Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Horses, same as people, have different personalities. Some horses are "people" horses but many are weary of the different homes they have been to. I've had horses that took to me right away and came to me when I called after the 2nd or 3rd day. Then there were others who took months and one or two that took nearly a year to get comfortable. Consistency is the key.
Initially I'll spend a great deal of time with a new horse, just talking to him and maybe a pet or two. If I sense that he is going to turn away from me, I'll retreat before he gets a chance to walk away. I'll wait a few minutes and go back to him. What I also like to do with all horses is to halter them, attach a long lead, and walk them around the farm. I'll go about normal things like picking up a rake that I may have left against a tree the day before, or fill the water bucket for the ducks. I may even walk to the mailbox out by the street and watch the cars go by. I try to keep him out for at least an hour or so. Basically it is like the Stockholm Syndrome when a captive person begins to associate with their captors after a while.
I've never had a horse that didn't respond - but some just took a lot of time.
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