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post #11 of 24 Old 02-13-2012, 10:02 PM
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Have yer buddy hide in the bushes near yer horse. Stand at the barn and holler for it. Right when you holler, yer buddy should shoot it in the butt with a slingshot to "put it on the move". To the horse, you're the one that doesn't shoot it.

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No Offense, but this just doesn't sound right. It might work for you, but I don't think I could even try it. A small treat sounds a lot better.

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No Offense, but this just doesn't sound right. It might work for you, but I don't think I could even try it. A small treat sounds a lot better.
Pretty sure Amazin was being facetious.

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Pretty sure Amazin was being facetious.
Now then, if they were, I just feel stupid...... I guess where I am their are to many people who just don't treat their horses right. I guess I should have thought a little about it first, just had a run in though today that made me pretty uptight. Sorry.

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I never go to my horses, they always come in when I call. I call them in, they usually trot in from the pasture and they know the routine... they wait at the gate to be let into the barn, the gate opens directly into the barn aisle... Whiskey comes in first and I open her stall door, and she goes right in... then the baby comes in to her stall, and Scooby to his. They all eat their dinner in their separate stalls, and they know that good things happen when I call. When I have a vet or farrier coming, I bring them in early so they get their goody first. If they take a little too long, I kick their grain bucket or make noise in the feed stall... they are greedy so they hustle in.

I also like to hang out and just look them over, so I frequently go out, call them in, give them an Apple or carrot, and brush them down while they are in the pasture, no halter, then leave them alone... I have only had baby Grace for a few weeks and she is already very calm and comes willingly to be handled....
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Now then, if they were, I just feel stupid...... I guess where I am their are to many people who just don't treat their horses right. I guess I should have thought a little about it first, just had a run in though today that made me pretty uptight. Sorry.
No worries! I think we've all had those days.

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Hahaha or you could chase it around till its dripping in sweat and does not want to run anymore....then it will learn dang if I just don't run from this person I wont get tired anymore and sweat so much.
Hahaha, you know I would do this if I didn't drip sweat & die of a heart attack before the horse came to me!
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post #17 of 24 Old 02-14-2012, 11:46 AM
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Would like to pose a couple of questions for thought on this thread. Have you thought about teaching your horse to come as a task like any other? Such as trotting, jumping, side passing, opening gates, online work, etc. whether they want to (for a treat/feed time) or not? Using treats as a reward is different than using them as a bribe. This takes some consideration, true?
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post #18 of 24 Old 02-14-2012, 12:20 PM
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Some horses will - some won't - ever.

Our horses come when called. The only time they consistently get a treat is in their feeder right before lights out.

A horse will come if they enjoy what they are doing. If they are in fear or pain, they won't come.
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post #19 of 24 Old 02-15-2012, 08:56 AM
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Just spend time with him and get to know him, he will begin to recognize you and come in when he sees you :)

I have the opposite problem with my gelding, if he even has an inkling I'm around, I can't get rid of him, he will do as much as slide himself in between me and the horse I'm leading on a lead rope like "okay, my turn?". My mare doesn't usually come unless I come about half way down the hill, she always has a line of followers and does not like horses behind her, but if I'm there to "have her back" then she's all good :)

I do turn a few times a month at my barn to help out my barn manager, the horses have a nice routine so at turn in they will just kind of all show up in turn to be brought in. I am very quiet with the horses and now many of them think I am their BFF, which is fine except when I'm there to bring in my horse to ride, not to turn in and I get ALL THE PONEYZ.
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post #20 of 24 Old 02-15-2012, 09:47 AM
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People teach dogs to come - some will come when you call or clap or slap you leg. Some will come sometimes. But, some don't and need lessons. Same with a horse. It's not just handy, it's something that is certainly teachable to come every time.
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