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        09-20-2010, 02:57 PM
      #21
    Trained
    An idea for you (did this with one of my mares to get her to stand) but you need a round pen.

    I take a rope, like a lead rope or whatever, doesn't need to be anything special, drape it over the back and down the side (like a cinch would hang). Grab it and bring it up like you would cinching. When the horse moves, drop the "cinch" end and send him off. Make him move his feet. He can stand when he is being "cinched" up, but if he chooses to move, I would make him move and make it more work to avoid the cinch then it is to stand still.


    I hope that made sense as I suck at explaining things I can do and picture doing.
         
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        09-20-2010, 02:58 PM
      #22
    Foal
    He lets me touch his belly, I rub all over his belly constantly, that's one of the only places he lets me touch with out being jumpy... I've only had him a couple of days so I didnt expect him to act like I've owned him for years but he is fine with belly touching... just not cinching up the girth...
         
        09-20-2010, 02:59 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by NdAppy    
    An idea for you (did this with one of my mares to get her to stand) but you need a round pen.

    I take a rope, like a lead rope or whatever, doesn't need to be anything special, drape it over the back and down the side (like a cinch would hang). Grab it and bring it up like you would cinching. When the horse moves, drop the "cinch" end and send him off. Make him move his feet. He can stand when he is being "cinched" up, but if he chooses to move, I would make him move and make it more work to avoid the cinch then it is to stand still.


    I hope that made sense as I suck at explaining things I can do and picture doing.
    Great idea
         
        09-20-2010, 03:00 PM
      #24
    Showing
    There are 2 ways that I deal with horses who move around when I try to cinch them up and which way I choose first depends on their temperment and their attitude. I will either a) let them move around, I will put the latigo through the cinch and keep it just tight enough to put pressure on the girth, then when they start to move, I will keep their head tipped toward me and let them circle until they stop then I release girth pressure or b) I will run the lead rope through one of the panels of the round-pen and hold onto the other end, that way when they start moving around their head is kept close to the fence and they can only dance back and forth. If you do this though, you need to have a lead rope that is long enough that you can get back out of the way without letting him go if he swings toward you.
         
        09-20-2010, 03:01 PM
      #25
    Foal
    NdAppy I might just try that its a good idea... thanks =) ok now everyone I have a question about his feet... he lifts them up.. but plants them right back on the ground.. then up then down then up then down... I don't have a problem getting them up its keeping them up... do I just hang on and let him throw his fit?
         
        09-20-2010, 03:02 PM
      #26
    Trained
    Does he give them easily and is yanking them out of your hands to plant back down?
         
        09-20-2010, 03:04 PM
      #27
    Foal
    He gives them very easily I just have to put my hand on his foot and say give and give a little tug and up it comes and then he just puts it right down like he's tapping his foot almost if I keep my hand on his foot he gives it right back up... and then down again lol I don't know how to explain it better than that lol
         
        09-20-2010, 03:06 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Well I would hold his foot up, as soon as he stops fighting to put it down I would put it down. And then I would start increasing the time I am holding it until he isn't fighting about it anymore. It can take a while, but repetition is the key there. Make sense?
         
        09-20-2010, 03:08 PM
      #29
    Foal
    Yup thank you... any ideas about getting him better at putting the halter on easier? I had to corner him, pin him against the wall and wait until he stopped fidgeting and then I put it on him but it took like almost a half an hour... lol
         
        09-20-2010, 03:19 PM
      #30
    Banned
    I would say that training him should be the same as training a youngster. Slow and steady.
         

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