Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
I agree with the others, but as for when you are in the coral working her, do you wait for her to submit and want to come in, or do you just wait until she looks like she's starting to show signs, let her stop and approach her?
The idea is not only to make her approach you but to also learn not to walk away.
So when she starts to walk away again, don't just follow at her shoulder until she decides to stop. Force her on again until she no longer walks away.
also, she must be exhibiting true signs of submission before you allow her the chance to come in for relief. Head down, blowing hot through her nostrils, ear on you and licking her lips.
This sort of technique can take a few sessions and hours, depending on the horse.
The other way is much slower and that is to simply go out every day or as often as possibly with your rope, brushes and even treats and just spend time being around her until she grows comfortable with you.
It may help to remove the other horse as well.
No matter what, with any horse, never go out with the soul intention of working them every time. Some horses are incredibly sensitive to this and therefor become hard to catch because they've learned to associate the rope with something bad. Just go out every so often just to catch them, lead them a few feet and turn them loose or spend time brushing or taking them out to grass.
It's impossible to unsour a horse if you continue to practice the same things that soured them in the first place ;)
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