The goal of basic taming is to make the animal tractable
The taming of oxen, as studied by Dr. Drew Conroy, provides the best understood model of animal taming. Conroy breaks taming into two basic processes: initial acclimation to humans and capture/restraint training. During the initial acclimation the goals are: 1) to calm the animals; 2) to reduce their flight distance; 3) to make them realize they need not fear humans; and 4) to let them become familiar with their trainer. During the second process the animals learn to accept touch, handling, and to accept restraint.
Mustang Heritage Foundation Criteria for Training
Gentle/train the animals in your care until you are able to: halter, lead and groom the animal, pick up all four feet and load and unload into a trailer. These are the MINIMUM training requirements.
- Task 1: Eat from the trainer’s hand in a relaxed manner.
- Task 2: Stand in “Easy” posture.
- Task 3: Stand in “Easy” with trainer on left and right sides.
- Task 4: Touch bony part of face to trainers fingers.
- Task 5: Target Guider ball/Frisbee.
- Task 6: Target body parts to trainer’s fingers.
- Task 7: Move to target and respond to name being called.
- Task 8: Target in circle of trainers.
- Task 9: Count-down petting on body.
- Task 10: Count-down petting while animal remains in “easy” posture.
- Task 11: Grooming while animal remains in “easy” posture.
- Task 12: Stand still to be fly-sprayed.
- Task 13: Stick head in rope loop.
- Task 14: Stand to be haltered 3 ways.
- Task 15: Walk with trainer at liberty.
- Task 16: Desensitize to rope on body and legs.
- Task 17: Yield to pressure of on lead rope.
- Task 18: Turn toward and away from trainer.
- Task 19: Target to flag and desensitize to touch of flag.
- Task 20: Yield haunches.
- Task 21: Walk-Whoa-Back and Halter Driving.
- Task 22: Back up in response to rope wiggle.