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post #1 of 5 Old 04-25-2011, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Help me please!!

I have 2, 2 year old fillies brought in to me straight from the ranch. They have never been around people at all except the feed truck going thru and dumping feed. I have had the about a month and half now, they were stalled up together untill yesterday when I put them split them up. I can get them to eat out of a bucket but they grab a bite and then back up scared and jumpy. One of them I can touch her face as long as she is getting a bite then off she goes. I need some ideals on how to deal with them, I need to start working with them as soon as I can. Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 04-25-2011, 12:16 PM
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Get some books and magazines and do a lot of reading. There is too much to explain on here about dealing with starting a horse, especially a young, wild one. They may be easier to work with though using their fear of humans. Spend a lot of time with them to get them accustomed to being around humans. Don't act like a predator by walking straight towards them. Meander around their pen, and if they move away, let them.

Not to be mean, but why did you take them in if you don't know what to do with them?

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post #3 of 5 Old 04-25-2011, 12:55 PM
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There is a large group of people that do this for a living just like other services that you need in your life.

Contact one of them for help.

"The greatest strength is gentleness."
- Iroquois Proverb
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post #4 of 5 Old 04-25-2011, 01:07 PM
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My suggestion, since there is so much information that can be given, is to watch some videos. Clinton Anderson is really good. I have his starting under saddle videos where he works with a blm mustang that had very limited interaction with humans. Even if starting under saddle isn't something you are thinking about right now, the videos show you how to round pen, catch and halter, desensitize, lunge for respect, and those type of things. Breaking it up over a long period of time instead of all in one day like Clinton does might really help. The vidoes are kinda expensive but I'm sure you can find clips of the things you need on youtube. Parelli is another good one that might help.
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post #5 of 5 Old 04-25-2011, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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I would just like to say Thank you for the advice. I have had horses all my life, breading, breaking, training, rodeo and racing, I have never run across 2 like these. And to answer the first person who ask why I took these 2, due to the fires here in west texas, the ranch they were on burned up so the owner knowing I had 6 others knew they would have a good home. Once again thanks for the advice everyone.
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