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post #11 of 15 Old 08-08-2013, 05:19 AM
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A quick question tho for everyone, what do you mean by controlling the horse's feet? It seems like its a term used a lot here but not one I've heard here in Australia so much. What does it mean in practical terms?
It means that you control where and when the horse moves. You decide that they go to the left, right, forward or back or stay still. It is not their decision when they are with you. For example, when you lunge them, you decide which direction and how fast. You decide when they change direction or stop. That is controlling their feet.
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post #12 of 15 Old 08-08-2013, 09:02 AM
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That's kind of what I assumed usandpets ��, but helpful to have it spelled out.

It's pretty much what I do when our pony misbehaves then. If she won't do what she's told first time it's repeat, repeat, repeat until she does it my way whenever I ask. If its something new she won't do then we get as far as we can so we leave it on a positive note, then it's walk, trot, turn, forward, back, stand etc till she's paying attention, then back to the challenging thing till I'm happy with her progress.
Guess I'm just naturally bossy ��
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post #13 of 15 Old 08-08-2013, 09:15 AM
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post #14 of 15 Old 08-09-2013, 10:58 PM Thread Starter
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Keeping her with other horses right now is going to add to the difficulty in catching her, and is counter productive. Can you keep her by herself in a separate paddock? Keep her where she can see other horses, but as long as she has others to pal around with it will be harder to get her to see you as alpha, and if the other horses get in the way of your catching her its just that much harder. If you cannot keep her by herself then I suggest tying the other ones up while you catch her, at least that way your separating the herd from her. Then you can work on catching her without them in the way.
They aren't my horses, so I don't have permission from the owners to just tie them up.
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post #15 of 15 Old 08-09-2013, 10:59 PM Thread Starter
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Find yourself a ground work program that you like. Clinton Anderson, Julie Goodnight, Craig Cameron....and work through the steps. The nervousness is a secondary problem. If she's an unhandled broody she hasn't learned the role of people in her world. She may have only been handled to get knocked up.
She has never been used for broodmare. Rescue from a weanling. And that's about it
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