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post #11 of 37 Old 06-27-2013, 05:25 PM
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I would wait. It's only been 7 days, so his old wild habits are still stronger than your training, although it seems like it is going very well! Wait until you can catch him consistently. I guess my rule of thumb is, if you have any doubts, wait. When you are 100% sure he is ready, then let him out.
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I would wait. It's only been 7 days, so his old wild habits are still stronger than your training, although it seems like it is going very well! Wait until you can catch him consistently. I guess my rule of thumb is, if you have any doubts, wait. When you are 100% sure he is ready, then let him out.
I'm going to wait until he is catchable 5 times in a row, two days in a row, morning and night, without stepping away.

Mustangs are turning out to be a lot of fun, but much more different than I had originally thought.
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I will never chase a horse - I have better things to do with my time
I expect a lot of my horses too and in that I expect them to come to me when called.
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I will never chase a horse - I have better things to do with my time
I expect a lot of my horses too and in that I expect them to come to me when called.
Not so much chasing as it is negative reenforcement for giving the wrong answer.

I'm not one of those that chase after a horse waving my hands in the air and angry that my pony hates me.

I pressure, pressure, pressure them and when the think about stopping and coming to me, I walk away. Right answer. If I approach them again and they walk away, immediate pressure until they begin to change their mind.


If you have large acreage, you can use a quad with the same principal. Now, don't do chasing them at a gallop but push, push, push until they turn into the quad and immediately turn it off. If my horses see my quad in the pasture, they all run up to it now and if I wanted to, could lead them all up to the barn behind the quad without lead ropes. But, beginners probably shouldn't use a quad if they don't understand how to "speak" horse.
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I wouldn't chase a horse that's spent most of its life wild that's only been in your yard for a week 'into the ground' or 'on a quad'......good way to injure the horse or yourself. JMO. But, whatever you sound like you had your answer before you even asked.
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I wouldn't chase a horse that's spent most of its life wild that's only been in your yard for a week 'into the ground' or 'on a quad'......good way to injure the horse or yourself. JMO. But, whatever you sound like you had your answer before you even asked.
I wasn't implying I was going to use the quad, just throwing it out there for others skimming the thread. I only use the quad on horses that know befter but need to be reprimanded before it becomes habit. But, as soon as he knows that he better stand while I catch him, you better believe I will work his tail off or push him around with the quad and make him wish he would have just been caught in the first place. Usually, if I have to work a horse for not being caught, I try to give them a pretty easy day. It works really well, and all my horses run willingly to the quad, or come when called when I'm on foot.

I wasn't asking how to train my horses to be caught, I can walk up to any of the 6-9 in my pasture (depending who's here) and halter any one of them without incident.

But, I wasn't sure if mustangs had a greater tendency to throw respect training out the window as soon as they left the pen, which one kind user told me that he might. In that case, he'll be staying along in the round pen for a while longer.

Like I've said, I've trained more AQHA and APHA performance horses than I care to rehash, but mustangs are a bit new.
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I would personally say round pen, or if you closed of an area next to the pasture where he could get used to the other horses

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I would personally say round pen, or if you closed of an area next to the pasture where he could get used to the other horses
The pen is out in the middle of the pasture, so I can kill two birds with one stone
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He's not a quarter horse, he's a wild horse that's minding his p's and q's. Often horses will behave like this when moved to a new home but as he settles in, maybe a month or 6 weeks, the true personality shows up, often to the surprise of the owners. As soon as he's thro the gate I'll bet he hightails it. Of course the other horses will be upset with his presence. How long ago was he gelded? If within the last year then in his mind he's still a stallion and has likely bred mares. Watch out for the geldings, as he doesn't know they are gelded, just males to challenge.
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post #20 of 37 Old 06-27-2013, 08:33 PM
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Seems to me that you know all the answers, since you have an answer for every scenario. Tell you what. How about you do what you want and let us know how that works out for you. That way we will all know what to do or not do if we are ever in the same situation.

As far as your other thread-IMO, it should be in the "blogs" section. That is how it reads.

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