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post #1 of 8 Old 07-17-2009, 12:39 PM Thread Starter
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A deeper bond..

Hello everyone,
How do you develop a deeper bond with your horse? (Apart from riding)
I've heard about exercises and games you could do with your horse,
but how do you do it?

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post #2 of 8 Old 07-17-2009, 12:51 PM
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I bond with my mare by simply brushing her, treats, playing with her, hand walking her, ect.

Sometimes when I have a little extra time on my hands i will go to the barn and just go into her pasture and pet her, and give her treats ect. she loves it!

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post #3 of 8 Old 07-17-2009, 02:02 PM
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What's already been said. I do like to talk quietly to her/him and have found all her and his (too) favorite spots to scratch and rub.

Even during these "bonding" moments though, I enforce good manners. I believe that is very important to reinforce my position in the "herd" too. What's great is it takes so little to do this now. Just gets better and better.
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post #4 of 8 Old 07-17-2009, 02:31 PM
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I play in freedom with my horse,
doing things like follow me whatever I do, if I jump, she jumps next to me, when I gonna swim, she is swimming with me ...

just playing, and be the leader of the 'herd'

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post #5 of 8 Old 07-17-2009, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Ah sounds like nice ways all of you have.
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post #6 of 8 Old 07-17-2009, 08:07 PM
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i give paul massages and spend a lot of time just touching and hugging him. we play follow the leader in the pasture. i just love the connection

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post #7 of 8 Old 07-17-2009, 09:17 PM
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all of my horses are ride able bareback and bridleless, and i can easily direct them just because we have a bond... it's like a trust thing, along with the bond. never put your horse in a situation in which you ask them to do something they could get hurt or scared. if you show them that you will never ask them to do something that will injure or scare them, they will trust and bond with you more easily... i also just spend time with them, give treats, petting on them, extra grooming. if they seem truly scared of something instead of just acting up i will comfort them and i will touch it before asking them to go near it. i never pressure them into something... but gradually train them more and more until i am sure that they have the confidence to do what i ask without me having to push them into doing it. i don't know, i think it's just like, the time spent with them, the accomplishments and the failures, and you know... those people that you see sometimes that always blame their horse after a fall, bad show, not placing, etc... they cry and make their parents put the horse away and take care of it because they are mad... they don't have the bonds. i think it has something to do with that through the good and the bad, even when you and the horse know you've screwed up, you still love on them and put them away and realize that everyone makes mistakes. lol, i just love to get on one of mine and let them go into the pasture with the others and i just ride them down there bareback and brideless, with the others running alongside... feels like flying. =)

lol i've rambled quite a bit. whoops. haha.

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post #8 of 8 Old 07-18-2009, 10:40 AM
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I like just spending time with Sam... hand-walking him down to the pond next to his pasture is one thing i'd like to do. I rode him out to a quiet spot in his pasture once and just got off and sat in front of him. He looked so quiet and calm and relaxed. It feels good to just sit and think with your horse.

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