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    09-28-2013, 12:50 PM
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Weanling
how to quiet a vocal horse?

I've got a 3yo RMH that likes to call out occasionally when he gets on his own. Other than this issue he is coming along very nicely as a bird dog horse. However a big part of a field trial dog, horse, is they have to be able to scout (look for wayward dogs). And scouting is an out of sight out of mind part of the game where a horse calling out for his buddies can put you in a pinch.......

Do any of Hall have a method for quieting this noisy guy?

Jim.
     
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    09-28-2013, 01:25 PM
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Green Broke
Separate him and build his confidence. It is the insecure ones that will call out.
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    09-28-2013, 01:27 PM
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Yearling
That sounds like fun. He is young so his herd instinct is to call to the others, but with good timing and correction it can be fixed. My horse used to call out when riding alone, what I did was put his feet to work hard every time he called out. I made him hustle doing circles, roll backs, yielding his hind quarters, then proceeded like nothing happened. It took a few rides but he finally realized if he made a noise the next thing was wanting for air. He is pretty much over the habit every once in awhile I will feel him going to call out and I can stop him with a quick vocal uhuh from me, and put a leg on him to get his attention.
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    09-28-2013, 02:12 PM
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Started
At 3 he is still just a kid. As he matures and gets more accustomed to going out he should get better. Have patience! : )
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    09-28-2013, 02:14 PM
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Green Broke
My mare was like this when she was younger! It improved with miles and experience, so don't lose hope. When she called, I would spin her in a circle, sidepass her, one rein stop... Get her attention back, but never in frustration or anger.
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    09-28-2013, 03:25 PM
  #6
Showing
Spending lots of time with this youngster will help build his confidence in you. It's not necessarily about riding, but being there even if he's with others at home.
     
    09-28-2013, 03:31 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
My mare was like this when she was younger! It improved with miles and experience, so don't lose hope. When she called, I would spin her in a circle, sidepass her, one rein stop... Get her attention back, but never in frustration or anger.
Ditto (except change mare to gelding)!
     
    09-28-2013, 03:39 PM
  #8
Started
As soon as the horse is confident in you as his leader, he'll feel no need to call out to any other creature(s).

Dr. Deb Bennett has a book, "The Birdie Book" which might be useful to you: the "birdie" is the horse's attention, which, as long as it stays within the horse/with its human, keeps the horse calm, but as soon as it flies out yonder, the horse is anxious.
     
    09-28-2013, 04:17 PM
  #9
Green Broke
My horse will call out, on occasion, and I am neither an unconfident rider nor is he a youngster.
     
    09-28-2013, 07:16 PM
  #10
Weanling
I assumed a lot was his age and his confidence in he/I as a team. He is a good enough dog horse that I can overlook this issue I just figures I'd get some other opinions...... it also likely doesn't help that my dog training ground is 1/4mile from my in laws farm where he knows there are horses.

Well Im looking forward to more ideas.

Thanks
Jim
     

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