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post #1 of 6 Old 05-13-2011, 02:35 PM Thread Starter
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question about a wild horse!

WE rescued three horses 2 fillys almost 2 yrs old and a weanling. Our big problem is our 2 yr old palomino we were able to get a halter on her and we have been working on touching her, brushing and walking but we have 2 main problems we can't catch her we have put her in a pen and tried only feeding when she comes to us I swear she would have rather starved so we started using sweet feed it worked once and then next day she was on to us we have left a lead rope on her to catch her she stepped on it and ripped it off so that idea went down the drain BUT once you do catch her she is ok with touching her head but the 2nd problem she lunges toward you like she is bluffing us or trying to kill us! Iam not a horse whisperer I would like to train her our self but iam not wanting to get injured which is always a risk around an animal but does anyone have any ideas.
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First, I'd bet you are going to hear "get a trainer" a bunch. This is appropriate advice and could keep you from getting seriously injured or ..... From your descriptions it sounds like you aren't sure yet if the palomino is attacking or bluffing.

If you continue to work personally with them, I would look at the training that is done with Mustangs when they are first brought in. Here is a link to a site that has lots of training advice and links to gentling mustangs.

KBR's World of Wild Horses & Burros: Main Index

Good luck.

There are also quite a few YouTube videos on the subject that may prove helpful.

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A couple of years ago my mom went into a big abandoned field full of 'wild' horses with a group of other horsemen and fancied herself a horse whisperer. Because she and these other people managed to get the horses into the barn and separated she was allowed to keep one- she picked a nice looking young horse and we took him home. He started in a five-foot round pen that over the course of a week was then raised to seven feet with added metal supports, nobody went near him until we hired ourselves a trainer. Everything went well for a little while and then the horse really lunged- we thought he'd been bluffing but he nearly kicked said trainer in the head and he was out of there very quickly and told us he'd be best with a bullet in the head. NOW! I'm not saying you should go put your horse down, but I am saying that even very experienced horsemen (and women!) have lots of problems taking in wild horses, they are dangerous animals and if cornered and scared with nowhere to run they could kill you and I strongly advise you to get somebody with lots of experience with wild horses in to help you at least for the first little while.
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Quickly, before things get out of hand, clarify your experience with horses and give us some background information. Otherwise, you will her "get a trainer before you get killed" and "green + green = black and blue" and you won't actually get the information you came here for.

Now, if you have a horse even BLUFFING about attacking you, it's serious. If that mare ever does that again, step HARD in her direction and scare her off. That's aggressive behavior and you need a professional to deal with that. It's very very dangerous.


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WE rescued three horses 2 fillys almost 2 yrs old and a weanling. Our big problem is our 2 yr old palomino we were able to get a halter on her and we have been working on touching her, brushing and walking but we have 2 main problems we can't catch her we have put her in a pen and tried only feeding when she comes to us I swear she would have rather starved so we started using sweet feed it worked once and then next day she was on to us we have left a lead rope on her to catch her she stepped on it and ripped it off so that idea went down the drain BUT once you do catch her she is ok with touching her head but the 2nd problem she lunges toward you like she is bluffing us or trying to kill us! Iam not a horse whisperer I would like to train her our self but iam not wanting to get injured which is always a risk around an animal but does anyone have any ideas.

Might I ask what inspired you to take on such a task?
What part of 'Wild Animal" says safe to you?

"The greatest strength is gentleness."
- Iroquois Proverb
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post #6 of 6 Old 05-13-2011, 08:41 PM Thread Starter
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well she was part of the deal so we ended up with her and I don't regret it yet I got her from a kill buyer I paid 70.00 for the 3 horses so if she doesnt work out then she will be a mower iam not going to put myself into harms way I have talked to a trainer that is confident he could work it out of her so I guess we will see.
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