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    12-03-2011, 10:50 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by MHFoundation Quarters    
Sounds like you're doing a great job with him!

Teaching him to set up would be a good one, spend some time fine tuning him like a showmanship horse. Maybe a goal could be leadless patterns?

You could also introduce him to clippers if you haven't already.
Clippers are a great idea to get around him! Thanks MH.....maybe itll actually be something that he is some what nervous about, and that we have to work on! LOL

As far as lead less patterns, I tend to have a habit of throwing his lead around his he does this quite often. He also follows me practically in circles in his pasture. Honestly, I think he's too smart for both his and my own good! ;)
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    12-03-2011, 10:51 PM
Yes, good one MH! A leadless showmanship pattern, my daughter used to do those with my mare when she was a girl. Very impressive to watch. If you do decide to work on that csim, I would love to watch a video of it. When my daughter did this, video wasn't so easy to come by.
    12-03-2011, 10:54 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by waresbear    
Yes, good one MH! A leadless showmanship pattern, my daughter used to do those with my mare when she was a girl. Very impressive to watch. If you do decide to work on that csim, I would love to watch a video of it. When my daughter did this, video wasn't so easy to come by.
Actually, I think I want to have hubby record a video just so everyone doesnt think Im just BSing all this! LMAO

Wish all you guys could meet him, and see how fast he catches on. Kinda scary to be honest! Lol, now that Im thinking, wonder what bad habits he's caught me doing!!!
    12-04-2011, 10:50 AM
You can get him used to you flailing hopelessly around him. I act utterly rediculous around my horses to get them used to children and anything obnocious. My gelding is so used to me that he doesn't do much but flicker his ears to listen, and will stand in the middle of a crowd being petted from every direction.

We have even taken him out of the trailer in the city on the way to a lesson. Busy streets and concrete buildings did not phase him, and I am sure he would have walked right into some of those buildings. We visited a place with volunteers that help teens and adults with disabilities. He absolutely loved it. Moe wasn't afraid of the wheel chair or even having multiple people pet him at the same time. Little things like that go a long way.

Invite some people over and do a group training. Have mutiple people petting/grooming him at the same time. Maybe work with him and have some loud kids help you. Get him used to anything you can throw at him. Anything you think he will ever have come across amd maybe even stuff he may never. Work with him in different places. Trailer him different places and work with him there. Literally anything you think of do it.
    12-06-2011, 11:31 PM
Green Broke
So Clippers, and acting like a total goof have been crossed off the list. As well as a lead less course!

He was fine with the clippers I had, except when I got around his ears, and even then, it really wasnt anything extreme, just shook his head, it was almost like he thought there was a horse fly buzzing around his ears. After that, I acted like a complete goof, which for me, really isnt that abnormal, and apparently, he has picked up on that because he could have cared less.

After all that, I brought him to the arena, tied his lead around his neck, and I was able to have him following me, trotting next to me, backing up, spinning, stopping, and anything else I tried to do. Usually I can get him to canter, but it was pretty warm today, and he was sweating just from doing that, poor guy!!

But I have somehow convinced hubby to come out and take a video of us doing our lead less course, so if everything goes as planned, I will be uploading a video on here
    12-07-2011, 12:06 AM
-is patiently waiting for video-

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    12-07-2011, 04:30 PM
Green Broke
Rodeo Gone Lead-Less
    12-07-2011, 04:53 PM
Sounds like your starting him off very well! He's going to grow into an amazing horse!

- stand square (if you want you can also teach him to park; I did it with my Morab, TWH, and Paint Hehe)

- back up with no contact at all just you walking in front of him with your hand up

- ground tieing

- self load/unload; just point and he shall obey LOL

- clips; head, ears, body

- back up in circles

- tarp alley

- small bouncing ball

- back up into an enclosed area (set to barrels/square bails up for him to back up between)

You could also make a "horse wash" obstacle for him to go through, and you could also put a tarp on him and make him run around with it on him.

As for tricks here are a few that should keep you and him busy for a bit.

- bow (one leg on ground and head between legs) or curtsy (both legs out, head between legs)

- smile

- give kiss

- hug

- yes/no

- shake hoof

- count

- stay

- come

- yo-yo (youtube it; Jessica Forsyth had a good video up of her doing it)

- spanish walk

- sit

- play dead

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