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post #1 of 36 Old 08-21-2012, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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Just for fun: How do you call your horses?

After discovering my pony's "odd-ball call," I got curious as to how other folks call their horses in...

Bamber's call is my yelling, "Hey you boy!" Drag out the "you" and "boy" a little bit, and it comes out as if I'm yelling "'Ey yyoo boooyyy."

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post #2 of 36 Old 08-21-2012, 12:27 PM
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I do the wolf whistle and they come running.
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post #3 of 36 Old 08-21-2012, 12:33 PM
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We call our horses up by name, and we use the word "hep". I have trained my Thoroughbred to come to me with a "hi-lo" whistle that I have used for a long long time. It's always been one of my trademark kinda things. My kids, wife, and all our animals know when they hear it, it's me. Sonny, my Thoroughbred, knows that when he hears it, I'm waiting for him to come! No matter what he's doing, it's heads up, he looks for me, and comes right to me. I remember when we watched "War Horse" and he called his horse at the end of the movie, it made me smile, and gave me a big lump in my throat. I immediately thought of my Sonny Boy.
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post #4 of 36 Old 08-21-2012, 12:35 PM
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I do a 'lo-hi' whistle - though, I'm not very good at whistling... so on the days when it seems like I just can't whistle, I just holler their names.

I initially thought a whistle would be better at reaching them when they're at the far end of the pasture, I forgot to take my pathetic whistling abilities into account... oops.

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post #5 of 36 Old 08-21-2012, 12:38 PM
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they all surprising respond to independent phrases and a herd call:

for denny - hey a**hole come on
( he looks at me and snorts then i go in)

for lil red - come on big momma sounds like commeon big mooommmmaaaa
( just say these words and she will meet you by the gate)

for bailey - whats up pretty boy sounds a bit like a high pitched annoying voice but he loves it...
(generally he looks at me first then i say that line and he will meet me at the gate)

for jessie - jessie boy (you say anything jessie and he picks his head up and nickers and turns to your voice, then we go in and catch him)

for the herd to come running - come and get it (shortly after you will hear the stampede and they will all line up for there food)
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post #6 of 36 Old 08-21-2012, 01:19 PM
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I yell to mine DINNER TIME B*****S . They all come running. Hey whatever works right?
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post #7 of 36 Old 08-21-2012, 01:22 PM
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I usually yell "Come on kids" which brings them thundering in from the back field. :)

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post #8 of 36 Old 08-21-2012, 01:29 PM
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I call them by their names or if they're in a big group C'mon guys!
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post #9 of 36 Old 08-21-2012, 02:20 PM
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No words needed, just the sound of lifting the lid off the metal can with the grain brings them all in.
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post #10 of 36 Old 08-21-2012, 02:33 PM
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ill be talking to my dogs and they will be at the gate by the time i reach them. in the pasture i can go "come here boy/Flash" point to him and pat my thigh and he will come over most of the time... its like i have a VERY big dog considering hes the biggest horse... i can say Harleys name and he will come... most of the time. ill say all their names "harley, Flash, Cody' adn they will come over also if they are in the big pasture.
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