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    08-04-2008, 07:45 PM
  #21
Weanling
I think that would be o.k., too. I don't think it's a good idea to go out to the pasture just to give her treats or follow her around or pet her--but Solon's idea of just plopping down in the shade and reading and letting her watch you seems like a good plan.

I'm a strong advocate of always controlling the horse's head at first with leadrope and reins--but mostly because I think current methods of roundpenning and free lunging are best left in the hands of folks who either really know what they are doing, or at least have a good, long-established rapport with their horse.

I probably wouldn't sit down inside a stall, though--maybe sit in a chair outside it?
     
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    08-04-2008, 11:23 PM
  #22
Green Broke
You always want to be safe! So if you start going in the stall, just go in and stand along the wall and read a magazine or book. Don't look at her, talk to her or acknowledge her in anyway. Then as quietly as you entered the stall, leave.

Stand in different parts of the stall when you do this. Again, being safe and watching her. If she is getting really upset, go outside of the stall and work on that until she's not upset and you can move inside.

Eventually, she'll start coming over to you. Even if it's within inches... it's progress! A horse like that needs a lot of patience and time. Don't rush her and you'll have a great chance. Good luck!
     
    08-05-2008, 09:19 AM
  #23
Weanling
What a treat you have in store !! When he does make the bond and you have a true relationship it is so wonderful! Anything worth having is worth working for-you will get there and he will love you back 10 fold.
     
    08-05-2008, 03:51 PM
  #24
Started
Thanks everyone for you posts! Today while I was out scrubbing his water tub...he actually approached me, smelled my hands and arm and stood there and watched me! Its not much I know..but its the first time he has come near me on his own!! While I was filling up the tub he came and got a drink from the hose. I feel like that was a positive step in the right direction.
     
    08-05-2008, 04:06 PM
  #25
Yearling
Did you give him a carrot?
     
    08-05-2008, 04:17 PM
  #26
Started
Yes...i gave him one yesterday and one after I was finished giving him fresh clean water today. Im trying to be mindful of all the advice I have gotten about not over doing it.
     
    08-05-2008, 04:39 PM
  #27
Yearling
Excellent, sounds like you are doing the right things
     
    08-05-2008, 04:41 PM
  #28
Weanling
Great update, I'm so happy you guys are moving forward!
     
    08-05-2008, 04:42 PM
  #29
Trained
That's GREAT! He's at least interested in you!! Give it time...
     
    08-14-2008, 04:02 PM
  #30
Weanling
We're in need of another update please! How's it going?
     

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