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    08-06-2012, 11:22 PM
I am going to start working on this at the barn where I am now so hopefully if the time ever comes he will be ready. Thanks everyone and keep psting if you think of any other tricks or ideas.
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    08-07-2012, 06:55 AM
What do you do when he comes to you now? Hopefully something nice that he's keen to get, whether that's a scratch, a treat, whatever. When he looks to you as a Good Thing that he enjoys being with, then you just add a 'cue' as he's coming to you. With repetition, he'll associate the cue to the behaviour & then you can start 'testing' it to see if it he comes when the cue is given. Start off easy - when you think he's already likely to come, when there aren't too many distractions, distance etc & get him reliable with this before 'upping the ante' in more difficult situations.
    08-07-2012, 08:41 AM
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My whole gang come when called

    08-07-2012, 09:30 AM
Originally Posted by BarrelBunny    
Yes, you can! We always either whistle or call the "leader's" name. (The most dominate horse's name. If he comes, the rest come, too.)
But you should not call the leader if you only want one horse. If you call everyone and only bring in one horse, they will start to ignore the call.
    08-07-2012, 10:03 AM
Spirit comes when called. She associates me with her favorite thing, the curry brush. Nothing better than a good rub down!
    08-07-2012, 11:06 PM
Another concern I have is that someone told me that putting horses in a herd setting makes them herd sour and not as responsive to their humans. I have never experienced this with my horse because if I get him from the herd he gives me no problem, but he is not turned out day and night with them either. What have your experiences been with this?
    08-08-2012, 07:59 PM
When I was younger and didn't own my own property, I paid pasture board and my guys stayed in a herd of 25 on 100+ acres. My horse was not herd sour at all and would come when called.

In fact, I remember one night at 10 pm - it was dark, but I was training for a ride and night riding was the only time I could ride sometimes, and I walked out to the pasture and called his name. I walked around and around in the dark (no moon, no flashlight) looking and calling and couldn't find him anywhere, just found all of the others. My dog was with me running around and helping me watch for skunks LOL!

I decided that maybe he just didn't want to come up so I turned around to go, and there he was right behind me! THE WHOLE ENTIRE TIME I was walking around calling him, he was right there. It was so dark, I couldn't see the tip of my nose. We went on a fast 5 mile ride and got back home and life went on...

I think that if they enjoy their human interaction, they will come - even if it means to leave the herd. Each horse is different!
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    08-08-2012, 09:44 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
If you call everyone and only bring in one horse, they will start to ignore the call.
I suppose if you call everyone & then ignore most of them, or chase them away they will. I tend to take the time to give them all a scratch or something & then take the one I want.

Another concern I have is that someone told me that putting horses in a herd setting makes them herd sour and not as responsive to their humans.
I will always keep my horses in a herd where possible, though at the mo it's only a herd of 2. I don't think it's fair on them to deprive them of a normal social life with other horses. Never had a problem calling them, after they initially learned I was a Good Thing! If you're not nice to be around, then of course a horse would prefer to stay in the paddock with other horses. It's the one(s) left that 'spit it' when I take someone out. Very 'herd sour' when left behind!
    08-08-2012, 10:44 PM
Great responses make me feel more positive about what I want to do with my horse. Hope to move him before fall so that he can get his coat.
    08-09-2012, 12:55 AM
Yes you can & should.
I taught my horse to come by whistle & calling his name & when he came I petted him or gave him some treats or groomed him. I mixed it up each time.Now he comes whenever everytime no food needed but sometimes I randomally remind him I'm happy he comes with a carrot or something.

But this wont happen If you arent consistant. If you only pratice once a week its not going to be as effictive.

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