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    09-01-2013, 07:56 PM
Ooh my, my...if groundwork is the problem here it will be solved, I just took it lightly thinking that he is too young and I certainly don't want to stress him. I already taught him to raise a leg and he can keep it up there for some good seconds, I don't force it though. I made him a rope halter for the sole purpose of teaching him to follow me but, from what I have seen in photos I deffinetely need a thinner rope(i used a ~8mm rope because I didnt want it to cut or bruise him).He already has a pretty decent ideea of what is it to follow me so I will just work on that a little more. He actually pushed into me, "forced" me to scratch him, went out through the door in front of me and all those things, but I didn't think it was such a big thing for horses. I have a pekingese(i guess that's how you call it) dog, about 8 months old and they get along really well, they always play and run together. Please write any tip that crosses your mind and would be helpful for a begginer like me. Also I would love links of lessons that you consider to be good. I hope I am not being rude by asking this much. Thank you very much for your posts!
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    09-01-2013, 08:25 PM
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You're not being rude at all. I am glad you want to learn and are willing to take advice. Many newcomers are not.

In my opinion (and this varies from person to person) ground work isn't a huge deal right now, but he DOES need to know how to follow you when on a lead rope, and now is a great time to get him used to you messing with every inch of his body, including rubbing his ears, picking up his feet, messing with his tail, etc., He should also know how to be tied up under supervision for a few minutes at a time very soon. Other than that, just let him be a baby.

Pushing into you, forcing you to scratch him (and by that I mean shoving his butt at you or using you as a scratching post for his head), and walking in front of you through a gate are definitely no noes with horses. Remember, he is going to end up weighing at least twice what a normal Labrador Retriever dog would weigh, and those dogs get big. Do you want an animal like that trying to drag you out of a gate or rubbing its head on you? Nope! He should wait for you to open the gate, step through, then follow you out and turn to face you while you latch the gate. My two horses ( 1 year old Thoroughbred and a 5 year old mini) can actually be 'sent' through a gate with just a point of my finger and will turn and stand to wait for me without trying to graze or walk off, and that is your end goal down the road. Your horse should ALWAYS be respectful of your space which means walking behind or even with you, at least one foot away (preferably 2), not having to be drug along, keeping pace with you. He should be willing to move in any direction you ask him to at any time without question, and he should always be attentive to you.

I will try to find some videos for you but honestly a trainer is going to be the best bet as you go along. It is very hard for a beginner to learn from someone off of youtube because each horse and each person is different.
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    09-01-2013, 08:37 PM
Well Endiku, that is somthing I would really love to achieve with my mini, and I am pretty confident I will. I don't need step-to-step guides on how to train a specific type of horse, I just need to get into that specific mindset, get to know a few methods and I am pretty confident I will manage. Thank you for helping me along. The fact that you and other members as well post and give me information means alot to me. Thank you again.
    09-01-2013, 09:34 PM
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I've had my fair share of bumps and bruises (and scars. Remember my arm? LOL) along the way so I always try to help keep others from getting into the situations I got into when I can! It took a LOT of work to un-teach some of the bad habits that I unintentionally taught my mare while I was still a beginner.

Its not so much the animal type as the animal itself. Some are very reactive, some are not. Some are sensitive and extremely intelligent, some are born with nothing but air between their ears. Some horses become aggressive easily, some will do anything not to hurt others. Some horses are natural leaders and become bossy without you to lead them, others become spooky and terrified of everything. It takes a LOT of experience to differentiate between all of those and know how to train your horse correctly. I've been around horses for over 6 years and I don't feel like I'm NEARLY good enough to ever train an animal completely on my own! I do tons of reading, I go watch clinics, I talk to other experienced people, and when I have the chance, I work with them so that they can critique me and help me along. Experience comes in doing, but it also comes in realizing when someone needs to step in and help you, which you have done. I wish you luck and be safe!
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    09-02-2013, 04:39 PM
Today I did a little leading with him and also I had some friends over. He got really angry with us around him(5 people including me) and he started jumping around and running. He does somethig similar when I keep his halter on for more than, say 5 minutes. What should I do when he gets angry because of his halter and tries to chew it or to jump around? Should I let him calm down by himself or to hold on the rope untill he decides that it is useless to try?
I am pretty happy with how he did during leading today, he kept up with me most of the time, maybe he walked a little too close to me but I guess we will work things out pretty soon regarding to leading.
    09-02-2013, 04:43 PM
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Did you reprimand him?
    09-02-2013, 05:45 PM
Well...i tried holding on to his halter but we always pulls really really hard....sometime I feel sorry for him
    09-02-2013, 05:56 PM
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That is not repriminding him, you're letting him get away with it. If he tries to run away while on the lead line, pull his head around (not too sharply) so that he's facing you and say "NO!" He'll get the message pretty quick and realize he can't just go off because he's angry and doesn't want attention. If he is 'jumping' (I'm assuming you mean bucking, crowhopping, rearing, etc) deal with them as they come. You can keep him from bucking by keeping his head up, and rearing is VERY dangerous. If he tries to rear in hand, pull him off balance. If he is 'playing' on the end of the line, give him a good tug on the lead line towards his chest, not down and again say "NO." He needs to learn to stand still on a line and let you do whatever the heck you please with him. Don't feel bad for him, he's not a puppy. He needs to learn to chill out and listen to you or you're going to have a big mess in a few months.

Again, as soon as his balls are both present, get him gelded. It will help with a lot of the behavior I think, but a lot of it is just that you're letting him get away with it.
    09-02-2013, 06:22 PM
Thanks for the quick answers! Will begin to apply them first thing in the morning
    09-02-2013, 06:26 PM
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Good luck, and remember. Be firm with him! He needs boundaries of "this is what you can and can not do" to thrive.
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