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        10-01-2008, 08:58 PM

    When I went into the pasture today I brought some grain instead of a carrot, apple, or horse treat. I showed it to him, gave him a tiny little bit, then walked up to the gate. He followed me (slowly lol) and I gave him the rest and gave him lots of pets.
    I did some groundwork with him and rode him in the obstical course (which he seems to like better than the arena), and then I let him eat grass for a while. Then I put him back in the pasture.

    I went to the grain bin and filled a bag full of it, and went out in the pasture. I had him chase me for he grain....then I left. Waited maybe 10 minutes...went to the opposite gate and called for him. And.....he CAME! Even though the mean moody mare, Dolly, was by me, he came!

    Sorry I just had to share that with everyone
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        10-01-2008, 09:13 PM
    I'm glad that Sonny came to you. I wouldn't advise making him chase you for grain again though. It could end very badly with food aggression.

    I'm all Yea!!!...but....ummmmmm...maybe that wasn't a good idea...LOL

    I wish you would have been sitting here beside me when I read your post. LMAO
        10-01-2008, 09:26 PM
    Hehehe thanks Dumas!

    Well I'm just trying to get him to follow me and whatnot. He's never had any agression in him at all. He'd chase me at a canter or a trot, but the minute I stopped he would literally slam on his breaks. You could see his "skid" marks in the field (because the ground was kinda wet). He chases me on my side, but directly behind me so I'm not worried about him bumping into me. The only time he's going to be getting grain is when I come to take him out. So that way he associates me with being good. The BO has weaned him off the grain so the only person that will be giving him grain is me.

    I was reading on some websites that a good way to get a horse to come to you is you give them food....and block off the food, and then you allow them to eat etc. Well since I can't really do that, I thought the grain would work since he loves it.

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