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    02-18-2007, 09:27 PM
stand still!

Alright guys. How would you go about training a horse to stand still my new mustang just does not stand...I would eventually like to train her to ground tie like I did with myke but when she wont even stand still when I am just holding her I would like some help...tomorrow I will be placing a rope halter on her to see how she does with that and hopefully train her to back up...if she knows how to back up then she can learn to back So I just want some help to train her to maybe stand still.....

I have always learned to train them to stand still by backing them to the same spot they were in before so I am thinking I need to teach her to back up by shaking my leadrope at her...thats HOw I do it with mike. Right know she only knows to back up when I pull back on her lead rope, and even when she is determined to go somewhere she ignores the pressure of the halter...thats why I can't wait to get her in a rope halter....

Does this make any scence to you guys?????? Just ask me and I will try to re word it.
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    02-18-2007, 09:46 PM
Meh you know my idea. Lol if you want I'll type it out but I can just call you and tell you.
    02-18-2007, 09:46 PM
You already told me.
    02-18-2007, 09:47 PM
I have a friend who owns a mustang. She says training her is different then working with her horse but interesting and she enjoys it.

I use body language rather then yanking on the lead. To back my horse I do not touch his halter, but rather move him by walking towards his shoulder and saying "back." This only shows how effects simple body language can be!

Is he trained to lunge? I could give a suggestion if he is or you have a round pen.

In the mean time, try using a crop and (firmly) tapping his chest while pushing back. Mares will nip or kick at another horse's chest signaling to get back. Immediately praise once he takes the first step back. Repeat and make big praises. Remember to immediately reward and to repeat.
    02-18-2007, 10:53 PM
Thanks...and yes she can lunge and we also have a round pin.
    02-18-2007, 11:17 PM
Lunge her & look for signs of relaxation (chewing, and/or lowered head) and obedience. It may take a while. When she is listening to your commands such as tracking down or transitioning up, take her on the lead. Walk her in different directions with the lead loose. You want her to follow. If she runs over you, turn towards her, push hard against her chest and firmly tell her to back. Once she does, HUGE praise then walk on. Don't give up, be persistent. Tapping her on the chest/front legs with a crop may help. Turn in different directions and stop repeatedly. If she doesn't stop when you stop, try backing her again. It means she is running through your signals. Keep us posted and good luck!
    02-19-2007, 08:29 AM
One of the simplest ways we deal with that type of thing is to teach them to back up first (if they don't know how already) and then when ever they take a step forward you don't want them to, you make them back up a step. You continue this (patiently!!! It may take a while!!) and eventually the horse gets sick of backing up and will stand still.
This doesn't work for all horses and on some horses can take a few sessions.
    02-19-2007, 01:27 PM
Thank you guys so much....I woke up to 5 1/2 inches of snow this morning and could not get out there right away...I hope to get there later...I will take pictures and try some of your suggestions...hope to keep you posted!!!
    02-21-2007, 01:39 AM
So today I was able to take her out. I borrowed chucks rope halter and took her out with that, she was like a changed horse. She backed up and stopped...when she did not stop I took kristys advice and tapped her on the chest, I also lunged her a was awesome the change we had so quickly...I am going to have sarah video tape a minute of me and her and put it on here for you guys...

She did try to kick and bite when I was picking up her feet today, any suggestions?
    02-22-2007, 02:40 PM
I don't mean to butt in here but it sounds to me and this is only my opinion, but sounds like a respect issue. If my horses don't want to stand still and its usually the younger ones that do that, but I will take a long lead line and move them around, disengaging the hindquarters. Them let them stand a minute or two and you'll more then likely see them lick their lips and go right back to moving the hindquarters in both directions. Soon they realize that I am in charge of when they move and I can move them whenever I want too, not when they want too. Soon they are standing there licking their lips and wanting to stand still.....
Also with the biting and kicking while your picking up your horses feet is her not respecting your space IMO. How much ground work was done with your horse? When my younger one do that I go right back to ground work and moving and disengaging those hindquarters. I know it doesn't sound like much its a major part of ground work that is very important.

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