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    02-16-2012, 08:22 AM
Originally Posted by mls    
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.

I strongly disagree with this ! My horse will sometimes come to me, but usually not. It has a lot more to do with how hungry she is and if she has hay in the pasture or not.

A lot of horses also figure out that it doesnt matter if they come up to you or not, either way you're going to walk all the way out there so they might as well wait for you. Most of them get a treat anyway.
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    02-16-2012, 08:45 AM
This maybe sound crazy but my trainer had me chase the horse in their pasture. For a couple of minutes you think what the hek what am
I doing. But shortly they will come to you they don't like to be chased in their space but it is a respect issue. At that point I would praise him

and.give him a treat
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    02-16-2012, 10:05 PM
Everytime I pull up, I whistle. After awhile they figure out that the whistle means attention and feed. My colt and filly can be on the back of the property and when I whistle they come running. They got it from the adult horses who figured it out after about 3 or 4 days.
    02-16-2012, 10:11 PM
I taught Huey to come when I call him. He gets the intermittent reward of a treat (sometimes there is a food treat, sometimes there is not, and what he gets is a little scratch and a "good boy!"). I don't call him over if I'm going to halter him up and make him work (or, at least, not yet). So he's learned that when I call him it often means something Nice and it doesn't mean something Nasty. I have a special tone I use for calling him, so he doesn't get confused if I'm just talking about him.

When I decided to do this, it wasn't because he was hard to catch but because he really likes to hang out in the nastiest, muddiest part of his paddock, and I didn't want to have to wade in there after him.

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