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        06-28-2013, 12:18 PM
      #31
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by natisha    
    In that case maybe it would be beneficial to take him into the pasture on a lunge line. See how he behaves, if he gets too excited or anything like that. Let the line out, let him graze & practice walking up to him or softly bringing him to you. That may give you an idea of his response & get him used to you approaching him in a larger area.
    You'll need to keep the other horses away somehow though. Maybe another person could do that.
    I've hand grazed him in the herd and he's done great, and Im currently trying to find a new lunge line after I lost my old one a few months back. I will do that with him as well. It's not something I've usually done, but a good precaution.
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        06-28-2013, 02:35 PM
      #32
    Weanling
    My boy was also in the wild until he was over 6 yrs old (he's 11 now) and after I had him about a year I put him in a small 5 acre pasture and quickly discovered he had no respect for fences. He saw some mares a couple of pastures over and he sailed fences like a deer. Luckily we had done so much round pen work in that first year that he knew it was time to come home when I approached. SO... he spent several months in a larger paddock with my husbands Belgian. They bonded as a herd pair and now when they go out to pasture with each other he no longer feels the strong call of the wild. It does get a little dicey when a large herd of deer or elk come through, but so far he just puts his head up, sniffs the wind for danger and does that awesome blowing sound that can be heard across the valley! A little anxious trotting but having the Belgian as a danger barometer has been very valuable. He's since learned that if the other horses are calm, everything is fine. (Although the smoke from our forest fires makes him understandably nervous)

    In the end, there's no real way to know until you try! Good luck and let us know how it goes!
         
        06-28-2013, 03:11 PM
      #33
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by Boo Walker    
    My boy was also in the wild until he was over 6 yrs old (he's 11 now) and after I had him about a year I put him in a small 5 acre pasture and quickly discovered he had no respect for fences. He saw some mares a couple of pastures over and he sailed fences like a deer. Luckily we had done so much round pen work in that first year that he knew it was time to come home when I approached. SO... he spent several months in a larger paddock with my husbands Belgian. They bonded as a herd pair and now when they go out to pasture with each other he no longer feels the strong call of the wild. It does get a little dicey when a large herd of deer or elk come through, but so far he just puts his head up, sniffs the wind for danger and does that awesome blowing sound that can be heard across the valley! A little anxious trotting but having the Belgian as a danger barometer has been very valuable. He's since learned that if the other horses are calm, everything is fine. (Although the smoke from our forest fires makes him understandably nervous)

    In the end, there's no real way to know until you try! Good luck and let us know how it goes!
    How did the training with your mustang go? Has he turned out to be a nice horse? I'm interested to hear others experiences with the 'Stangs.
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        06-28-2013, 08:20 PM
      #34
    Started
    In the eight or nine weeks my kids had theirs, they all turned into decent little riding horses. Neck rein. Stop nicely. Go well at all gaits. Back up. They didn't do any roping on them, though they did move cattle when we needed to and had ropes swung off them.

    A couple of them preferred not to go real close to cedar trees, but would with outside leg.

    They all got bathed. Swam with the kids. Had ribbons put in their hair. Went on picnics. Learned to stand hobbled. Stood tied to the yard rail fence while "their" girls did yard work or painted or washed windows or cars. Went to town to the park and got tied to swing sets or slides.

    They got treated like pets because the kids knew that was the market for these little guys.
         
        06-28-2013, 08:52 PM
      #35
    Showing
    Hmm, actually, my biggest concern would be just the putting him out with other horses with no real introduction first. Before I turn mine out I like them to share a fenceline with their potential herd-mates so that there is a safe exit in case one of them gets a little too aggressive. My 'stang is a very dominant horse and he will whip the crap out of any horse that tries to act like a big boss around him.

    I didn't have the experience of them "reverting" the first time I turned either of mine out (or the feral filly I got this spring either), and they were captured at 2 and 3...left wild until 3 and 5. I just make sure that they are comfortable with me walking right up to them and, while I normally don't approve of hand feeding treats to horses, I do treat mine when they approach me in the pasture...just to solidify being easy to catch.
         
        06-28-2013, 09:19 PM
      #36
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by smrobs    
    Hmm, actually, my biggest concern would be just the putting him out with other horses with no real introduction first. Before I turn mine out I like them to share a fenceline with their potential herd-mates so that there is a safe exit in case one of them gets a little too aggressive. My 'stang is a very dominant horse and he will whip the crap out of any horse that tries to act like a big boss around him.

    I didn't have the experience of them "reverting" the first time I turned either of mine out (or the feral filly I got this spring either), and they were captured at 2 and 3...left wild until 3 and 5. I just make sure that they are comfortable with me walking right up to them and, while I normally don't approve of hand feeding treats to horses, I do treat mine when they approach me in the pasture...just to solidify being easy to catch.
    What do you do as a real introduction? Usually the other horses hanging out by the round pen and hand grazing with the herd seems to work fine.

    I should not that my round pen is in the middle of the field..my horses can walk right up to V whenever they want, sniff noses, and kick each other (thankfully the bars keep everyone safe)

    The first few days that V was in there, him and my head gelding had some major "fights" but nobody was hurt and they've calmed down.
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        06-28-2013, 09:28 PM
      #37
    Showing
    I generally don't keep them on a lead when I finally decide to turn them out. IMHO, too much risk of them getting into it and me getting caught with an hoof aimed for another horse. I keep a halter on the horse I'm turning out (something that will break/come off in an emergency like leather) and just let them go. There is bound to be some fighting and chasing at first but I just stick close and watch. They will either eventually calm down or it will escalate to real violence. If anyone starts getting really aggressive, I will intervene immediately. I will also sometimes leave the new horse and remove the aggressor from the pasture for a few days.

    When I first turned my Taz out into the big pasture, Rafe was being really aggressive and trying to run him through the fence, so I took Rafe and kept him penned in the barn for 3-4 days while Taz got acclimated to the pasture. Then I turned Rafe back out and all was well.
         

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