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post #1 of 12 Old 06-19-2012, 09:32 PM Thread Starter
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Trying to slow down the horses.

When I take off the harness off the horses they used to go running out kicking everywhere and it was SERIOUSLY dangerous, so gradually what I've been trying to do is back them out into the walkway and then let them off and also trying to make them wait before walking off, is this the right thing to be doing?
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post #2 of 12 Old 06-19-2012, 09:43 PM
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It is always good to teach a horse to be patient.
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post #3 of 12 Old 06-19-2012, 11:45 PM
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when I let my horse loose, I turn her towards me and have her stand before slipping off her halter, that way she has to turn back around before she can run off , kicking, bucking, happy to be free. This allows enough time that I am already in a safe position.
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post #4 of 12 Old 06-20-2012, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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when I let my horse loose, I turn her towards me and have her stand before slipping off her halter, that way she has to turn back around before she can run off , kicking, bucking, happy to be free. This allows enough time that I am already in a safe position.
I guess this would work, I'll try it tomorrow!
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post #5 of 12 Old 06-20-2012, 07:30 PM
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Since I used to show showmanship, a instructor of mine had me do the following, after you finished riding your horse and you are leading him to his pasture, paddock, whereever you keep the horse, pretend you are showing him at halter. Stop & make him square up, practice a pivot or a back up, at the gate, he must stop & square up. Once you are ready to free the horse, he must be standing & square, take off your halter. Perfectly behaved horse, all my horses were & are like that, I will not accept anything less.
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Since I used to show showmanship, a instructor of mine had me do the following, after you finished riding your horse and you are leading him to his pasture, paddock, whereever you keep the horse, pretend you are showing him at halter. Stop & make him square up, practice a pivot or a back up, at the gate, he must stop & square up. Once you are ready to free the horse, he must be standing & square, take off your halter. Perfectly behaved horse, all my horses were & are like that, I will not accept anything less.
I guess this would calm the horse down for sure and definitely stop it from rushing on in, thank you!

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post #7 of 12 Old 06-20-2012, 07:46 PM
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Mine have been taught:

Stand (wait at gate for me to open)
In (go in)
Turn around (turn and face me)
Head over (head over the gate, and down for me to unbuckle halter)

I don't unfasten the halter until the horse is calm. Once the horse is calm, the halter is unfastened, but the horse isn't released until the halter is fully off, and the horse is relaxed. Last step is:

Ok, you can go
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post #8 of 12 Old 06-20-2012, 11:36 PM
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When I let horses go I face the gate with them. Unbuckle at the cheek tilt their nose to me, slip the nose bit off and hold around the neck. They do not get to be released until they stand stock still.
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Horses hanging head over gate to be haltered/unhaltered can get someone hurt, if they aren't used to it. And not pleasant to have finger caught in halter and drug over gate if horse rushes off. The poster that wrote this, is used to doing it that way, but it is not something I would recommend to someone that is not experienced.

Are you talking about a real harness, or a halter?

If halter? Take horse through gate, and walk in maybe 10 or more steps, and turn horse to face you, with your back to the gate, make the horse back up several steps. Then you can either have horse back up a few more as you are releasing halter, AND stepping back yourself. Horse backing up and you too, means there is space between you if and when he wheels and takes off, possibly kicking out as he does.

And never, but never, stand at gate and shout HAH at horses while waving your arms at them, or the halter and lead as that teaches them to take off acting like the village idiot.

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post #10 of 12 Old 06-21-2012, 12:04 PM Thread Starter
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Horses hanging head over gate to be haltered/unhaltered can get someone hurt, if they aren't used to it. And not pleasant to have finger caught in halter and drug over gate if horse rushes off. The poster that wrote this, is used to doing it that way, but it is not something I would recommend to someone that is not experienced.

Are you talking about a real harness, or a halter?

If halter? Take horse through gate, and walk in maybe 10 or more steps, and turn horse to face you, with your back to the gate, make the horse back up several steps. Then you can either have horse back up a few more as you are releasing halter, AND stepping back yourself. Horse backing up and you too, means there is space between you if and when he wheels and takes off, possibly kicking out as he does.

And never, but never, stand at gate and shout HAH at horses while waving your arms at them, or the halter and lead as that teaches them to take off acting like the village idiot.
Wow, very detailed! Yes I did mean a halter, thank you so much!

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