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post #11 of 13 Old 03-08-2010, 11:02 AM
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• Horses: 3 arab mare moves some. Not when im actually grooming but when I switch sides she moves over so that i have more room on the side im on and so she can watch what im doing. She also moves if something scares her or she thinks there is a threat. If that happens she lightly bumps me with her side or shoves her nose in front of me till she is between me and what ever is not suppose to be there.

To be honest this kind of moving doesnt bug me. So long as she is still while im actually touching her im good. Plus i dont mind her giving me more room LOL :)

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post #12 of 13 Old 03-08-2010, 01:23 PM
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hey everyone I train horses for a living im glade to help. When it comes to hobble breaking it is very simple. the best way to go about it is to put them in a round pen or large pasture. put the hobbles on him and let him go he will probly fight it for a good few minutes and he may not. once you have dont that a few times tie him to a tree with the hobbles on and once he is used to that bring him in the cross ties and he should be fine for you. If you dont have hobbles you can make your own with binder twin take 3 or 4 strands and brade them. You could also try tieing his foot up again back out to the round pen or pasture then he cant paw or move very good at all just tie up his front foot and follow the steps about big space or round pen. after tieing his foot up a few times he will get the point when he tires from having his foot tied up and begin to brush him and he will get it never tie up one foot in the cross ties it is very dangerous to both you and the horse good luck if you have any questions please e mail me @
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post #13 of 13 Old 03-08-2010, 01:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Brighteyes View Post
My granddad use to teach horses to tie and stay still by cross tying them between trees for an hour or two. They would paw and swirm, but they soon learned it was a waste of energy. He would watch, and as soon as they settled down he would come over the give them some hay and groom. If they started moving again, he would leave them for another 20 minutes or so. For really hard headed horses, it took about five or more times, but most got the message after two or three tries. Most of the time his method worked pretty well.
This is the exact same method that my trainer uses and it seems very effective. She will tie them and make them stand there quietly before she will pay them any attention. She does it from time to time too just to remind the lesson horses that they need to stand patiently.

She also has hobble broke all of her horses. Not only does this seem to cut down on pawing, but teaches the horse patients as well as trust of their human handler. Its also a great safety thing, insuring that hopefully if a horse rolls and gets its leg stuck in the fence then it won't panic and seriously injure itself, instead it will hopefully wait for somebody to come and release it.

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