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post #11 of 24 Old 05-20-2012, 03:47 AM Thread Starter
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I have been leading them and they will stay even with my shoulder and I can get them to back up as well. I was trying some stuff with them the other day where I would tell them to come and I would start walking with them , and then I would say stop and pull back on the halter and they would stop and than I would do the come again and stop and so on and so forth . I am trying to get them to follow me without me having to hold on to the lead rope . They seemed to do really good with it but I didn't try it without the lead rope yet. Yeah that last little bit was a little confusing , but I have been looking up some of the stuff you have been telling me online and have been finding more information and videos on it as well! I am very thankful for this , you have been very informative for me!
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post #12 of 24 Old 05-20-2012, 03:51 AM
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Well if you need me to break it down for you, let me know.

But yeah the more they respect you, the more they will follow you without you asking because they feel safe with you.

Does that make sense?

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
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post #13 of 24 Old 05-20-2012, 03:55 AM Thread Starter
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Makes perfect sense ! I can't wait until the morning so I can start with with again! I got a feeling we are going to get something accomplished , well maybe !
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Makes perfect sense ! I can't wait until the morning so I can start with with again! I got a feeling we are going to get something accomplished , well maybe !
:) Yeah just keep sessions short, always end on a good note.

Best of luck! One of these days I'll make some videos.

And feel free to msg me if you need additional help!

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post #15 of 24 Old 05-20-2012, 04:01 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much and I promise ya I will message ya if I get stuck of something lol!
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post #16 of 24 Old 05-20-2012, 12:24 PM
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That's some good info sky! There is nothing wrong with loving your horse as I love mine. But please remember a horse is not a dog or child they are looking for a leader.I strongly suggest that you hook up with someone that can help you with your horses until you become more aware of what the horse is saying to you through there body language .

When we get a new horse the first thing that I do is show him leadership by round penning longing ect.Please be careful longing your horse if you have never done this before,all horses are different and will try you in several ways.I have had horses in a slit second pin there ears turn and charge me it's not a good feeling.I am in no way trying to scare you I am only telling you things that can happen so be ready to counter react if these circumstances arise. Good luck and have fun!
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post #17 of 24 Old 05-20-2012, 04:11 PM Thread Starter
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I tried longing today and it didn't go so well ! It's not as easy as I thought it would be and I don't think it was Scooter's problem , I believe it was me not knowing what I was doing ! I finally stopped trying cause I was scared I was going to confuse the horse and make things worse so I am just going to have to have someone come out here and help me out a little ! They did good today with putting the halters on and leading them around. They were already towards the front of the pasture when I went out there and gave me no problems with putting on the halter! When I put Scooter up , I also noticed that when I locked the gate up and headed back up towards the house that they both followed the fence line and walked with me . It's a working progress on all of our parts lol !
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post #18 of 24 Old 05-20-2012, 04:48 PM
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I'm glad you're excited by having your horses but a lot of things have me worrying & wondering.
Do you know about horse husbandry? Is their pasture large enough & with the right kind of forage to sustain them? Do you have a hay source?
Do you have adequate shelter & safe fencing?
Do you have a vet & farrier lined up to maintain the horses?
Please excuse me if you are well versed in these areas.

The kind of questions you are asking are entry level stuff. Maybe you would be better off boarding them someplace where you can pick up some pointers & perhaps work daily with someone?
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post #19 of 24 Old 05-20-2012, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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I am a beginner at all of this but if this makes sense an experienced rider lol...My mother would keep up with the upkeep of the horses when I was younger and never had to really do it , besides the basics. I have not rode in like 8 years but I know how , I just don't really know how to work with the horses. My horses live on 22 acres of pasture , and some of it has trees in the backround so they got good shade, I have a pretty large size barn and they have shelter out of the elements , they have a pond (so they have water at all times) we have so much pasture right now that it's all they are getting , pluse Cash is about 400 lbs over weight , when winter comes I have 2 round bale hay holders , they have already been wormed since I have had them and their shots, have a couple of farriers I am looking and researching on in my area , and we know a vet in the area that used to work on our cattle when we had them. I can understand where you are coming from , but I know pretty much the basics but need to understand the work you do with like training , because that I have never done ! I know some might find it crazy that I know how to ride , but I don't know how to work with horses but my mom did all of that and I never paid any attention to her (like most kids would) and now that she is gone I really haven't had anyone to go to for advice until I came on here and have had what I would think some of the best advice I could be given ! ( thanks guys!!)
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post #20 of 24 Old 05-20-2012, 11:09 PM
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I tried longing today and it didn't go so well ! It's not as easy as I thought it would be and I don't think it was Scooter's problem , I believe it was me not knowing what I was doing ! I finally stopped trying cause I was scared I was going to confuse the horse and make things worse so I am just going to have to have someone come out here and help me out a little ! They did good today with putting the halters on and leading them around. They were already towards the front of the pasture when I went out there and gave me no problems with putting on the halter! When I put Scooter up , I also noticed that when I locked the gate up and headed back up towards the house that they both followed the fence line and walked with me . It's a working progress on all of our parts lol !
Lunging is an art form, I tell ya! I would stick on the halter and leadrope for now :) Until you're comfortable with that and your horses begin to understand you.

Wonderful progress though!!! :) I'm proud of you!!

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That's some good info sky!
Thank you :)

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pluse Cash is about 400 lbs over weight , when winter comes I have 2 round bale hay holders , they have already been wormed since I have had them and their shots, have a couple of farriers I am looking and researching on in my area , and we know a vet in the area that used to work on our cattle when we had them. I can understand where you are coming from , but I know pretty much the basics but need to understand the work you do with like training , because that I have never done ! I know some might find it crazy that I know how to ride , but I don't know how to work with horses but my mom did all of that and I never paid any attention to her (like most kids would) and now that she is gone I really haven't had anyone to go to for advice until I came on here and have had what I would think some of the best advice I could be given ! ( thanks guys!!)
Well I'm glad you're so gun-ho to learn! We're definitely willing to help you. And I'm glad you're considering getting a trainer to help you with lunging. Things can get very complicated, especially when it comes to reading the horse and deciding what to do with your body. So yeah stick with the halter and rope for now until you can get some help in person.

As for your horse being overweight, that's a problem. Do you have pictures? What is his current diet atm? You said he's got access to pasture. Does he get grain and hay? Maybe start calling around to some vets in the area (the forum has a feature to find vets in the area.. maybe that would help you?)

Equine Vet Directory - Find a local equine vet

The vet should know some farriers as well if you need help with that too.

Best of luck!

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