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post #1 of 5 Old 03-29-2013, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
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Hello all! I was wondering if I could halter-break a broodmare that's never been messed with before? Everyone says she's just a big pet and nobody will ever be able to mess with her. But she's already following me around the pasture, and I see a lot of potential in this mare. What do you think I should do? Also, she's about 9 - 10 years old.

And don't worry, the owner of this horse is my uncle, who already gave me the o.k. if I think I can do it. I just wanted to know if anybody else would do the same thing.

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-29-2013, 12:34 AM
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Sure you can, I think most horses are capable of learning something new
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Is it possible? Yes. Can you do it? Maybe. Not knowing your knowledge of dealing with horses it would seem you arent extremely experienced and I wouldn't recommend trying to do it by yourself if you arent. It can get extremely dangerous and her being so big could easily hurt you. However that is just my guess not knowing about you.
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Eh, I've been "training" (I say that loosely) a mostly unhandled Shetland mare for the last few months, a couple days a week. She is 10. Honestly, if the mare was a pet and not terrified of humans, you should have an ok time. The problem of course, being size....I'm barely starting to get my girl to show any enjoyment of human contact...and I've been kicked. HARD.

The halter at first had her running circles around me in her stall, slamming her head/body into walls, the waterer...ugh just a mess. My point is, increase that to the size of a proper horse and it can be downright dangerous. The pony mare can be fearful, but she doesn't actively want to harm/hurt...aka, she avoids stepping on me.

I guess that's my longwinded way of saying the difficulty of doing what you propose depends on HER ATTITUDE and your ability to work with her. ;)
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Husband and I broke several broodmares to halter and tie back n the 80s. They had all run out and pasture-bred for years. They ranged from 10 to 16 years old. The man we were helping had bought a whole herd including these good mares and a Doc O'Lena son. They were very well bred cutting breeding. We made a chute, ran them up into it, haltered them and put a 15 foot big cotton lead-rope on them, They were well on their way to being halter trained within about 3 sessions.

The first session just taught them to turn their head and face us. We pulled to the side and quit pulling the instant the horse moved its shoulders over that direction. They learned very quickly when you released the pressure the second they make the right move.

Second session we did the same thing until they moved over quickly. Then, one of us got behind them and hazed them forward. It only took a few minutes and you could easily haze them along. Every once in a while one would run past the person leading, but they already knew they had to turn toward that person when they were pulled on from the side.

By the third short session, they would lead along pretty good and only have to be hazed once in a while.

I spent a little time letting them eat grain out of a bucket before turning them back out. I would pet on their necks and practice putting a lead-rope over their necks while they ate. By the end of the breeding season, I could catch most of them out in the pasture and would not even have to run them in loose.

It also took a little while to get them where they could be palpated and bred AI, but not nearly as long as I thought it would.

Tip: It is easier if you use a halter that is pretty low on the horse's nose and is pretty small on their nose. I wrapped the lower part of the halter nose-band so it was pretty snug. That gives you a lot more leverage to turn the horse's head.
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