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    03-30-2012, 10:58 PM
  #11
Showing
It's been my experience that I bond with a horse quicker when we are doing a job that they enjoy. I bonded tightly with a little pony that I only had for about 60 days after I started using him in a feedlot every day. That was 8+ hours of hard work, but he really enjoyed it and he started really liking to come stand next to me in the evening after I turned him loose and he would walk up and stick his own head in the halter each morning in the dark when I went to catch him.
     
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    03-30-2012, 11:03 PM
  #12
Foal
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
Two words: trail walks.

That's all I did with Aires for the first three months I had him because he wasn't broke to ride. Now, hardly anything spooks him (except for the goat across the street that he is convinced is going to eat him) and a lot of the time, I can walk him with the lead flipped over his back and my hands free.
This is what I did with my mare when I got her! She was completely green and I got the saddle on her and started off on trails. She is very well behaved for me, and barley spooks at anything anymore! It is also very relaxing
     
    03-31-2012, 01:06 AM
  #13
Foal
We discussntopics while she is grazing or I'm brushing her :)
     
    03-31-2012, 01:20 AM
  #14
Yearling
Ground work, hand walks, grooming, just spending time with her etc.
     
    03-31-2012, 02:07 AM
  #15
Trained
I think if you don't think about it just happens. Some horses love to be groomed, some don't, some like baths, some don't...but ALL horses love to learn if and when they are taught with love, understanding, and patience. Teach him/her something and never show frustration. When they "get it" ... lay the "kudos" on thick!
     
    03-31-2012, 02:11 AM
  #16
Trained
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
Two words: trail walks.

That's all I did with Aires for the first three months I had him because he wasn't broke to ride. Now, hardly anything spooks him (except for the goat across the street that he is convinced is going to eat him) and a lot of the time, I can walk him with the lead flipped over his back and my hands free.
haha, well I don't blame him...goats spook me, the stinky little devils!

Do you mean you walked him in hand on the trail, or under saddle?
     
    03-31-2012, 02:28 AM
  #17
Showing
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Originally Posted by Missy May    
haha, well I don't blame him...goats spook me, the stinky little devils!

Do you mean you walked him in hand on the trail, or under saddle?
In hand. He was a two-year-old unhandled, barely halter-broke, untrained stud colt that was 15hh and a solid 1200lbs when I bought him. He got bored walking around the property, so we started walking along the roads behind the barn. We'd get some mighty funny looks, especially if my friend was riding her arab mare (who was all of *maybe* 14hh) along with us. However, I now have one of the only horses at the barn who can walk on the road with the lead flipped over his back and my hands free and he doesn't spook or wander. I also have one of the only horses at the barn who insists on investing every cool mailbox we come across, as well as every large trash can. I'll have to get a pic of his favorite mailbox. Big, black, metal, with flames painted on it.

After he started training under saddle, but before he was really rideable, I would saddle him up and take him on trail walks. Got him used to the feel of the saddle and the stirrups flapping around.

The walks were also great for me because I was a bit overweight and very out of shape at the time and going on all those walks in the middle of the summer helped slim me down.
Missy May likes this.
     
    03-31-2012, 06:57 AM
  #18
Trained
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Originally Posted by OuttatheBlue    
Or if you like running take her jogging with you :) I loved jogging beside the road with my horse, we would get the funniest looks.
I used to do this a lot (and you do get funny looks), but I found it is a great way to teach your horse to match your pace and stay right on your shoulder.
     

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