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    07-15-2007, 04:13 PM
I am so suprised!!

Yesterday I was working with my stud colt Midninght (8 months old) and I figured he was acting calm enough so I took by little bother (35 Pounds) aqnd let him sit on his back and lead him around and to my suprise midnight just walk around like it was nothing and then after I took my little bother off I started to pick up his feet and the brat lays down! So I decided to try and get him up and istarted jumping up and down by his head and he just LAYED THERE! (sorry for yelling) I was so saprised it took me forever the get him up. But what is so supriseing is that when he was younger he use to rear and buck and bite and charge at me. He doesn't do any of that no more, when that suff happened I just stuck him on a two acre pasture. And didn't do any thing with him.
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    07-15-2007, 05:07 PM
When a horse rears, bucks and bites the last thing you want to do is put them out or away, because that is what every horse wants, is put me up feed me and leave me alone. The biggest trick to training a horse is to work on one thing at a time so if you put your bother on him and that is all you want to do and then put him up, if you want to work on picking up his feet then that is all you work on that day but never put him up on till he has done right you might work with him for 10 mins or 300 mins.
    07-15-2007, 07:08 PM
Definitely work until he's good then let him quit. It's the best reward you can give.

I'd be really careful putting your little brother on his back if he's not quite tame yet - if he lays down when you're picking up his feet, he may lay down when he is displeased with other things, like if he gets tired of carrying your brother or if your brother shifts etc. in a way that makes the horse uncomfortable.

Safety is the number one priority. Getting injured may seem unlikely, but it's more likely than it seems. Even if it's a small risk, if it happens to you, you pay all of the consequences, the same as if it was a 100% chance. I've done some stupid things with horses and not been injured, and looking back I was lucky and wouldn't try it again. I've seen other people injured though, and it happens fast and when you least expect it. Because horses are so big they're unforgiving of mistakes, even if they don't intend to hurt us.

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