Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Greenville area / SC
Another thing I like to do with a new horse is to keep a halter on him for a week or so and have an ~18" lead attached which makes it easier to hold him if need be.
After we are comfortable together, and I take the halter off, I'll go into the pasture from time to time with a halter and lead line over my shoulder. I may approach my horse or not, but he comes to see the halter as part of me, not as a signal that he is going to get caught.
I'll also halter him in the pasture and just groom him or sake him out with it then let him go. The intent is for him never to associate the halter with work.
I also whistle train my horses. When I go out to feed, I whistle to them even if they are by the fence waiting. When I go into the pasture, I'll whistle to them and sometimes give them a treat but most often just a petting or handling and leave them. After a time, all my horses come up to me when they see me in the pasture just to see what I'm up to or for some attention. Trust.
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