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    09-29-2009, 08:07 PM
Update on Bo**

Prior to this, I was having problems getting his attention on me. I made a post, forgot what is was called.

But today I made a breakthrough! First, I was going to work him in the round pen he had been worked in all his life (it is pretty big sized) his trainer worked him there a LOT. But, he had a colt in there, and he couldn't catch it, so, he told me to use another round pen, that was smaller (about the same size as the one at my house). And it is in a different location. Personally perfect size to me. So, I led him in there, took off halter and lead, closed the gate, and let him get accustomed to the new place for several minutes.

Then, (I have a 10" rope with the metal snap removed) I walked in the round pen with that. I got him running on the outside, and since is was smaller in diameter, is was easier for me to keep my body just behind his shoulders to 'push' him on. His ear hardly left me, and when it did, I made him change directions. Sometimes, he would halt and try and change them on his own. I would throw the rope in front to stop him, he would get mad, buck, throw a hissy fit, then go the way I wanted him too. After a while, I saw the second sign I was looking for, the licking of the lips (in more domestic horses, their signs aren't as drawn out so you really have to look) then, he began to lower his head. I stopped, and turned my back to him. It was up to him to decide to join me. I could just imagine him cocking his ears as he thought, but finally I heard footsteps and he walked up to me.

Now that I did that, he is going to be very 'testy', and see how much he can get away with now. But it helps in any situation to remember these two quotes:
1. You can't change your horse, if you won't change yourself
2. Your horse will become what you expect him to be (if you treat your horse like an everyday, ordinary, trail horse, that's all he will ever be)

I also realized I didn't need a whip for noise, and the long lead rope works just as good, if not better (as I can throw it behind him, or in front of him from a distance and not worry about his hissy fit antics)

Thanks for everyone's help and suggestions because I think they all got combined and it was the perfect situation!

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