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post #11 of 19 Old 10-20-2010, 02:13 PM
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I complete agree with what the others are saying, and hopefully for you he is not in a large field, or you are about to get a lot fitter! :)
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post #12 of 19 Old 10-20-2010, 02:20 PM
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I complete agree with what the others are saying, and hopefully for you he is not in a large field, or you are about to get a lot fitter! :)
Lol, yeah, it's best to teach them the concept in a smaller pen first if you can, otherwise, yes you will be doing a lot of running!

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Normal Guy, how did it go today?
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post #14 of 19 Old 10-20-2010, 08:54 PM
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I agree with the feet moving in the pasture! I have a horse that is terribly hard to catch at our farm, and he has learned (after HOURS of chasing - Im in the best shape of my life!!) not to even flick an ear in irritation or he is RUNNING! Horses are inherently lazy - once he learns that you are the happy place it will be easier!

I don't suggest not working him- but maybe shaking it up. I don't know what your training program is - but try doing different exercises than he is used to, take him out of the arena for a little trail time (if you feel safe - but leading him down the trails is great too!). Maybe he is getting sour because his mind is not as occupied as his feet!

Good Luck - hope you stay safe!

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I left work early today so that I had plenty of time to work with my bad boy. I approached him in the pasture and, sure enough, he laid his ears back in an aggressive manner as soon as I approached him with the halter. But this time, I was ready. I was equipped with a lead rope, a lunge whip and a plastic bucket. I spent the next 45 minutes running his tail off. I was able to chase him into an adjacent corral that measures about 150 x 150. I growled, yelled and screamed at him until I practically had no voice left. I cracked the whip and threw the bucket at him so that he was on the run almost constantly. I took a couple of brief breaks and then went at him again. After about 45 minutes of this activity, the change in his behavior was nothing short of miraculous. My wife was there to witness the entire event and said afterward that she couldn't believe the change in my horse. At the end of my 45 minute rant, he stood motionless and watched me like a hawk. I approached him with the halter and he did not move a muscle. I slipped it on him and he didn't so much as flinch. I then lead him around the corral for about 15 minutes, stopping and starting at regular intervals. He was as gentle as a lamb. Again, almost a miracle. I then turned him loose and opened the corral gate so that he could join his buddies in the pasture. But he didn't leave the corral and was still there when I drove off about 30 minutes later. I am not suggesting that the horse is cured. I will probably have to replicate this exercise several times until he fully accepts me as his boss, but I was absolutely stunned at his behavioral change after this 45 minute activity. Thanks to all who gave me such great advice! Due to work commitments, I won't be able to work with him again until Friday afternoon. But rest assured that I will be prepared for another "come to Jesus meeting" with him if he demonstrates any aggression towards me what so ever.
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I am so glad that it worked for you, and that you hung in there until you got the result that you were after. This exercise isn't something that you have to do daily for it to work, just be ready to do it when you go to get him just in case. After a few times, he should do much better with little or no chasing off, and he could possibly join up with you. Just remember to only chase him off if he shows signs of aggression, otherwise he could start to see it as a game of sorts. Now that you have done it once, you know how it will go, and congratulations again on having the stamina to chase him for 45 minutes. I've know so many people that got frustrated with the chasing, and gave up before it had the desired effects. As you've seen this method can be extremely effective. Good luck in the future with him, and if you need my help with anything else, I will be glad to try to help you out. I just hope that I will be able to describe it in a manner that is beneficial to you.
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That's such fantastic news, I am really pleased for you. I hope that you remembered to praise him when he did the right thing, if not, as it is easy to forget (at least for me) when I am in top boss mode, make sure you do it next time.

Your horse wants a leader, and if you are not it, he will become his own. So it is important to only use as much force as he needs, and let up and praise him when he does right.

Sounds like you had a good day, I was worried as I was one of the first to give you advise and I was hoping that you were safe.
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post #18 of 19 Old 10-21-2010, 04:40 AM Thread Starter
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AlexS and PaintedFury, Thanks to both of you for your very sound guidance. I now know who to contact if I have other training issues with my TWH that I can't resolve on my own. Thank you!!!
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Thanks, but there are people here with a lot more experience than me. I read most of the posts here, and only respond to a few because half the time I wouldn't have a clue what to do in some of the other situations! :)
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