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    01-13-2009, 07:58 PM
I think that'd be a good idea.

Just be his friend and he'll be yours too.
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    01-13-2009, 08:00 PM
I've heard you're "getting too close" when you like sit with them or something.
Does anyone think sitting on the hay pile they have would be a problem? (It's winter and its freezing cold)

I'm going to be spending more time in the pasture with him in the spring when it gets warmer, but for now would chilling in the hay pile or going to the indoor arena with him be okay?
    01-13-2009, 08:11 PM
Green Broke
I don't see how that wouldn't be ok
    01-13-2009, 08:17 PM
I'm sure the horse would tell you if they thought you were being a problem, they'd kinda look at you funny and snort and stuff. I don't think you siting on a hay bale would be a problem.
    01-13-2009, 08:50 PM
See, I really like this thread because I am trying to obtain the same thing with my young mare... the thing is, right now until spring, she is about 1 hr 15 min. Away from me. So I can only get out there once a week.

And considering the ground is indeed still frozen (dang winter!!) and I don't have access to an indoor arena, it's not very safe to be lunging her. So I usually just groom her when I go see her. So, I've heard grooming and going on walks together for a good way to start bonding... any other suggestions?
    01-13-2009, 08:52 PM
Green Broke
The yo-yo game. Make them back up by sending energy through the lead (shaking). Start little and get bigger as needed. Then be inviting and pull her in. I've found this works great because it teaches respect and that you are dominant but it still makes them want to be with you.

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