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    11-14-2011, 01:32 AM
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Foal
Stray Horse, Big project

So I decided to take in a stray horse that showed up at the neighbors 5 months ago. No owners could be located. I'm away at school but will be working with this horse over Christmas break and again in March. I'll admit it, I'm probibley in over my head but I'm determined to learn what I need to know to build a positive relationship with this horse. I've worked with young green horses, and high strung horses but never one like this.
I'm guessing the mare is around 3-4 years old and presumably not halter broke. She seams really edgy about everything, she watched a farm cat walk across the pasture like it was a mountain lion. She will actually come to you when you go out to the pasture but will not allow you to touch her. She wants to smell and investigate you but will shy and run away if touched. Her feet look very nice . . . Too nice . . . . Like someone might have been taking care of them before. I'm not sure what to make of her behavior and the whole feet thing.
Round penning seems like a logical place to start earning the trust of this horse. She hasn't been handled in at least 5 months, possible ever. I donít really know where to start. What things should I be doing in the round pen to start understanding this horse?
     
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    11-14-2011, 12:53 PM
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I'm just not seeing how training a practically feral horse in extremely spaced out increments, for only a week or two- will do you or this mare any good.

Teaching her to trust you then just dropping contact with her and expecting her to pick it back up whenever you have time isn't really going to get her anywhere at all.

Can she not be sold or given to someone who can work with her consistently?
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    11-14-2011, 12:57 PM
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Originally Posted by Endiku    
I'm just not seeing how training a practically feral horse in extremely spaced out increments, for only a week or two- will do you or this mare any good.

Teaching her to trust you then just dropping contact with her and expecting her to pick it back up whenever you have time isn't really going to get her anywhere at all.

Can she not be sold or given to someone who can work with her consistently?
I agree.. she needs more consistency. And if her feet look like they've been recently trimmed.. she could have been someone's project rescue and they ran off. Contact local vets and see if anyone is missing a horse or if they know of someone that can provide proper rehabilitation for this creature.

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    11-14-2011, 09:29 PM
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Agreed with what was said above. Wild horses need to be worked with DAILY. And several times daily doesn't hurt either. Me and my father have had 3 wild horses now that we've broke to ride. We had to rope them to get the halter on, which one person couldn't do. Then, we left short (2-3 feet?) makeshift leadropes on their halters so we could catch them for water every day. They soon learned that if they didn't get caught, they didn't get water. And then we moved onto trust. It's a huge dedication to take on the project of a wild horse.
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    11-14-2011, 11:12 PM
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Weanling
Working with her for a bit and then leaving will do nothing but make the situation worse in my opinion. She finally starts to build trust in you and then you leave. I think you should find someone who has the time to work with her consistently and build a good solid trust that is not going to be broken by them leaving.
     
    11-14-2011, 11:18 PM
  #6
Weanling
Agreed with everything. If you know you're over your head, why are you continuing?
     
    11-20-2011, 11:26 PM
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Originally Posted by Endiku    
Can she not be sold or given to someone who can work with her consistently?

Trust me those options have been explored, the markets bottomed out here. No one wants a horse they can't ride, especially this time of year when its -10.

Its down to me or a semi ride to mexico . . .
     
    11-20-2011, 11:27 PM
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Originally Posted by ShinaKonga    
Agreed with everything. If you know you're over your head, why are you continuing?

Isn't pushing yourself to improve how people get better at something? Just saying, I didn't get better by staying on my kids horse . . .
     
    11-20-2011, 11:46 PM
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Weanling
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Originally Posted by cowpony09    
Isn't pushing yourself to improve how people get better at something? Just saying, I didn't get better by staying on my kids horse . . .
Pushing yourself... Not killing yourself in spaced out training sessions with a wild horse who needs trust, not inconsistency and novice attention. Good for you for trying to help this mare, but you ought to hire a trainer to come out and work with her if you're that dead set on keeping her around.
     
    11-21-2011, 12:32 AM
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Originally Posted by ShinaKonga    
Pushing yourself... Not killing yourself . . . You ought to hire a trainer to come out and work with her .

Let me say saftey is very important to me . . . No horse is worth killing your self over. I've had too many close calls based on foulish pride.

Hiring a trainer requires money. Maybe you have money to put into trainers but I don't. I don't mean that I don't have money to addiquently care for my horses. I assure you they have everything they need. I just don't have the luxury of having money around to put into trainers at the time. I'm finishing up my last year of college (only 2 1/2 months left ) and money is tight at the moment.

I am planning to sending her to a trainer in the spring if I find that I'm not able to handle her. However I'm not going to just ship her off with out giving it a try (with in means) myself.
     

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