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post #51 of 252 Old 03-21-2012, 10:41 AM
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Very stunning boy you have there! I look forward to reading updates.

What size area are you keeping him in? Its recommended to keep an unhandled/ungentled horse in a smaller area initially before letting them out into a bigger area. When I had a 5 year old unhandled haflinger stallion come here we started him out in a stall for a few days and he quickly came around where we could halter him and pet him all over. Then we moved him into the 50X50 corral before finally letting him out into the pasture.

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What size area are you keeping him in? Its recommended to keep an unhandled/ungentled horse in a smaller area initially before letting them out into a bigger area. When I had a 5 year old unhandled haflinger stallion come here we started him out in a stall for a few days and he quickly came around where we could halter him and pet him all over. Then we moved him into the 50X50 corral before finally letting him out into the pasture.
I normally would, but this guy is scared of people and has a strong flight response, plus he's 18hh and I would guess 1600-1800#. We have great stalls, very sturdy, but I don't know if they could handle an animal this size trying to climb the walls. I've come to the conclusion that my best option is the round pen, where he can learn that standing still is alot more pleasant than running circles and where he has the room to not feel claustraphobic. I'm 5'5" and not overly big or strong, so training him is all about the mental side of things.

He is in a very securely fenced 100' by 50' stallion pen, with daily access to a treed half acre pasture. He also has a big stall in the barn, which is always open for him to run in when he wants to. He comes in for a bit of feed when the herd does. He will follow me in and out of his stall, across the yard and into the round pen. I can pet his face while he eats his grain.
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My only suggestions ... FREQUENT UPDATES. Keep a blog or use this thread to let us know day to day, and progress, and pics... It'll be sooooo much fun to look back on a year from now!

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post #55 of 252 Old 03-24-2012, 04:23 PM
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When we got our Belgian mare ..she too was a wild one...She hated people.. Hubby had issues with her charging him. He decided to go outside in the dark and sing "Down in the Valley" for hours and talking to her.. So he became her only "Herd" member when night time was scary since we kept her alone form the other horses. She started to look forward to their night "romance time" and would stand by the fence at dusk waiting for him.. She mellowed enough to put a halter on her and start her to teach her to lead..It took about 3 months before she trusted him enough to work with her..

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Im going to go watch a episode of "Clinton Anderson" then I will tell you exactly what to do.
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post #57 of 252 Old 03-29-2012, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Update: The roundpen is almost dry! We have decided on a set amount of time to get him going and halter broke, if we don't make enough progress we will have him sedated and do his feet etc. Here are a few more pics:

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Drooool. He is so stunningly gorgeous.

He wasn't rearing at you in that first pic was he??
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post #59 of 252 Old 03-29-2012, 12:39 AM
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he's super handsome. But...after being untouched for so long, I doubt youll be able to get anyone he isnt used to close enough to trim his feet in any certain amount of time. You might get him started with halter breaking, but adding in another person can throw them for a loop. Why not just knock him out and trim those yucky feet up sooner rather than later? It took 6 months before my aunts farrier could touch her stallions feet, and he was halter broke. And ridable.

Why do people ruin such incredible things? With a horse that size, the earlier the better. Going this long without training is unacceptable and purely dangerous. And sad.

Also, when he's knocked out, could you put a halter and lead on him to drag around like some people do with foals/wild mustangs to make him easier to catch?

Does he come up to you in his turnout? Let you get close at all?
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post #60 of 252 Old 03-29-2012, 12:55 AM
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What an impressive beast he is... So glad that things are progressing, albeit slowly, in the right direction.

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