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post #31 of 39 Old 06-28-2013, 08:41 AM
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Thats fantastic V sounds like he's doing great. I made the mistake of teaching my pony the halter thing too with CT, now I can't ever leave it within his reach! :P when I hang it uo on the hook he drops in on the floor and tries to scurry his nose into it, but mines floppy so he can't - silly pony :P

Also, you may do things however works for you, but the reason we use a click as a marker is because the sound is really distinct and can be heard easily and not mistaken - i've also used a smooch noise which worked well. Treats are usually easiest because they're quick and you can give them anytime, even for mounted work. The things aren't hard to carry either, I fill my sweatshirt pockets in the winter and use a purse in the summer, the clicker I wear on a bracelet. :)
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post #32 of 39 Old 06-28-2013, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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Forget which day I'm on - 8, maybe? Anyway, had some major progress with V today.

Caught him as soon as I walked in the pen and was able to go through all of our previous training quickly and without a hitch. He was in a good mood today, probably because I didn't get to work with him a ton yesterday.

Felt good about today and decided to tackle saddling.

For the first step, I drug the saddle into the pen and let him check it out. I looped his lead over a panel (he is very respectful when being tied) and rubbed the blanket all over him, slowly at first and as soon as he stopped his fidgeting, walked away and gave him a break. Pretty soon I could rub the blanket anywhere. Second, I threw it on and off both sides and got a little rougher with it until he calmed down. Didn't take long.

For the saddle, I usually just walk up, let them see it, rub it along their sides and gently place it on their back. He did fine with this. I started out with ONLY my stirrups and girth attached, and after he was okay with those, added the back cinch and breast collar. He took it like a champ.

I slapped the stirrups, twirled the saddle ties, wiggled the breast collar and generally sacked him out to the saddle. One he was calm, I gave him a good 15 minute break to just walk around and wear the saddle.

Tightened it up and sent him around the roundpen each way once at a walk, trot and canter.

He took all of this in stride so I started putting some weight into the stirrups. No big deal. I did this on both sides, just gently using my hands to put pressure into the stirrups and releasing when I got a positive response. Next, I stepped up and rubbed his neck, and steppeddown. I did those on both sides several times and gave him a long break.

I didn't want to push him, but he seemed to be enjoying the work and the company so I went ahead and layed across the saddle a few times, no big deal.

Finally, I just got up and sat on him. He stood like a champ. I flexed him on both sides for a few minutes and backed him up a bit (he backs on a voice command.) Walked two or three times around the arena, yeilded the hindquarters and called it a day. He unsaddled well and got lots of hay for a job well done.

Our new trick today was teaching him to hold things in his mouth. So far, he has held a feed bucket, his halter and a stick.
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post #33 of 39 Old 06-28-2013, 08:23 PM
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Always remember that feeling of looking at a big, open country over the ears of a good horse, seeing a new trail unwind ahead of you, and that ever-spectacular view from the top of the ridge!!! Follow my training blog:
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Have lots to update on with V!

1 - I let him out into the pasture with my two mates and worked on pressure/release to walk up and pet him. By the second day I could easily walk up and halter him. I was worried about him fighting but when I let out my other QH gelding, he really tried to kick V in the butt. V would usually just run and I was afraid he would run out of the fence so now the gelding is in the roundpen.

2 - Getting better with picking up his feet. Still not loving the farrier. Great with taking a saddle, okay with taking a bridle but getting better. He does take the bit himself when asked. Easy to walk up to and pet in the pasture. I've had 2 other new people mess with him and although he doesn't love it, he tolerates them much better than he used to. No more backing out of his skin and rearing.

3 - We had two good rides in the roundpen and yesterday had our first ride outside of the roundpen. First, I just rode him to our back 40 and back to the barn. No signs of being herd bound or barn sour.

That same evening I had a friend come and we took three horses - I rode a gelding I have named Ross and ponied V while my buddy rode a little cutting mare I have named Jenny. After ponying a few miles, V was performing great so I just rode him and let my buddy pony Ross. We rode for about 6 more miles with V leading the whole way and we didn't have one spook, one misstep or one hitch. I would have let a beginner ride him on that particular ride. The stop and verbal whoa I taught in the roundpen definitely transferred onto the trail and he has a bit of a sliding stop now. Also cantered/galloped him for the first time without a hitch and boy was it smooth!

Took him on a few loops away from the other horses and he did great.

I really love this horse more everyday and am more bonded to him than any of my quarter horses. There is just something different about a wild horse - and, only taking about 3 weeks until the first outside ride is really awesome pace.

More updates to come!
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post #35 of 39 Old 07-06-2013, 10:01 PM
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Woot!! Sounds like you and V are doing amazing. That's one thing I always liked about mine (I guess it must really be a mustang thing) is that they were always just happy to have the country unroll ahead of them and have somewhere to go. They never gave a dang where the other horses were at or where I asked them to go...they were just happy to go anywhere.

I don't know what your trails and stuff are like and whether there is anything man-made along them, but I will mention that the first place I had any trouble with either of mine really spooking at something other than me was when I started riding them in town. Coyote jump out from between their front feet at a lope and they don't even flick an ear but that boat on the trailer? Yep, that's a fire breathing, horse eating demon monster LOL.

Oh, and I'm still impatiently waiting for pictures of this gorgeous guy!

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post #36 of 39 Old 07-06-2013, 11:02 PM
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I've noticed that whenever the horse doesn't give you the response you'd like, you are quick to blame previous handling. It appears his survival instincts kick in when you try something new or introduce new people. You are his teacher who speaks a language he is not familiar with. If you are not getting the responses you want, try a different approach.
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post #37 of 39 Old 07-07-2013, 12:50 AM
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Definitely will be following this thread as i will be working with mustangs at a rescue im going to volunteer at at eventually want to adopt one from there would love to see pics
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post #38 of 39 Old 07-10-2013, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Making some great progress with V!! I've been doing groundwork for an hour in the morning and 2 hours in the evening, and using an hour of that evening time every other day for riding. He's now sliding to stop, backing, and has a pretty good handle. He also is becoming really responsive to leg cues and voice commands. He's only "bucked" once when he didn't want to go down a trail for some reason, and he only kicked up his back end but we came to an understanding with that rather quickly:)

Today I was exceptionally proud of him. I decided to switch our ride to this morning and planned to go to a nearby deer camp. No hunters are there currently, but the place is flapping tarp heaven and all of the walkways are boarded. They also have several sheds built from tarps that you can walk through and V took the entire camp in stride. Since I have begun riding him we have had a total of 0 (yes, I said zero) spooks. Not to say it won't happen but it hasn't yet! The amount of trust and respect for me is obvious, due to the hours and hours I've spent on the ground with him.

Today he walked over boards, through tarps, through tunnels and under awnings without batting an eye.

I can not say how much I love this horse!!
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post #39 of 39 Old 07-10-2013, 04:48 PM
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Definitely following this! Sounds like you're doing a great job with him, and he sounds like a fantastic horse.
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