The TAP FAQ

Q: What is TAP short for?
A: Temporary Attitude Persuader.

Q: What is the TAP useful for?
A: Anything you need an extra hand with from worming to colt starting.

Q: What is the difference between the HALP TAP and the FULL TAP?
A: The HALF TAP slows down the horse's flight response and can be used succesfully in the daily handling of horses while the FULL TAP shuts down the flight response and is only recommended for use in extreme cases.

Q: Will the TAP hurt the horse's legs?
A: The TAP does not harm the horse's legs, however boots can be applied to minimize the risk of injury even further. All activities involving horses are potentially dangerous so don't ever drop your guard and stay safe at all times - and don't forget your obligation to keep your horse safe either.

Q: Is the horse scared after being tapped?
A: No, The TAP in not seen as aggression from the handler, and after submitting to the TAP, the horse will feel everything but scared. He will feel relaxed, relieved, and content with himself because he made it and he was fine.

Q: How long does it take to get the horse down?
A: Depending on the horse and who is executing the TAP, anything from a few seconds to half an hour.

Q: Does performing the TAP cut off oxygen supply to the brain?
A: Certainly not, medical tests performed by top notch vets show the TAP has nothing to do with oxygen deprivation, nor has it ever been implied that the TAP works this way. It's a rumour with no truth whatsoever to it.

Q: Does performing the TAP pinch the nerves?
A: No, the TAP has nothing to do with the skeletal make up of the horse.

Q: Are there any physical dangers or long term effects of the TAP?
A: NO, the effects of the TAP is temporary. The results are, however, permanent - like e.g. the fixing of headshyness.

Q: Can any horse be TAPped?
A: Yes. But only experienced horse people with sense and understanding will be able to perform the TAP successfully.

Q: Why is a full cheek snaffle recommended/required for the TAP?
A: Because flexation is used, a full-cheek snaffle is the only bit recommended.

Q: Can I TAP my horse using only a halter or a bitless bridle?
A: Yes, it can be done but not on all horses. You'll just have to try it out and see for yourself whether it's the right way for your horse.

Q: Why is a roller recommended/required for the TAP?
A: A roller is recommended for two reasons; A) it gives the horse a mental feeling of restriction, B) it gives the handler something to hang on to if the horse tries to evade.

Q: In which common situations with horses could the TAP be used for positive results?
A: Fixing head shyness is one of many. Others could be administering medicine, tending to injuries, or just to help the horse relax and cope in situations where he might feel agitated. If a horse is out of control, or in other ways a danger to his surroundings, the TAP can help an experienced and gentle handler get the upper hand and help the horse without aggression.

Q: I'm a nervous rider lacking in confidence and my horse intimidates me. Could I use the TAP to passify him?
A: The TAP is recommended only for horse trainers and other professionals of the equine industry; meaning the TAP should only be attempted by confident and competent persons with a clearly defined goal in mind. Handlers should always make sure that the problems, they encounter in horses and decide to fix, isn't actually the human's problem - like e.g. lack of confidence, knowledge, or just horse sense.

Q: Does the TAP cause the horse to faint?
A: No, the TAP is a mental occurrence, not a physical.

Q: How long do I leave the horse on the ground after performing the TAP?
A: That's up to the handler and what he/she is trying to achieve.

Q: What if the horse gets up right away after performing the TAP?
A: Execute the TAP again immediately and get the horse relax again.

Q: Will a horse that has been TAPped learn to use sinking down when ever it's being asked for something? Will the horse start sinking down on his own?
A: No, only performing the TAP itself will cause this reaction from the horse. The effects of the TAP are by no means long term.

Q: Do you start all your horses using the TAP?
A: I, myself, use the HALF TAP on most of my horses whereas the FULL TAP is only for situations where the horse might hurt itself or others if not helped to relax and accept.

Q: How often do I TAP my horse?
A: Once is all most horses will ever need. Of course there'll be tough cases that might need a couple of sessions over a few days but there's no need for anything more than laying the horse down once and bond with him.

Q: I'm stuck, can you help me?
A: Why certainly, just write to the support address we provided with your flash drive or download, you can attach any photos or videos or just a description of your problem, and I'll get back to you A.S.A.P.

Q: How do I learn The TAP technique?
A: If you're a seasoned horse trainer, horse owner, and/or an experienced rider you have the oppurtunity to purchase instructions in how to TAP your horse. It is recommended that you view the files, try the technique out, and file it in your tool box till a horse that could helped by the TAP comes along. Not all horses need the TAP. You can purchase the TAP by visiting the SHOP.

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