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    10-09-2011, 07:24 PM
Haltering for first time...

I am looking for some help here. I am new to breaking a horse but I decided I was going to try it. I have a 3 yr old QH/Red Roan that was traded to me with her Red Roan 5 yr old mother for some work I did. The 3 yr old was never away from her mother since birth, never really messed with and has never had a halter put on her. I just recently got to the point where I can somewhat touch her and she will follow me around. I am attempting to put a halter on her but she will have no part of it. She will try to bite or just drop her head and run off. I have tried to introduce the halter to er so she knows it is not a threat to her, but that got me nowhere. How do I accomplish haltering her without hurting her or myself?
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    10-09-2011, 07:36 PM
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Welcome to the forum.

My advice? Get a trainer to help you, or sell the horses who someone who has experience with this. An untouched three year old who's attached to her mother at the hip is a hard job even for an experienced trainer; and one that will almost guarenteedly put you in the hospital if you've never broke a horse before.

How much experience do you have with horses?
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    10-09-2011, 07:38 PM
I have gotten her away from her mom and she has been doing fine. She actually calmed down a bit after I took her mom to another pasture. I refuse to sell her...That is not a option. As for a trainer I have been looking for one that is willing to help but in this area no one seems to want to help and if you can find someone they want like $600 bucks a week to help with training....
    10-09-2011, 08:44 PM
I have been around horses almost all my life and have been riding and caring for them just about as long....Just never broke a horse....
    10-09-2011, 09:35 PM
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May I ask why selling her is not an option?
    10-09-2011, 11:09 PM
She is my wifes horse and we refuse to sell her just because she is difficult to work with at this time....She can over come it with the prober work....
    10-10-2011, 01:31 PM
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Yes, she can. But you must look at this through the eyes of someone else. Step back and really look at the situation, with out all of the emotion that comes with having your own horse. You have a three year old- 1,000-1,500 pound horse with no handling that can only 'sort of' be touched. (I'm assuming this means she'll let you touch her, but will shy away as soon as you do more than that?)

It's helpful that you've been around horses for a long time, but if you have no training experience, beginning with a- for all intents and purposes - wild - horse; is not the best idea.

If you really feel like you need to keep her (and it seems that you do) all I'm going to say is that your only real option is to either send her to a trainer, or have one come out and work with her for you. I don't feel right giving you any advice otherwise, that might get you hurt if done improperly.

Yes, trainers are expensive- but not as expensive a hospital bill. If you can get one to work with her for say...30 days- they could most likely atleast get her halter and lead trained, catchable, and begin groundwork. It's not the best option, but atleast from there you could be more confident in the fact that she wouldn't try to hurt you when you caught her, and she'd be much easier to handle.
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    10-10-2011, 08:55 PM
Never been haltered in her 3 years... presume that also means she's never had her feet done, dentist, wormed, etc.

I agree with the above posters. If you don't know what you're doing, it's best you at least get some experienced help to start with. All the theory in the world doesn't count for hands on skill I'm afraid.

So saying, getting her desensitised & friendly & haltered shouldn't be too difficult or confrontational. Have you heard of 'clicker training'? If not google it & learn about the *principles* behind it. Effectively straight behavioural training. I teach my horses to come put their nose in the halter themselves, rather than having to 'catch' them.

I would also suggest that when you're up to putting a rope on her, you start with a long rope in a smallish secure area(for safety & your control without having to hang off a rope) and get her comfortable with having the rope draped over her & looped(but not tied) around her neck to begin with, before you think of tying a rope or halter onto her.
    10-10-2011, 09:09 PM
See if she will allow you to groom her with the lead rope. Allow her to walk away but in a smaller area if possible. When she stops approach and repeat. When she'll stand slip the lead rope over her neck. She will either stand or swing her head and move away. OK, wait until she stands then approach. Slide the rope until just behind her ears then rub the halter on her face. Slip it over her nose 4 or 5 times, and perhaps offer her a treat if she's pretty good about it, only offer the treat when her nose is in the halter. Then raise the poll strap and let it down a few times, then do it up. Again offer a treat. I treated one difficult horse about a dozen times when his nose was in the halter. The next day he tried to put his nose in before I was ready.
    10-11-2011, 12:31 AM
She has been wormed using worming pellets is what I was told when I got her...No she has never had foot work that I know of...I can rub her neck and the top of her head with the lead rope....I can rub the halter on her neck but if it gets anywhere close to her head she will throw her head...I can rub her and pet her for 15min at a time sometimes...Other times she don't want touched if I touch her she tries to bite or run....

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