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post #11 of 38 Old 03-23-2013, 04:47 PM Thread Starter
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What my plans are is to haul her to my place and remove the halter and yet put a larger one and a leadrope. While she is in the chute ill rub her down and feed her and such to work with the calming. The family is going to keep her in the roundpen until she calms for them after this long procedure.
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post #12 of 38 Old 03-23-2013, 05:07 PM
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I've worked with several horses like this. Many people probably wouldn't agree with this method but it has worked for me, my dad, and my grandpa for years of raising and training horses.. so I'll continue with it.

That halter NEEDS to come off. So, you need to catch her. I wouldn't bother with days of joinup or sitting in the pen. I'd either make a squeeze and run her into it, or rope her. If you rope her you'll probably need someone to help anchor her or a post in the center of the pen to wrap the rope around.

It's obvious that the sitting quietly/feeding from a bucket is not working, so a different method need to be used.
join up is not done over days it is a matter of minutes or an hour at most
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post #13 of 38 Old 03-23-2013, 05:17 PM
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If we're talking about roping, I like to see it done with the trainer mounted on a solid, mellow rope horse, using their equine to bridge the gap. IME, the wild ones seem to get over the initial idea much quicker this way. 2, maybe 3 sessions and it's back to just the trainer.
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post #14 of 38 Old 03-23-2013, 06:56 PM
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join up is not done over days it is a matter of minutes or an hour at most
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if you know how to do it properly - otherwise it's a waste of time. And from what I've seen.. most people (myself included) don't know how to do it properly. I've tried time and time again and always end up resorting to roping the horse.
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post #15 of 38 Old 03-23-2013, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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I have to agree ^ I haven't studied it near enough. I think its an, excellent technique,just not what is ideal for me.
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post #16 of 38 Old 03-23-2013, 07:42 PM
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I would research join ups more and then try it with one of your own horses who already know and trust you. It doesn't require a roundpen; it can be done with a lungeline. Practice with them a few times until it makes more sense because it wouldn't hurt them, as they already have your trust.
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post #17 of 38 Old 03-23-2013, 10:54 PM
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We got a rescued filly who was wild. I got a long stick and taped a back scratching stick to the end. I stood near the filly (on the other side of her paddock fence) and scratched her with the stick. She allowed me to scratch her with the stick. I slowly reached my hand further and further down the stick till I was scratching her with my hand. Two days of this and I was touching her. Two weeks later, I could halter and unhalter, groom and pet her all over.

I would also suggest using another horse. Ride a good calm horse in with the baby. Ride alongside her and touch her from the other horses back. Or stand on the ground with the calm horse between you and the filly. Pet the other horse and the filly. She will be more relaxed and comfortable with that too.
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post #18 of 38 Old 03-23-2013, 11:37 PM
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Roping one does not really traumatize a horse.

I've done it with a few that would do the silly racing about that you describe. And I wouldn't hesitate to do it to one that has a halter digging into her face.

Just last November I went to a farmer's place. Someone had dumped a horse in their bull pasture a few months before. They managed to get it into a large paddock but couldn't get closer. They do not have the time nor the desire to work with a horse.

I managed to get him into a pen with their kids' 4-H sheep. Tossed a loop on his head as he raced around and let the rope go. He ran and ran and ran some more, while I just stood off to the side. When he stopped I picked up the end and began to get him in closer. He was pretty skittish when I haltered him. It may have been his first time. Spent a couple days halter breaking him to lead and tolerate minimal handling. They gave him away after that. He's fine now. Being ridden.

I also rope spoiled horses that just don't want to be caught. Did that recently with a guy's roping horse. She's 10, otherwise well broke, but had been getting handled by his nieces and nephews and had learned she could get away with a lot. One time and she is well mannered again.
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post #20 of 38 Old 03-24-2013, 12:25 AM
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Yeah, I'd go with roping her in this case as well, although would do it on a horse so you could dally and stop her if she just won't quit running. I've messed with a bunch that way and once you actually start getting hands on them, they gentle down quickly. Keep us updated and good luck!
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