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    12-01-2008, 07:56 PM
Majors training: a bump in the road

Well, actually it could be a remains to be seen. To try and keep this shorter....Major and I had a little riding accident where the saddle broke and I fell off. Neither of us where hurt. The next time I tried to ride...he bucked me off before I could even get in the saddle. Since then, I have been working with him. Our training goes like this: train for 1 day, spend the next 3 trying to get him to come near me, then 1 more day enjoying him coming to me....then it all starts all over. Just recently...I had gotten to my wits end with I started observing him without interfering in any way. While sittin there watching hit me like a ton of bricks....Major is a very nervous and jumpy horse all the way around. Even in the pasture...he will jump or spin around at the slightest thing. I thought it was just me...especially after that little riding accident....but it seems to be everything else. Also, he will let any stranger come up to him in a pasture and pet him...but that same person can put a lead rope on him and lead him around and then let him go. The next day...he will not let them near him. So what do you it nervousness...laziness or both? Should I keep playing the cat and mouse game with him? How should I go about my training now that I know this? If you can...please help me!! Any advice is much appreciated!
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    12-01-2008, 08:06 PM
I know I'll get drop kicked for this, but have you tried horse cookies/treats? He sounds like a hard sell to me. Cookies in your pocket and a treat for every good deed may help.
I used them with Vida when I first got her. She was the same way, hard to catch, very nervous. She is a dream now and only gets a cookie once in a great while and with the bit. It was a last resort for us.
Good luck with him and be patient
    12-01-2008, 08:21 PM
Thanks! If a treat will allow me to be able to catch him...even the day after training....then im willing to give em a shot! Thanks for the tip! Really Major does what I ask him to while training if he understands what im asking....its just that whole thing the next few days where he wont let me get near him and he will spook sometimes and try and run over the top of me to get away from that scarey monster he heard. Really though...hes a sweety
    12-01-2008, 08:29 PM
Hope it helps I don't work and live where my horses are so it was easy for me to go out a couple of times a day for a few weeks with a horse treat and a lead rope. I would get the lead rope around her neck put the halter on give her a cookie take the halter off and walk away. She comes when I call her now

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