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post #1 of 10 Old 11-22-2010, 07:20 AM Thread Starter
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Fun things for you and your horse.

Hey :)
I was just wondering, I have a 20 yr old Arab gelding and I only got him a month ago, but we seem to be getting no where. I was just curious to what anyone does with there horses to bond with them, so we can both have a great time :) x
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post #2 of 10 Old 11-22-2010, 08:40 AM
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I believe one of the biggest things you can do to bond with your horse is just to play with them~ All I do is take my boy out into the ring or go in the field and just start running around with him, jump around with him and get him going~ I do the simple Hey Bud! Clap my hands to my legs and start joggin about~ He'll jog after then I jump and he'll throw a buck in~ I do this with any horse I work with really~ (The older horses find it just as fun) go in after a few runs for pets and go off again! Horses bond with each other not just by grooming, but playing to~ So instead of just work and groom, throw in some time with your horse where you just have fun~! Least that's just me~ xD <3
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post #3 of 10 Old 11-22-2010, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Thankyou! I'll definitely try this today! I also went out and bought a big jolly ball, maybe we could use this as well?
:) thankyou so much for your advice, I'll get back to you about how he goes :) x
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post #4 of 10 Old 11-22-2010, 09:41 PM
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Thankyou! I'll definitely try this today! I also went out and bought a big jolly ball, maybe we could use this as well?
:) thankyou so much for your advice, I'll get back to you about how he goes :) x
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No problem~! And Oo~ I wanted to get one of those~ I just use either a random soccer ball or he'll grab my brush kit @___@ Hope it goes well for yah~! <3
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post #5 of 10 Old 11-23-2010, 02:44 AM
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Yes, running around and playing tag is fun :) You can also teach some fun tricks like fetch or hug. My horse and I have a lot of fun doing ground work exercises. Bending, sending, yielding hind and forequarters, backing up, etc. Any sort of groundwork you do can not only be fun but really improve your communication and respect.

I gotta agree with Kawairashii Ichigo though, just hanging out and running around with them is great fun. I like going and bringing a book and a snack and sharing quality nuzzling time too :) I think it's a nice break for horse and person to just hang out between working days.



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post #6 of 10 Old 11-23-2010, 07:54 AM
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OOo~! I teach hugs and kisses to! XD <3 Ground work does help a ton~ I got my boy to a point you no longer need the lead (He knows "with me" means follow me around, if I stop he's gotta and to back up stand in front with arms to each of his withers, snaps at his withers mean take a step back, one side of the wither means back away from that side visversa though we still run our kinks xD <3). :3 I make it interesting sometimes to and set up trot poles and just walk over them, when I get to the other side with my horse I don't walk him around to go over them again, but have him turn around me as quick as possible to start over the poles again~ We just keep repeating and make it a game~ <3 Though true about the respect and communication that comes with it~
But yah~ just quality time to~ It's good for balance~ <3
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post #7 of 10 Old 11-24-2010, 01:51 AM
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you could also try join-up to bond with your horse. I've tried it with quite a few horses. It worked wonders on an old mare I had and it is also really really useful on young horses. I haven't had a horse not benefit from join-up.
It would probably also help with what everyone else has said. It wold help to teach your horse to be with you and follow you. You could probably also try parelli's "7 games" they're fantastic
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post #8 of 10 Old 12-01-2010, 09:20 PM
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My horse isn't trained yet so what worked with me to gain love and respect were long walks and treats and just spending time grooming and talking to her. The more time you spend with your horse the more they'll love you.
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post #9 of 10 Old 12-03-2010, 12:11 PM
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What is join up? I just recieved a 2y/o and I feel bad even riding her 3 times a week walk trot. I'm trying to find other ways to bond with her. I've thought about turning her out with my 9 y/o gelding and running around. They seem to just click when my boyfriend and I rode them..wht do you think? I'm afraid my gelding is going to start feeling left out.
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post #10 of 10 Old 12-05-2010, 01:20 PM
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I love doing anything with my mare <3 ii love:
~Joining up.
~Grooming them <3 :)
~Walking them around
~Just playing with them
~Taching them simple tricks like to hug :)
Sorry that's all I got. I just joined so im used to it Lol :)
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