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    01-27-2009, 01:51 PM
Question Any other ideas?

Hey guys. I have been around horses since I was 12 years old (im 19 now). I have often trained horses for people or broke them to ride. I just had a 2 year old stallion mustang given to me. However I can barley touch him. I can feed him hay and sweet feed out of my hand and barley rub the tip of his nose, but that's it. I plan on getting him halter broke so I can get him gelded so I can start training him. Do you know of anyways I can get him people friendly quickly? The only thought I have had is everyday I take him feed try to rub on him till he gets to know me better
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    01-27-2009, 02:12 PM
If he were halter broke it certainly would be easier. If you have a small enclosure you could try putting your hand on his shoulder for example and if he moves away, move with him. When he stops, release the pressure but taking your hand off. The quickly learn that when they stay calm and don't move away the pressure is taken off.

That is good he takes food from your hand - I'm sure he'll get friendlier as he realizes you bring him his treats. You could also try feeding him out of a bucket and while he is distracted and eating you could rub him.
    01-27-2009, 02:20 PM
Green Broke
He just has to learn to trust you. Try not to push if he isn't ready, and just continue what you are doing. Over time, you will be able to rub him just a little more and a little more. Now that since he is a 2 year old, you have the trust issue to deal with BUT you also have the baby mentality! I'm not sure how that works if you were to repremand him at this point in your relationship. What I would do continue feeding and building up, then once you can touch him a good amount try showing him the halter and so on. If he were to bite, or turn his butt to you (in normal circumstances) you would have to establish yourself as Alpha mare, but I'm not sure what you would do in this case.....

There is no fast or easy way to gain their trust. As long as you go out there without time on your mind and just his best interest, things will move a long quicker. Good luck!

Oh and how long have you had him for? Have you ever started a baby from the ground up?
    01-27-2009, 02:32 PM
I got him about 4 days ago... I just went out to the barn today to show him to a friend and I fed him some and he let both of us rub his nose and head. He tryed to bite at us a couple times but he didnt seem mad just like he was playing with us. I can already tell he is getting more friendly since he stays in a stall. He can tell me apart from another person also. I reckon because I go see him everyday

And also free_sprtd I have never started a baby of my own from ground up but I have helped my friend do his.
    01-27-2009, 02:39 PM
Green Broke
Ok, just wanted to know so I wasn't telling you stuff you might already know. Was he wild or domestic bred?

I have a first gen domestic bred Stang that I have had since he was 1 1/2 and I am breaking him at this moment. I've been through all those bad baby habits with him. Mustangs are so freakin smart and can really take advantage of you quick, especially the babies because you end up not wanting to be too tough with them. But you have to be alpha mare, so once this little guy starts to get friendlier in the next day or so and you get to know him better, if he tries to bite again, you have to do something about it. Whether it's playful or not, that can be a dangerous habit to have. I'de carry a small crop with you (probably in the near future) and just smack him on the shoulder with it and say NO! If he tries to bite again. Let that register in his brain for a few minutes, then try and rub again. But now, I'm not sure about the trust dont' want to lose his trust fast, but he needs to respect you....if that makes sense sorry lol. Do you have a round pen or a small turn out? If you did, then that would be great because you could work with him that way to gain his trust faster. But with the babies and being "wild" there is no true fast way.
    01-27-2009, 02:40 PM
Green Broke
Oh and welcome to the forum!! Really hope you enjoy it here :) I'd love to see pics of him. What's his name?
    01-27-2009, 02:50 PM
I have always heard a round pen would help but I don't understand how if he isnt even halter broke?

And yes I understand what you are saying about the respect thing lol and im pretty sure he was wild. I didnt ask the guy many questions I have excited to get a free horse

I don't have any pictures of him just yet...and im not sure on the name just yet either. I was thinking maybe Apollo.

The horse im on in my picture is Rebel my half Quater/Saddle horse. I trained him myself. He is about 9 now he was 5 when I got him. Oh and thanks for the welcome to the forum. I think I just might enjoy it :)
    01-27-2009, 02:50 PM
Certainly do not let him get away with biting! I've working with yearlings that tried to bite (mostly in play) but you can't let them get away with it. Since your horse is larger this may not work, but with foals I give them a quick flick on the nose with my fingers and they usually quit nipping quite fast. They don't seem to even know you did it - they just associate the flick on the nose with nipping and quit. Just don't let him get away with biting! I worked with a two-year-old Irish Draft filly that had terrible manners and she would nip and try to push me over. I had to be pretty firm with her and now she is a lovely horse.

I would love to see pics of your horse too if you have some!
    01-27-2009, 02:53 PM
Thanks Equus for the tip... I have normally always gave the pop on the nose also. And as soon as I get pictures ill be sure to show you guys
    01-27-2009, 02:59 PM
Green Broke
Yep, just carry a crop and give him a good wack on the chest or shoulder within 3 seconds of him doing it. That will cut that out as soon as possible. Is he in a small turnout because that could work too. How did he get to where he is? They had to do something right? The round pen/small turn out really can help a bunch...but you're right you will have to get him there somehow. For now, just work on trust, halter, rubbing, and discipline when needed. They learn fast and you should be able to move on quickly.

Feel free to pm me in the future if you ever feel in a bind. I know it helped me when I was working with my youngster.

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