Welcome to the forum and congrats on the new horse! I love the 'stang breed (I have one that I use much like you plan to use yours, ranch work). It sounds like you're off to a great start and I would love to see some pix of your new guy.
Thanks! I've lurked the forum awhile but never felt like I needed to create an account, but I want to document V's training and I'm hoping this will keep me disciplined enough to do it.
Hound me if I miss more than two days!!!
Can't figure out how to post a picture, I'm usually always on my cell. One day if I ever actually sit down at the computer I will try to post one.
Anyway, Day 5 is down: Haltered and fed V within just a few minutes today, definitely improving. Had to pick up some hay for him since he's eaten down the roundpen and I don't feel comfortable letting him lose just yet.
After V ate, I let him hand graze in some tall grass in the pasture while the other 6 horses got to chill in their stalls and the round pen. He enjoyed it, and allowed me to sit on the ground near him without being scared of me. He wasn't nearly as jumpy as he has been previously.
After hand grazing for about 45 minutes, we went back into the roundpen and I desensitized him to the stick and string. No problems there, hoping to add the flag in the next few sessions. Rubbed the rope all around his legs and made sure he wasn't jumpy about that. Will be picking up feet with the rope tomorrow.
Also worked on some light line work - asking him to go left, yield, get a pet, then right. By the end, he was sticking his head out toward my stick for his obligatory pat. He also has a habit of shoving his nose into the halter for me still, which is different. He's a very "willing to please" type, but is still a bit wild.
I've heard some mustangs will always be a little wary of humans no matter what, and that might be the case with V.
Plans for day 6... May hand graze again, and then work on some more long line work. Will be picking up feet as well. Hopefully I can walk up, pet and catch him within one minute tomorrow, which is my goal.
Also, this is where I need some input - I'm looking for a nice, soft rope halter with a lightweight, thin, long line for lunging and ground work. I used to have one for breaking colts and training my quarter horses but it's since been misplaced. It was a gift, no idea where it came from. I've looked at the Anderson/Parelli ones and their lines are too thick and heavy for my liking. I really like paracord or soft rope... Thin, lightweight and flexible. Helps teach the horse to react to cues and body movement, not weight of the lead. Posted via Mobile Device