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        06-16-2009, 04:38 PM
    bonding question

    Ok you no how most ppl say a good way to bond with your horse is by spending lots of non demanding time w/ them? Well the barn im at is so far away I can't get there very often...therefore I can't find the happy medium between work and relaxing. I no all time spent with your horse is bonding but lets say I ride and then graze for a while-is that enough "non-demanding time?" (by the way on some days I do just go down to do one or the other but most times I can't right now) then me and my horse get exercise and non-demanding time. Do you agree? By the way im a spaz so im sure im overthinking this! Lol! Please share what you think! Thanks so much! :)
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        06-16-2009, 05:17 PM
    I personally do not think that "non-demanding time" is necessary, nor effective, to bond with a horse. A horse is looking for a leader to follow, not a BFF. Your body language is essential in getting a horse to "bond" with you. To humans, it's called bonding, but horses see it as having a leader to keep them safe and keep them fed.

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        06-16-2009, 05:24 PM
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    I've never heard it as non-demanding time, but it's a very effective way of bonding with your horse. But anytime spent with your horse is bonding. So doing a combination of exercising and then adding time where you just 'hang out' either by hand grazing or grooming is also a good way to balance it.
        06-16-2009, 05:28 PM
    I enjoy the time spent bonding with my horse. I do not know if the horse bonds with me or simply me bonding with my horse. Either way, this is time that is not replaceable. I prefer doing most of the caregiving myself, for example feeding, bathing, brushing etc. Whenever possible, I am outside with my horse doing something (if nothing else just brushing him down). I try to spend a minimum of 15 minutes a day with him. This is a link that may help you. Training Tips
        06-16-2009, 10:53 PM
    For some reason whenever I click the links it says they are blocked
        06-17-2009, 09:19 AM
    This is a link to Sylvia Scott's website, "natural horse training". She has a lots of helpful information under the "Resources" section. It is interesting to read some of the articles, but I don't know about trying some of her techniques.
        06-17-2009, 09:36 AM
    Ok ill have to go look at this website. You know im sure im thinking too far into this...i should just be going down to the barn and enjoying my horse, not worried about how I can bond considering every second spent together we r bonding. It will b much more fun if I don't worry about this, it will all happen by itself overtime. I should just stop thinking about it b/c then when I go to the barn and I have it all "planned" it is not enjoyable and yeah. Isnt it weird how even tho I ask for advice on something I end up coming up w/ the solution by myself? This happens to me all the time! I believe this is the trait of a spaz! Lol! Anyways...if you guys still have advice on the topic feel free to post-i still like reading about this. Thanks! :)

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