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    02-18-2011, 12:07 PM
  #21
Weanling
Wow! Great progress! How did you teach her to pick up her feet? How was she about touching her face when you first started? I too have recently started with a filly that was out to pasture with 0 handling. She is very nervous around people, but she is starting to come around. She refuses to let me touch her muzzle. I will be sending her to a trainer to get her started under saddle when she is old enough and trusts people more. :) You have given me hope!
     
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    02-18-2011, 10:49 PM
  #22
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Tejas    
Wow! Great progress! How did you teach her to pick up her feet? How was she about touching her face when you first started? I too have recently started with a filly that was out to pasture with 0 handling. She is very nervous around people, but she is starting to come around. She refuses to let me touch her muzzle. I will be sending her to a trainer to get her started under saddle when she is old enough and trusts people more. :) You have given me hope!
Hi Tejas,
About the 1st week - I left her in her stall took her halter off and just let her get used to the stall - cause she has never been in one. I would come in couple of times a day and try to approach her - not really making too much eye contact, I would have the halter hanging over my arm and try to spend some time in the stall with her and let her get curious about me. Eventually I would come closer and closer till she would let me touch the side of her neck and withers and then head and I would rub on her A LOT. They will come to you for more because it feels good to them to rub on something. I would not go to touch her nose at this stage as she is learning to trust me and most horses don't like to have their nose touched at least at the beginning.
- on about day 3 I finally put a halter on her - it took me 20 minutes to do so! Once I had the halter on her things would progress a lot faster, because every time she got scared or spooked and tried to kick or bolt I could pull her pretty head facing me in no time.
- For the next 2 weeks I did a lot of desensitizing of her with lead rope (throwing the lead rope over her back, withers, butt, hind legs eth. And again lots of rubbing and love as she still did not know me well and was learning to trust me.
-at the same time I would start teaching her a little bit of backing away from me because you want her to respect your space - because if they spook they naturally run into you not away from you - so I made sure that running into my space was uncomfortable. Practiced some sending exercises - sending her left and right, disengaging hindquarters etc.
- at this point I would not be be real quiet around her - opposite is true, I was just working with her with my normal speed, being noisy, whistling, talking loud, making noises - if she spooked at anything, noise or moving object I would continue doing that noise or moving that object till she would stop moving her feet and relax
- why I am I saying all this? This was basically about getting the fear out of her and making her respectful towards me, so that anything I would ask her to do in the future she would do without much hesitation. Basically teaching her to trust me and respect me That is a big one because you build on it - teaching to pickup feet was not that hard after this initial period - front feet were easy. Rub down her legs and cue for her to pickup was to squeeze her fetlock. Once she picks up you rub her leg - that is the reward - I would not just grab her foot at first though - she would freak out
- Hind legs - that one took a while - I made sure I did lots of desensitizing with rope, throwing rope around her legs, make sure she won't kick at it or spook. The use the rope to lift one of her hind legs, when she does - release. Lot of repetitions, when she was comfortable with that I would carefully reach down with my hands, but again lot of rubbing - as a form of desensitizing the horse to you as an object.

- Basically to me it's kind of like child upbringing - you get back what you put into them She needed time to adjust and get comfortable in the completely new environment and get used to the noises and people and horse etc. - give your filly time to adjust and spend time with her -even if it's only 15-20 minutes daily - it's better then 2 hours 1 - 2 times a week, because you will become a regular part of her life. Don't get discouraged if there is a setback, she will come around - she needs time
How long have you had your filly? Congratulations!
     
    02-19-2011, 02:21 AM
  #23
Weanling
Well to tired to say much more but wanted to congratulate you on the mile stone!! Keep up the good work!
     
    02-21-2011, 11:16 AM
  #24
Weanling
I have had her for 1 week as of yesterday. She came with a halter on, but is very weary of you touching her face and chin, so I don't think I will be able to change her out to a new halter just yet.
We had to worm her yesterday. I had the trainer take care of it. She ended up whopping him with a front hoof. I'm glad I wasn't in his place!

She is going to need some time. I like your "go about your business" method of making normal noises and motions. I will have to be less cautious around her when she's tied safely
     
    02-21-2011, 11:24 AM
  #25
Weanling
Yes - the more you try to be quite and creep around them the spookier they will be. I rode Nova again on Saturday and got her to canter around in the arena with me! There were some crazy vaqueros riding with us.. she was really spooky at first spinning with me LOL, cause they were cracking whips and roping a bucket. But then she was a really good girl she got used to it. All this distraction helped her to not be worried about me asking her to canter. We had a blast.
     
    02-21-2011, 10:59 PM
  #26
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Tejas    
She is going to need some time. I like your "go about your business" method of making normal noises and motions. I will have to be less cautious around her when she's tied safely
That is so true, don't be quiet or try to not let her get scared, in the long run she'll be scared of everything, even if she's not tied, do it, if she's in her stall or a small pen make alot of noise while doing normal stuff, or waving things around. Get her used to stuff, as long as she does not relate any pain to the noises and everything, she will get used to it. Just by the sound of you, no offense, but you seem like a timid person with your horse, I could be completely wrong. But don't be, you need to be assertive! Good luck!!


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I rode Nova again on Saturday and got her to canter around in the arena with me!
Good for you!! She got a nice lope to her? You sure do have some interesting boarders there huh? But that sounds like a good time...roping stuff off of horseback!
     
    02-21-2011, 11:21 PM
  #27
Weanling
Good for you!! She got a nice lope to her? You sure do have some interesting boarders there huh? But that sounds like a good time...roping stuff off of horseback![/QUOTE]

- Nova has got an awesome bouncy trot (she has got sort of longer back.. at least now it seems like that). Rocking horse lope.. she is only like 14 HH right now (cutting blood lines - mostly small horses, she will still grow - but I don't think she will be taller than 14.2HH) - but her gaits are awesome..
-now I haven't done anything with Nova since Saturday - it's been way too cold - so she is having a break for few days, which is fine, she is young so I don't want to overdo it. If I get on her 3x a week for 15 - 30 minutes, I think that will be fine for now. She is taking her "breaking" (I hate to call it that way) really well - like she knows she is meant to be a riding horse - she has really given me little resistance.. it must be the "working cow horse" bloodlines or something

- yes the owner and the boarders are all rodeo vaqueros.. basically everybody gets together on a weekend, drink some beer and ride horses in the arena. In the warmer months there is larger outdoor arena.. so we grill food and have fun riding horses - race in the fields etc.. good times
     
    02-21-2011, 11:40 PM
  #28
Weanling
Wow yeah just a lil thing huh? Lol, I myself enjoy the larger ones, draft or draft cross's :)

How cold you got it down there? Heard you guys got a bit of snow this year, did you get hit with this last storm?
     
    02-21-2011, 11:46 PM
  #29
Weanling
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Originally Posted by draftgrl    
Wow yeah just a lil thing huh? Lol, I myself enjoy the larger ones, draft or draft cross's :)

How cold you got it down there? Heard you guys got a bit of snow this year, did you get hit with this last storm?
Yeah my other mare is 15.2HH and that is what I prefer 15 - 15.2 - I used to ride a 16.1HH Trakehner.. I just did not feel "insync" with the huge body movement.. I am not short though about 5'8".. don't know what it it.. yes I am really hoping Nova will grow at least couple more inches (fingers crossed).
- we did get quite snowed in couple of weeks ago.. snow on my driveway was about 3 feet - 7-8 foot drifts on the barn.. we could not get the horses outside till about a week later, till it thawed out at little - never seen that much snow around here
     
    02-22-2011, 12:04 AM
  #30
Weanling
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How cold you got it down there? Heard you guys got a bit of snow this year, did you get hit with this last storm?[/QUOTE]

- all the snow thawed last week when we hit 60 degrees downtown Chicago for couple of days.. taste of spring.. then a day later went back to 35 degrees
- then yesterday downpour all day, that all froze to black ice this morning.. everywhere - literally step on the driveway, then whoop - feet up in the air and go to the bottom of the driveway on your butt - crazy weather I want May, sunny and 70 degrees
     

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