Before you saddle your colt for the first time, it's critical that you prepare hi for the feeling of pressure around his girth and flank areas so he doesn't overreact to the tightening of the front and back cinches. Horses are naturally defensive around these sensitive areas because they're extremely vulnerable there.

Your colt needs careful preparation not to feel trapped, claustrophobic, and panicked at the sensation of a tightening around these areas of his barrel.

Watch as I demonstrate my method below.

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