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        10-02-2013, 10:28 PM
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    I've been trying to get my dad's horse to join up and get a connection. My dad thinks you can't train an old dog new tricks but I think there's hope. His name is Apache he's 16 or 17.. is it to late to work with him to get him to join up, or do liberty work? Apache's such a laid back horse he's super calm and a true gentleman.. It's like he doesn't even understand a join up.. He runs off and just stands there.
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        10-02-2013, 10:32 PM
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    Foal
    I've never tried join up but it sounds interesting! Curious to hear what people have to say.
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        10-02-2013, 10:39 PM
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    A horse can learn to join up no matter what age or breed. You need a round pen to get it done.
         
        10-02-2013, 10:41 PM
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    I did this with my horse and its very similar to join up but easier as you are encouragihing your horse to follow you.
    Lunge like normal with a long rope and start walking towards your horses bum at an angle but not close enough to be kicked than ignore him and walk away with energy and relaxation (in the direction you were facing the horse), keeping your posture good. If your horse is actually listening to you they should follow you as you have just lunged them and they should be following your direction, if they are being respect full and following your direction when you walk away they still should be following your commands and so the horse will follow you as they are asking what direction next.

    So you can also change it up by adding serpentines in, encouraging the horse to do a smaller circle around you on a lose lead and ect.

    You also can keep repeating the exersize but make sure you keep it interesting for both of you.
         
        10-03-2013, 03:20 AM
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    Originally Posted by Nattatonka    
    I've been trying to get my dad's horse to join up and get a connection. My dad thinks you can't train an old dog new tricks but I think there's hope. His name is Apache he's 16 or 17.. is it to late to work with him to get him to join up, or do liberty work? Apache's such a laid back horse he's super calm and a true gentleman.. It's like he doesn't even understand a join up.. He runs off and just stands there.
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    If you don't have any trouble with him, and he is a good horse who goes when he should, stops when he should and has a pretty good attitude, I'd let him be. If you don't really know how to do this, you may end up just confusing and frustrating him, and for what purpose? I don't mean to be overly negative, but it sounds like he's a good soul and maybe you might just leave good enough alone.
         

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