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post #11 of 13 Old 07-23-2008, 01:02 AM
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I turned my horse out to the 60 acer pasture to realize I couldn't find him the next day. So, I stood there hollering "Lucky! come here lucky!" for about a half hour shaking a grain bucket until he came. After a week of doing that, he just started coming with his name.
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post #12 of 13 Old 07-26-2008, 11:27 AM
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Of our 8...there is only one who don't like to be caught. She likes to play the "catch me if you can" game. The others come when you whistle. The horse's that have been there longer had assosiated this with a treat, but we stopped and they still come. When a new horse is brought in, I think they just kind of follow the others.
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post #13 of 13 Old 07-26-2008, 11:44 AM
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Ha, 40 acres is nothing. Try getting your horse when he's in 640 acres. That's a mile by a mile.

Anyway, I have my mare in a 20 acre pasture, and she comes when I call her name. It's kinda cool because when I go in the barn in the morning, she meets me in there because she knows I will give her a little treat.

As for my other horses who are out in the 640 acre pasture, I usually drive the 4-wheeler up to them and shake the bucket of grain and they come running. (I can also call my geldings name and he will come running).

But I would try getting him used to the whistle. Since he is in a small pasture right now, why don't you try standing a couple hundreds yards away and shake the feed bucket and blow the whistle at the same time. That way he would associate the whistle with a treat.

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