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    09-22-2010, 07:20 PM
some fun- How do YOU get your horse to come?

This is a less serious thread but..
I'm moving to college next summer and my gelding will share 70 acres of green pasture with a scant 5 other horses.
Now I'm thinking.. God how am I going to find him????!

I'm thinking I'll start a call now, so when we move and he hears it, (provided he's extra-excited to see me) he'll come running!

So what are your tricks and tips and special sounds that bring your baby trotting to ya?

-At the moment he RARELY comes to me from a long distance. He waits 'til I'm twenty feet away and thennn heads my way. But I go see him nearly everyday. When I don't see him for a week or two- get out of the way! He's coming down the hill blazing!
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    09-22-2010, 07:28 PM
Green Broke
I whistle for my horses. To train them to come, shake a grain can and whistle, give some grain after youget his halter on
Good luck!

    09-22-2010, 07:30 PM
Oh geez I'm one of those people who can't whistle!

Thanks though
    09-22-2010, 07:32 PM
Same here, I whistle, call or whatever. If he doesn't come as he knows I want to ride, I get down on the ground and curl into a ball.. then he gets curious and comes. I then reward him with a tiny treat. Haha. That might not work so well if he can't see you though ;)
    09-22-2010, 07:33 PM
For quite a while, I'll whistle when it is feeding time. The horses get used to hearing my whistle and associate it with food. Eventually, I was able to whistle and they'd come running. Heck, now my whistle means food or riding time. Sometimes I do carry treats, so they never know if there's food involved after I whistle. I like to keep them guessing. I've never had a problem catching any of my horses that way. :)
    09-22-2010, 07:40 PM
I'm going to start with the whistle. Lol if you can't whistle you can call their name.
    09-22-2010, 07:53 PM
Green Broke
Get a whistle from walmart. ? :)
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    09-22-2010, 07:54 PM
I whistle or call my horses name. You could also try clucking to him.
    09-22-2010, 07:58 PM
Green Broke
Maybe try clapping, since you can't also gets my horses to me =)
    09-22-2010, 08:03 PM
Since he is going to be on a fairly good sized chunk of land, I would suggest buying some kind of whistle. A human voice really can't carry over a very long distance in optimum conditions, let alone when the wind is blowing LOL. I will actually use a dog whistle like this (though there is some company that makes cheaper ones out of plastic)
It can create the most loud and shrill whistle I have ever heard and is designed to be heard over great distances. Other than that suggestion, I use the same methods as everyone else, get him to associate the whistle with treats and he'll start crawling in your lap when you whistle to him.

Edited to add:
Here is a good site that offers the cheaper whistles in both metal and plastic.

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