Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Well I went out during my lunch hour at work today, bought a $9 rope halter, was going to buy a training stick but they were $50 for sticks less than 2' long so I said forget that - but the $9 rope halter was the best thing I could have done!
I went out to see Clyde at the boarding facility right after work, put the new halter on him, and he did the same thing at first - didn't want to move a muscle. SoI just stood there, keeping the pressure on his head and not easing up, then after a moment he took a step - I released, and patted his face, and told him how good he was. Tried again, after another moment, another step. After 10 minutes that big old horse was following me no problems at all and I worked with him for an hour without another single stubborn moment!!!! He even walked over gravel without any fuss, and he hates the gravel!! (recovering from over grown hooves w/barefoot trim, little sore maybe)
I am so glad you guys recommended it- best nine bucks I ever spent!! He was just awesome to work with, very responsive. I never would have believed it unless I saw it.
The strangest thing was, after all that, I released him into the pasture like usual, and rather than immediately going back to his herd, he came over to the fence to see me! He has never ever done that, never showed any sign of wanting to be around me, or anyone - I'm earning that boy, one step at a time!!!