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post #21 of 27 Old 01-28-2009, 11:13 PM
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Um, sorry but if he has had little interaction and is not even gelded yet, he probably was trying to strike at you. If he were handled more and really wanted to come up to you in a non-timid way, then I would agree that he might be trying to play or be bored. Just because it may not appear threatening, does not mean that he was not trying to strike. I am sure you are well aware already, but I would be extremely careful when stepping into a stall with him. Good luck though!

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post #22 of 27 Old 01-28-2009, 11:16 PM
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^^^ yes this is very true :) I was just under the impression that this horse wasn't appearing aggressive especially because he backed down when asked to stop pawing. But so true to watch out for that :)
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post #23 of 27 Old 01-28-2009, 11:32 PM
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My colt was 11 mos. old when I got him and had sort of been halter broke but to catch him, we had to herd him into a barn and then into a stall where he would finally let you get a halter on him. He was very fearful and flinchy. We kept him away from other horses so he couldn't bond with anyone except us, loved on him as much as he would permit and sometimes just hung out near him, reading a book so he could check us out. He's now a 17.3+ pocket pony, so easy to train. Goodluck with your young one.

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post #24 of 27 Old 01-29-2009, 09:49 PM Thread Starter
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thanks everyone :)

that was my first strike was he was thinking about charging me. Because he always got directly infront of me. I guess i just got to exstablish who boss is with him lol

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post #25 of 27 Old 01-31-2009, 01:16 AM
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I'v worked with 2 mustangs like him and I notice that they paw when they are nervious almost as a warning to let you know they are uncomfey also you had mentioned that u were confused about round pen training and that starts with when he moves away from u u push him so that it is you telling him where to go when he starts to look at you stop and stand at a submisive postion inviting him to come to you so that he relizes that is what you want if he keeps going keep pushing eventually he will stop and let you get closer when you approch him always go to him shoulder and dont walk p to him with suared shoulders hope his makes since its kinda hard to write out
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post #26 of 27 Old 01-31-2009, 01:30 AM
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Yes, what arastangrider said is correct (if I understood it correctly). I would put him in a round pen and work on the join-up. There is another thread in the Natural Horsemanship section that is called "flip that horse". I really like the way that the woman in the videos did all her groundwork. I really think this would work for your stang. After you get him where you can touch him, I would not punish the nipping or the pawing with a pop on the shoulder yet. He is still deciding whether or not to trust you and that could break what little trust he has. I would make him move away any time that he did the inappropriate behavior and pressure him into circles until he stopped again. I would love to see some pix and I wish you luck. Mustangs are very smart and can be a real challenge. My 2 that I have are really sweet but I have to stay 1 step ahead of them at all times.

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post #27 of 27 Old 01-31-2009, 04:33 PM
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Good Luck! Just be careful putting the halter in a bucket of grain...I have heard of people trying that with their horses and the horses got smart and would stay away from the grain bucket, or snatch a bite too fast for you to put the halter on. I'd try it with the halter in the bucket, let him eat the grain, but don't put the halter on. Just alternate (that is, if you're not going to have a halter on him all the time) between actually catching him with the halter like that then not. At least, that's how I'd do it.

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