getting a horse to come using a command

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    07-18-2008, 10:52 PM
getting a horse to come using a command

Okay at the moment Sonny is in a small pasture not even big enough to romp around in...but if I move him to the stables that really seems impressive, he'd be in a 40 acre I personally won't want to walk all the time to get to him, so I was thinking of training him to come by either getting a clicker or a whistle or something.

How would I go about doing that? Would a clicker or whistle work better? Since it's a huge pasture I need something that he'd be able to hear. Thanks in advance!
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    07-18-2008, 10:55 PM
Green Broke
I know people that have trained their horses to come by whistling or by just yelling "come here!" the best way I know how to teach this is by food... they know they get food when you do these and then they will start coming when they hear you...

That's only how i've seen it done... there are probably better ways, because if they always think they are getting food it can get dangerous
    07-19-2008, 12:38 AM
Mine comes to a sheepdog whistle. He was taught through food, I guess...basically the whole herd would be whistled up at meal times, ever since he was a foal. Even if its not feed time, he knows he'll have a treat in his feed bucket, though he's not really in a field big enough to use a whistle. He just comes running to the gate when he sees a person with a halter.
    07-19-2008, 12:49 AM
Green Broke
I just tell my boy to "come" and when he does he gets a packer pellet. Here's a video of me free lunging him in the pasture. At the end of his circles I give him the command. Then I give him another fun command to smile.

This was the first time I took video and he was interested in the camera at the end of it.
    07-19-2008, 04:28 AM
I agree, I don't like having to catch a horse, when I can train them to come to me. If you need louder than your voice for him to hear you, then I wouldn't use a clicker, but a high pitched whistle should work. You just need to associate the sound & his coming with positive reinforcement/reward. I'm guessing if you asked about a clicker that you are probably familiar with c/t & understand how to do it tho?
    07-19-2008, 08:02 PM
I taught my boy to come when I called his name. I did use a treat as a reward. But since it is a large pasture, a whistle might be louder over a clicker, I think.
    07-19-2008, 08:19 PM
I think the voice is a good option. Like, try calling his name. If that doesn't work I'd go with the whistle.
    07-22-2008, 04:41 AM
We blow the horn in the car and they always come
    07-22-2008, 07:20 AM
To be honest I think all he needs is to get used to hearing your voice and associating it with coming to you for his dinner etc get his attention first by calling him and banging the bottom of a bucket. If he recognises his feed bucket he will likely come. If he doesnt walk slowly towards him until he sees what you have and walks toward you. Stop once he starts moving towards you and turn around and head back to the feeding area or whatever you have there. He should pick up pretty quick :)

My guys are on 60 acres and when we turn up we just call jarred and they all come :) they know what they get when they
    07-22-2008, 11:28 PM
I agree with the others. Ours are taught to come to a whistle. I've also been known to yell "who's hungry!!" You can get them to come to most any sound, and that is taught through food, either by calling or whistling during dinner time, in addition to treat time.

Our horses were not intentionally taught to come to the sound of the 4 wheeler. We would load the food on the 4 wheeler then drive it out to the pasture and feed them. Now when ever they hear the 4 wheeler, (or lawn mower, or truck) they come a running. Sometimes it's funny, other times its a pain (like when you're trying to mow and they keep crowding you. Lol)

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