My 10 yr old wont let anyone to touch him - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 16 Old 12-22-2008, 01:59 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 5
• Horses: 0
Angry My 10 yr old wont let anyone to touch him

Hello, I am new here. I just acquired a horse that will not allow anyone to touch him. The story is that many years ago, he was trained and was a kids horse, then his last owners ruined him. How I do not know. He has been put in a field and has not been touched for 2 years. I saw him and feel in love. It is like he is in bubble and when you get so close he gets so far away, until you get him in the roping pen and literally catch him, then he is ok. You can brush and hop up on his back and everything, he will even follow you like a puppy dog, but if to stop and walk away - you have to start the process all over again because he gets back into his bubble. Can someone please help me?
Thanks a bunch,
Jennifer.
JENNIFERM2010 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 16 Old 12-22-2008, 03:13 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: NY
Posts: 89
• Horses: 4
So, it's not so much you can't touch him, he just makes you work to catch him??


The hardest thing about riding is the ground.
servinator is offline  
post #3 of 16 Old 12-22-2008, 03:54 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: idaho
Posts: 374
• Horses: 3
CaTCH ME IF U CAN

I kinda have the same problem with my 8 year old the best advice i can say is to do alot of work with him tell he realizes your not giving up , and if hes in a pasture you might consider putting him in a smaller area where he cant keep you chasing him for a long distance .
It seem to work for my horse hes totally diffrent when hes in a turnout pen vs. pasture.
Rebelappy is offline  
post #4 of 16 Old 12-22-2008, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 5
• Horses: 0
Thanks for responding. yes work to catch - but why?
JENNIFERM2010 is offline  
post #5 of 16 Old 12-22-2008, 04:06 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 5
• Horses: 0
Thanks for the reply. Exactly what kind of "work" shall I do with him?
JENNIFERM2010 is offline  
post #6 of 16 Old 12-22-2008, 04:11 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Southern CA
Posts: 180
• Horses: 0
You might try doing some ground work with him and learning body language. A lot of times just doing different things with your body can make him come to you. I'm not a natural horsemanship crazy but there are alot of excercises that they do to get the horse to be confident in themselves and their handler. It's worth a shot at this point. Let us know how he does.
zanytactics is offline  
post #7 of 16 Old 12-22-2008, 04:18 PM
Weanling
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: idaho
Posts: 374
• Horses: 3
Yes some ground work is a good place to start hes got to learn to trust you and that does help that alot. Hes got to figure out that you are the herd boss and that your not out to hurt him. i have also spent a couple days with my 8 year old just catching him and release in an arena tell he figured out that im ok to listen to...

The daughter who won't lift a finger in the house is the same child who cycles madly off in the pouring rain to spend all morning mucking out a stable. ~Samantha Armstrong
Rebelappy is offline  
post #8 of 16 Old 12-22-2008, 04:23 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: MD
Posts: 12,127
• Horses: 1
Groundwork, groundwork, groundwork! In a smaller area is best so he can't go far- as if he's in a big field, you will deff. have a hard time getting him. As the others said, he does need to get used to you, & learn to know that you are not out there to get him (well literally you are, but yeah lol). Take things gradually, & soon he should start building up his trust.

Ride more, worry less.
PoptartShop is offline  
post #9 of 16 Old 12-22-2008, 04:31 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 5
• Horses: 0
Will do - and thanks for everyones replies.
JENNIFERM2010 is offline  
post #10 of 16 Old 12-22-2008, 05:18 PM
Showing
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Posts: 13,165
• Horses: 3
In addition to ground work, which is very important, you need to give him time to gain trust in you. If he has been left alone for a few years, he needs to be resocialized and come to accept you as the "alfa horse".

If you possibly can, just go in the pasture or a smaller area and sit there with a book, leave him alone and let him come to you. It may take a long time or it may happen quickly but let him initiate the exchange. Horses are social and curious animals - you just want to give him the opportunity to come to you as being his idea.

...and welcome to the forum!

I'm not arguing with you, I'm just explaining why I'm right.

Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you're wrong.


It's not always what you say but what they hear.
iridehorses is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
so out of touch!! KANSAS_TWISTER Horse Talk 2 08-28-2008 10:31 AM
Please don't touch my belly! barefoothooves General Off Topic Discussion 19 07-11-2008 06:00 PM
A Touch of Inspiration JustDressageIt Horse Videos 2 06-29-2008 02:05 PM
shapeley's show touch ups twinkle_toes Horse Grooming 8 01-05-2008 12:49 AM
T-touch? Madds Horse Training 6 05-16-2007 06:27 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome