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post #11 of 18 Old 03-02-2012, 11:24 AM
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Endiku's suggestions about reading or talking on the phone, reminded me of another horse who wasn't very tame. His new owner brought him to our trainer and while the trainer worked on the hard stuff with the horse, the new owner would come out every day for 30 mins to 1 hr and sit in the horses' paddock and read the newspaper to him. The horse got used to his presence, his voice and the rattle of the newspaper all together, and would come stand right at his shoulder while the guy read. The guy kept a pocket full of treats and every time the horse let him touch him, he gave him a small treat. Didn't take real long before he and the horse were very much bonded and he could do anything he wanted around that horse.
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Get the mare haltered and have some one hold her if possible. while she is getting brushed and loved on her foal will be a)seeing positive human/horse interaction and b) getting really curious. End the session with the mare still haltered and on a lead, eating her grain from a bucket you hold. Do this as often as you can and he will slowly become accustomed to people and realize they are not out to get him.

A crush should be a very last resort, as a claustrophobic animal horses don't like to be forcibly restrained, it wont help when you are trying to get them people friendly.

The more people friendly you can get him now, the easier and future work with him will be. leaving him until weaning will solidify his bad oppinions of people(trust me, had a filly that was very wild, almost no handling until weaning, her siblings took 2 sessions to become halter broke, give to preasure and pick up their feet. she took 20
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Hi Guys
Thank you all so much for all your advice, please keep it coming, IMO one can never really learn too much.
Endiku just to quickly asnwer your question about why the mare was bred? It was an accident. Unfortunately at the time the mare didn't fully belong to me yet, she belonged to a worker on our farm who had bought her and her gelding partner for cart horses off another worker on a differetn farm. Round about christmas 2010 he went visiting with the horses on another farm and the guy he was visitings' stallion had his way with her. According to her previous owner the fact that she got pregnant is somewhere just short of a miracle as in all the years he owned her, she had been exposed to stallions, but had never fallen pregnant! Shorlty after the winter of 2011 after a year of failing to pay a cent of the money he had borrowed from my dad to buy the horses, Dad reposessed the horses and she officially came into my care. It was early in the spring that we realised she and two other mares on the farm is pregnant (the third mare doesn't belong to me, but to my DW) Sassy's mom, a pinto mare called Rain Storm got pregnant by a colt I thought I had gelded in time to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
I have had somewhere around nine foals born on the farm, unfortunately some fell by the wayside due to snakes, etc, some had to be sold, but four are living healthy, happy lives here on the farm. But it's been about three years since the last ones were born and I swore off breeding. A lot of them were due to cicumstance and lack of facilities only tamed as weanlings, but they never seemed to be of such a wild and fearfull temp. This one climbs the stable walls when I try and catch mom, then I'm barely looking at him.
I think a lot of time around him and mom is in order, will just have to do it early in the morining. Here in Postmas it easily reaches 36 C at 10 am.
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Hi Guys
Thank you all so much for all your advice, please keep it coming, IMO one can never really learn too much.
Endiku just to quickly asnwer your question about why the mare was bred? It was an accident. Unfortunately at the time the mare didn't fully belong to me yet, she belonged to a worker on our farm who had bought her and her gelding partner for cart horses off another worker on a differetn farm. Round about christmas 2010 he went visiting with the horses on another farm and the guy he was visitings' stallion had his way with her. According to her previous owner the fact that she got pregnant is somewhere just short of a miracle as in all the years he owned her, she had been exposed to stallions, but had never fallen pregnant! Shorlty after the winter of 2011 after a year of failing to pay a cent of the money he had borrowed from my dad to buy the horses, Dad reposessed the horses and she officially came into my care. It was early in the spring that we realised she and two other mares on the farm is pregnant (the third mare doesn't belong to me, but to my DW) Sassy's mom, a pinto mare called Rain Storm got pregnant by a colt I thought I had gelded in time to prevent unwanted pregnancies.
I have had somewhere around nine foals born on the farm, unfortunately some fell by the wayside due to snakes, etc, some had to be sold, but four are living healthy, happy lives here on the farm. But it's been about three years since the last ones were born and I swore off breeding. A lot of them were due to cicumstance and lack of facilities only tamed as weanlings, but they never seemed to be of such a wild and fearfull temp. This one climbs the stable walls when I try and catch mom, then I'm barely looking at him.
I think a lot of time around him and mom is in order, will just have to do it early in the morining. Here in Postmas it easily reaches 36 C at 10 am.
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The horse got used to his presence, his voice and the rattle of the newspaper all together, and would come stand right at his shoulder while the guy read. The guy kept a pocket full of treats and every time the horse let him touch him, he gave him a small treat. Didn't take real long before he and the horse were very much bonded and he could do anything he wanted around that horse.
Yep, a lot of this sort of stuff just takes a ton of dedication, going out for a set amount of time every day without fail. Last October I adopted a mustang yearling who hadn't been handled at all in his life. After the sort of consistency and patience Dreamcatcher describes, he comes to meet me at the gate when he sees me and loves being groomed.
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Sorry guys, just wanted to apologise, i seem to have pushed the button twice by accident.
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Sounds like it's all in all just been a bunch of bad luck then, eh? Well I'm glad that you're willing to work with him atleast. Patience and dedication are what are going to eventually win him over to you. And better to do it now when he's only a few hundred pounds than later when he's 6-700.

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When we rescued a couple of mares and thier foals, one colt, one filly... The mares used to be well trained., but really didnt want to be around us. They were put in a corral to feed for a few days and then I would halter and tie the moms. Work with them, touching and brushing, cleaning feet. The babies would just watch, but gradually got curious. once the mares were Ok with me, I put them into a smaller pen(1 mom and 1 baby). Not alot of room to move around, and I wouldn't do it if you cant trust the mare, the pen was maybe 8ft by 10 ft. I used the mare as a buffer and started touching the baby, under her neck when they peeked at me. around her rear when they backed away. Sometimes I used the mom to "pen" the baby in a corner and just talked and touched. Eventually the babies got used to me and let me put a rope over their neck. from there it was halter time!
just take it slow and be patient. Spend a lot of time convincing the momma that you are trustworthy and the baby will come along.
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