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    06-13-2011, 11:05 AM
Originally Posted by MacabreMikolaj    
I'd really like to know what magic some of these cowboys weave because we could NOT get Eve to join up. I am almost positive it was due to the rail round pen and the ability to see other horses loose in the pasture. Shay-la must have worked her for half an hour, and all she accomplished was Eve soaked, completely uninterested, and starting to get marked up from bouncing off the rails.
HA! Yes, this has been us. I have been working with her 2-3 times a day over the weekend and I can now walk up to her anywhere in the round pen, as long as I use very passive body language. Once I get one hand on her, she relaxes and lets me pet her all over. Yesterday we worked with the halter and rope, after an hour in the morning, 20 min in the heat of the day (98 degrees in Texas!), and 1/2 hour in the evening, she was standing still and accepting the rope all over her body and even still perfectly still to have the halter put on her face and tied (I use rope halters). Once I got it on her, I moved around her and made her keep her head tilled toward me, pet her all over face and then took the halter on and off repeatedly. Thought that was a good place to stop last night. This morning she walked right up to me (I had her feed bucket in my hand though) and she let me pet her face, which is a first. She still however does not "catch me" or follow me at all. Guess that's just more round penning time since she is starting to trust me.
My other colts I started were younger and I had to teach them to get OUT of my space! Huge difference! I am enjoying the challenge from this filly, she's a good girl. Her name is Storm btw, her pic is in my barn.
Thanks everyone!
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