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post #1 of 11 Old 07-09-2009, 10:08 PM Thread Starter
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Training for 1.5 year old

Hello,

I'm a newbie horse person. I'm training a 1.5 year old red roan appaloosa. I was hoping y'all could answer some questions.

1. I'm walking him on a halter, like you would walk a dog, just teaching him to walk along side me. If he wants to stop and graze I pull him to keep going. Every so often, I say "ho" and we stand still for a minute. Thus far, I have been walking only on his left. Should I switch sometimes to the other side? Any other tips on this are welcome.

2. I cannot approach him with anything in my hand (e.g. a brush, a cloth with fly spray, but carrots are ok). What I have to do is stick the cloth in my backpocket and surreptitiously use it. Any suggestions on how to get him comfortable with stuff in my hand?

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post #2 of 11 Old 07-09-2009, 10:18 PM
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Oh dear.

All I can say is that despite your best intentions, it is not in anyones best interest that you continue this partnership.

Green + Green = Black & Blue.

It's a lot harder to retrain a screw up than it is to train it right the first time (and that goes for both you and the horse. Either you are going to mess up the horse, or the horse is going to mess up you).

The best thing for both of you would be to find different, more experienced partners. If this is not an option, find a trainer who can help you.

You both really need to get this right on the first try.

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post #3 of 11 Old 07-09-2009, 11:03 PM
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Yes, you should lead from both sides.

To get him used to things in your hand, take your things out with you, stand in one spot and let him come to you. Hold them out and let him sniff the things. Give him some carrot pieces to encourage him to sniff everything and be comfrotable with them.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-10-2009, 02:57 AM
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Research research research. And ask for help! Im a semi new horse person and I have a yearling. Im doing his training but I have experienced horse help and Ive done so much research. Plus Ive had my boy since he was 4 months old so thats a lot of time to work with him. hes awesome now, not scared of anything and loves me to death. Just work with him daily and ask for help if you need it.

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post #5 of 11 Old 07-10-2009, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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luvs2ride1979: thanks for the tips
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Introduce new things with the carrots =) Let him see them,sniff them, then touch him with him all the while petting him and reassuring him. Try to avoid the "sneak approach" otherwise he will never get used to things. Be very consistent working with him. Take things slow and be cautious, he is a baby. Good luck!
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post #7 of 11 Old 07-11-2009, 05:25 AM
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something you could try is join up with him. it really works wonders but can take hours to complete. what you would want to do is take him in a round pen or arena (or even small pasture) and lunge him. dont use a lunge line just set him free. horses are natural herd aniamls and dont like to be alone. you will want to keep him going (any pace) untill you see him start to lower his head and chew, this is a sign that he realy to be with you. you will want to have the halter in your hand so he gets used to that idea. when you see him lower his head and chew let him stop and turn your back to him with your head down, he should then come right up to you. when you turn around with the halter if he tries to run away, send him away and start over. most horses will get it right the first time but depending on the horse it can take away for them to show signs. but each time you do it the time will get shorter and shorter. hope i helped some!!
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Oh dear.

All I can say is that despite your best intentions, it is not in anyones best interest that you continue this partnership.

Green + Green = Black & Blue.

It's a lot harder to retrain a screw up than it is to train it right the first time (and that goes for both you and the horse. Either you are going to mess up the horse, or the horse is going to mess up you).

The best thing for both of you would be to find different, more experienced partners. If this is not an option, find a trainer who can help you.

You both really need to get this right on the first try.
Mishandling and even over handling a baby does more harm then good. Let them grow up first. I know we get anxious to get on with their training but their young minds need time to develope. To overhandle a baby is just asking for trouble down the line.
Breaking/training young horses is not for the amature.

I find over and over again that given a 3 1/2 or 4 year old with no training what so ever, half wild and then broken quickly by someone with knowledge and ability that that horse comes along faster and better then the family pet handled since birth. The wilder horses broken a little harder have respect and still form that close bond with the guy who did the breaking.

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@RiosDad: Thanks for the perspective

@Twilight Arabians
you will want to keep him going (any pace) untill you see him start to lower his head and chew, this is a sign that he realy to be with you
Can you explain what this is, why this is?

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Thanks, this is what i'm trying to do, go slow. It is an exercise in patience.

I have been trying walking him on the other side. The first 2 times, he had no idea what to do. The 2nd 2 times, he's getting better.

With the cloth, I can now stand in front of him with a carrot in one hand, a cloth in the other, and he's fine with that. Now I have to get around to the side. When ever I move to the side of him, he turns and faces me. I guess it'll just take time.
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@RiosDad: Thanks for the perspective

@Twilight Arabians
you will want to keep him going (any pace) untill you see him start to lower his head and chew, this is a sign that he ready to be with you
Can you explain what this is, why this is?

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Thanks, this is what i'm trying to do, go slow. It is an exercise in patience.

I have been trying walking him on the other side. The first 2 times, he had no idea what to do. The 2nd 2 times, he's getting better.

With the cloth, I can now stand in front of him with a carrot in one hand, a cloth in the other, and he's fine with that. Now I have to get around to the side. When ever I move to the side of him, he turns and faces me. I guess it'll just take time.

its hard for me to explain it since i cant really ask a horse why they do this. but really you should try it, you will see your horse do it. horses truly are herd animals and don't want to be alone but some dont want to submit that easly or are just more used to being around other horses than people, when they lower there head and chew that is there way of saying "okay you win, i want to be with you". maybe i'll make a video of me doing it with Onyx. My mom is the one that told me about join up as she has done it with every horse she has ever owned since she was a kid and she's never had a horse not show the signs.
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