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    10-12-2012, 03:50 PM
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Yeah, we do something like that, too. :) But, in order to do this safely, the horse has to respect his handler, be very aware of personal space and accept him as a lead horse. If the handler is not a real leader for the horse and has poor body language, such games can quickly turn dangerous - for example, a horse can rear as he would when playing with another horse, and, if the handler will shy away, the horse can learn that rearing is a way to dominate, or even charge or kick out within the borders of the handlers' personal space.

And, to get to a spot where playing is fun for both horse and the handler, groundwork and lots of undemanding time together are crucial. :)

Hah, I tricked the Universe today and managed to visit Snickers after all, and I even got a ride home in the car of a horsey friend who suddenly decided to visit us. :)
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    10-12-2012, 03:58 PM
Thanks for the playing tips. I don't think Mellzy is quite to that point yet. Before I got her, she had never really been messed with and never had to deal with space issues or respect, especially for people. The girl I bought her from was more focused on another horse. She's made huge improvements so far and doesn't try to walk in my bubble anymore, but she's still got a little ways to go before I'd feel comfortable doing stuff like this. I used to do the same type of things with my haflingers when I was checking fences and stuff, never really thought of it as playing.
    10-12-2012, 06:45 PM
My previous mare May was very timid, and was obviously very used to being the bottom of the pecking order wherever she went. I really never had any issues with her challenging my authority as leader or pushing into my personal space. Her problems were more along the lines of spooking and being afraid. With her, I played a lot and I think it put her at ease and she realized that I wasn't going to bully her or beat up on her every time we interacted.

Wyn is completely different - she is EXTREMELY intelligent and is very quick to pick up on perceived weakness in her handler. So far we haven't played any games yet because I think she would escalate into kicking or rearing - so I want to make sure we have a really good foundation first.

I've heard that it sometimes takes arabs a little longer to develop a solid trusting relationship and I'm ok with taking our time. I've only had her since spring, after all. It'll come. :)
    10-12-2012, 07:03 PM
WOW, so much has happened since I've last been able to write here. I bought a new horse, a two year old buttermilk buckskin named Walker. He has Docs Prescription and Walkers Major on his papers and he's just gorgeous. I dropped him off to have a month of traning put on by a wonderful amish gentlemen who squeezed me in before winter. My paint colt is being sold, just had so much happen and change around I need to focus on one riding horse and I cannot wait to get him back and bond with him. We went to Caroline for five days a huge trail ride and threw a breast cancer benefit and raised $1500! I've been so busy lately and am ready for the weekend. Then next weekend we're going to nine mile for the trail ride. Anyone know how to fast forward so I can get my boy home? AND sorry for the random post so much to tell, my BO brought two little buckskin babies home a boy and a girl. So now we have a buckskin clan. Pictures will be coming SOON. I promise. How is everyone else doing, what are you plans for the weekend?

Failbhe-- my arab was abused and I would say it does take longer for that "bond" to form, but when it does it's amazing. He has really latched onto me, and I'm the ONLY one who can ride him and he lets me do anything to him. They really do remember, I'd just give it time and go slow.
    10-13-2012, 10:18 AM
It is so nice to be able to come on here and talk to other horsey people. Just thought I would say thank you to all of you :)

Annanoel, congrats on the purchase! What did you name your new horse?

And as far as my weekend plans, they consist of homework, paperwork, and then more homework, and work :) YAY COLLEGE! *insert slightly insane smile here*
    10-13-2012, 12:49 PM
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I agree, cowgirl, this thread is pure pleasure and I really appreciate this chance to chat to you all! :)

I have started teaching Snickers the Forbidden Jutsu (Naruto nerds, anyone? ) of horsey training. Anyone can guess what it is?
    10-13-2012, 01:49 PM
Just had a lovely little session with Wyn - she was all Jekyll and no Hyde today. Nothing too strenuous, just a good long groom and a little lunge, but it was nice. :) I'll tuck this memory in the back of my mind for the next Ms. Hyde day...
    10-13-2012, 02:00 PM
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It's always pleasant to have such nice and relaxing days with our horses. :)

Bitted riders - what do you think of this bit as a first one for introducing a horse to being ridden in a bit? I have been borrowing bits alike for introducing Snickers to being bitted as such, but I want to buy my own for when I will start teaching him in being ridden bitted. I will stay a bitless rider anyway for most of the time, but I believe that it is valuable for any horse to know all kinds or riding styles.
    10-13-2012, 02:05 PM
Failbhe glad you had a good horsey day!

Saranda- were you planning on posting a photo? One didn't come up
    10-13-2012, 02:10 PM
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No, I haven't got a photo of what we're learning yet. So you'll have to try and guess. :)

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