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        01-04-2013, 04:59 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    Just keep at it. I bought a yearling colt this year who had nearly no handling, was very shy and wouldn't let me catch him or even touch him. I started touching him while he ate his grain. I didn't have any time agenda, so I only did it for a few minutes daily at either breakfast or dinner. At first he would back off but grain is a good lure. He'd come back and learn to tolerate it so he could eat. That has evolved into touching, haltering, picking up all feet nicely, and blanketing. He's discovered it's nice to be near me and get scratches and attention. Bit of a brag, but I'm super happy with how nice he became, and he even runs over when he sees me.
         
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        01-09-2013, 12:53 AM
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    Started
    How is it going? :)
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        01-09-2013, 01:07 AM
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    Yearling
    I also would put a pile of hay out and sit in a lawn chair reading when we had a couple new horses here, my mare was very bossy with them and I had a riding crop and would bop her if she even gave them the eye LOL they learned quick that I was the leader and one to stick close to when I was out there. My mare was 3yrs. Old and brought in trained and rode 30 days, everything scared her! I would sit out there and read, eventually curiousity gets the best of them and once they figure out what a brush is for there is no getting rid of them LOL
    Good luck!
         

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