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post #21 of 26 Old 11-28-2012, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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If I did't board her there, I would have to get rid of her. It is not that bad, she does get enough exercise and I am getting her a blanket because she has no shelter (hopefully soon they will get the roof on it) and I am going to talk about setting up a stall maybe for some really cold days. In the summer they will be out in pasture because the cows will be gone. In the winter the cows take up all the room so I can't pt her in any other pen.
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post #22 of 26 Old 11-28-2012, 06:23 PM
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Have you looked at other board options? SURELY your situation is not so diabolical that you can't search for alternative paddocking board options?
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I think she'll be fine. The other horses aren't corrected but SHE is. She will learn that that is not an appropriate response. Also, all babies, good and bad, will throw some things at you. They all test, they all pick, and they will all throw a tantrum now and then. They don't exactly know right then it is "bad" until you tell them otherwise. Don't stress too much. Get her out when you can to reinforce the good stuff she knows, maybe lead her through some obstacles every now and then, and correct her where you have to.
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post #24 of 26 Old 11-28-2012, 07:02 PM
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If I did't board her there, I would have to get rid of her. It is not that bad, she does get enough exercise and I am getting her a blanket because she has no shelter (hopefully soon they will get the roof on it) and I am going to talk about setting up a stall maybe for some really cold days. In the summer they will be out in pasture because the cows will be gone. In the winter the cows take up all the room so I can't pt her in any other pen.
If you aren't able to secure a situation that provides adequate housing for your horse, perhaps this is not the right time to have the/a horse. I don't say that lightly, because it is obvious how much having her means to you - but when it comes to taking an animal into our lives I feel that comes with the obligation to put their needs above our own wants - and in this situation the horse's NEED for adequate housing comes above the person's want to own the horse.
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post #25 of 26 Old 11-28-2012, 07:43 PM
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Ohhh I so disagree about that being all you can do! There is SO much you can teach this blank little slate!!
Babies are wonderful because there's nothing to unteach, just teach

Once she knows the basic ground work skills:
-yields hind end (with physical hand pressure and with swinging rope pressure, surprisingly pressure from your hand takes more work than moving away from motion)
-Yields shoulder
-Sidesteps
-backs up (off physical pressure and verbal cue!)
-leads quietly and politely at an appropriate distance at walk and trot
-gives to lateral pressure (turning head with the halter)
-puts head down on cue (great for shifting out of 'flight mode' when they get older)
-Pick head up - out of grass :P
-be tied politely
-stand without being tied
-pick up all 4 feet

Once the basics are down you can teach SO much more!
-touch targets (learn as many different verbal cues for different objects as possible )
-grab targets (picking them up or even fetching them!)
-follow targets (eventually at liberty through or over obstacles)
-stand quietly while you walk around
-give kisses
-give hugs
-pick up feet on verbal or visual cue rather than a physical one
-yield all parts with verbal or visual cue as opposed to physical ones (A point and a word rather than a touch or a swinging rope)
-back up numerous steps on a verbal cue (build it up! my pony will back all the way down my driveway)
-get her verbal cues perfect for walk/trot/halt transitions on lead to eventually prepare for easier mounted work

Oh there's so much more I just can't even begin to list it all I didn't even mention things to practice desensitizing! There is so much to do with untrained horses!! They're wonderful
Have fun! Let the baby have fun - make training a playful game as opposed to a stressful training session - remember we have horses cause they're fun!
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Ohhh I so disagree about that being all you can do! There is SO much you can teach this blank little slate!!
Babies are wonderful because there's nothing to unteach, just teach

Once she knows the basic ground work skills:
-yields hind end (with physical hand pressure and with swinging rope pressure, surprisingly pressure from your hand takes more work than moving away from motion)
-Yields shoulder
-Sidesteps
-backs up (off physical pressure and verbal cue!)
-leads quietly and politely at an appropriate distance at walk and trot
-gives to lateral pressure (turning head with the halter)
-puts head down on cue (great for shifting out of 'flight mode' when they get older)
-Pick head up - out of grass :P
-be tied politely
-stand without being tied
-pick up all 4 feet

Once the basics are down you can teach SO much more!
-touch targets (learn as many different verbal cues for different objects as possible )
-grab targets (picking them up or even fetching them!)
-follow targets (eventually at liberty through or over obstacles)
-stand quietly while you walk around
-give kisses
-give hugs
-pick up feet on verbal or visual cue rather than a physical one
-yield all parts with verbal or visual cue as opposed to physical ones (A point and a word rather than a touch or a swinging rope)
-back up numerous steps on a verbal cue (build it up! my pony will back all the way down my driveway)
-get her verbal cues perfect for walk/trot/halt transitions on lead to eventually prepare for easier mounted work

Oh there's so much more I just can't even begin to list it all I didn't even mention things to practice desensitizing! There is so much to do with untrained horses!! They're wonderful
Have fun! Let the baby have fun - make training a playful game as opposed to a stressful training session - remember we have horses cause they're fun!
Thank you! This is exactly what I am looking for!!


As for the boarding situation. It sounds worse then it is. She is happy and healthy and we are hoping to get the roof for the shelter up soon! If it doesn't work out with the shelter, I will see about stalling her.
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