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post #11 of 16 Old 06-05-2009, 08:00 PM
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Ohhh I miss those days! Hard work but a lot of fun.

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post #12 of 16 Old 06-06-2009, 09:00 PM
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I've got to agree with the posts: Good manners are NOT optional in my opinion. I don't care if it's a dog or a horse, but at least an ill-mannered dog won't accidentally kill or injure you! But I see it every day. People either make an excuse for their animal (she doesn't like this/that/the other, he's having a bad day, etc) and accept bad manners because they're too lazy to actually go out and *gasp* train their animal or they just pretend it's normal (I guess it is is for them...). I just don't get it. I don't understand how people think it's okay for their horse to run them over or refuse to stand quietly.
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post #13 of 16 Old 06-07-2009, 04:11 PM
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I actually had the same problem with catching Starsky when I started taking him out on the cattle roundups. Before, I never had any problem catching him, but as soon as I started using him as a work horse, he decided he didn't want anything to do with it.

My pasture is about 3 acres, so the next few times I went out there, any time he decided he didn't want to be caught, I would use my training stick to send him off (just like lunging, but no lead rope and no round pen!) It took him about 15 minutes to decide that hey, if I just let her put this halter on, I won't have to run anymore.

The first few times he let me catch him, I would take it off, and then catch him again. Each time getting easier and easier, until now, just a few days later, he waits for me like a statue.

But you have to do fun things with him like take him out just to groom him, so he won't associate every time you have the halter it means work. I hope this helps and sorry it is so long. I know how frustrating it can be!
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post #14 of 16 Old 06-07-2009, 04:53 PM
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Loki reminds me how much I love riding Sam every time I ride him. With Loki it's no focus, refusing, spooking, rearing, bolting, bucking, rushing problems...a constant workout!

With Sam theres a little bit of refusing, maybe a bolt if your really not paying any attention. But otherwise it is so relaxing to ride a good broke horse, on the plus side Sammy really applies himself to the rider. With my brothers, he sleeps, with me, he makes darn sure I'm paying attention and riding correctly

I dream of working with cows someday. I want a few old heifers just to herd around the pasture. Theres cows across the street from my horses too...they mock me xD

Wait! I'll fix it....
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post #15 of 16 Old 06-07-2009, 11:29 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, starsky, I wish it was that simple. My pasture is about 30 acres so I would spend more time walking than actually sending him away. My only options are trickery or chasing him down with a pickup or another horse. Usually trickery works but not always. :)
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post #16 of 16 Old 06-07-2009, 11:32 PM
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Oh, yeah, I could see how that would be a problem. (: And I thought it was tiring running around his 3 acre pasture!
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