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post #11 of 16 Old 04-29-2009, 07:24 AM
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stacieandtheboys , I highly recommend Storey's Guide to Training Horses by Heather Smith Thomas. It covers it ALL! Very easy to read and comprehend and really leaves you with confidence in your abilities to train. It gets you in the zone. I found my copy at Barnes and Noble in the pet/horse section.
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post #12 of 16 Old 04-29-2009, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
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I do not see horses as humans. I am not afraid of making her mad. I am however afraid of being hurt like physically. I have no help. My husband is useless when it comes to horses and quite honestly I have no idea what I am doing. I am half tempted to put an ad out for someone to do this for me. I am a full time nursing student which means I am gone all day and then I have 2 children and a husband. The other horses I can handle...the baby I didn't sign up for and I find myself more frustrated than anything.

Another defense for NO BACKYARD BREEDING.

Like I said before I have already worked with her and can pick up her feet, brush her, rub all over her, apply fly spray by wiping. I can do all of that.

I guess I will figure it out eventually. Thanks for the help :)
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post #13 of 16 Old 04-29-2009, 03:10 PM
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I don't know if you could do this, but I am working with some foals right now that have never been handled before and they are impossible to catch or halter. So I get them into a tiny area, where they can hardly turn around and then I go in there with them and just wait till they stop looking around for a way to get out.

Since you can already rub her all over and pick up her feet she obviously trusts you to a certain extent. She just does not want the halter on. If you can get her in a small area, just rub her for a while till she's totally calm, then take a rope and gently rub her with it. Slowly work towards her face. Just take your time and stay to the side and she won't be able to hurt you. When she accepts that, let her sniff the halter and rub it all over her like the rope. Then try to slip it over her nose. And like the others have said - don't give up! She has to learn that she has to do as you say. Be gentle but firm and I think she should do ok.

Hope this helps!
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post #14 of 16 Old 04-29-2009, 03:49 PM
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Stacie

I am not at all trying to upset you and if I did I apologize. For sure its not right that you got sold a mare in foal if that wasnt what you wanted. But the thing is the foal is here and will have to be trained.

You live in Tx right?? If you pm me with a location I might know someone near you that can come help. I have a lot of pony friends in Tx.
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post #15 of 16 Old 04-29-2009, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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Weefoal,
You didnt upset me. I am in Abilene Texas so kind of in the middle of nowhere. There are a couple of training stables here and I am going to contact the owners to see if there is anyone that can help me out. I can pay...not much but what I am looking for is just someone to show me. That is how I learn. Thanks for trying

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stacieandtheboys , I highly recommend Storey's Guide to Training Horses by Heather Smith Thomas. It covers it ALL! Very easy to read and comprehend and really leaves you with confidence in your abilities to train. It gets you in the zone. I found my copy at Barnes and Noble in the pet/horse section.
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