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post #1 of 13 Old 10-26-2010, 12:59 PM Thread Starter
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youngster won't stand still

I have a youngster on loan over the winter but am finding it difficult to make him stand still to do anything. He is really fidgety and i'm guessing he has just never been taught how to stand still quietly. Any advice? when i do ask him to stand he just tries to move round me in a circle. I was advice to tie him up for a day would that help?
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post #2 of 13 Old 10-26-2010, 02:20 PM
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how young is this youngster?
I would not tie him up for a day, if he's that antsy around you and you try tieing him up for the day he'll probably just pull back till he breaks something....also he could hurt himself or anyone near him when he tries to break away.
What does he know at this point? halter on and off, easy to catch or not, leading ect???
if he's had no real handling that could be the main issue and with handling and consistent work he'll settle down. what breed is he? some run a bit higher strung than others;o)
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How old is this youngster?
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How old is he? I would tie. for a half hour to an hour, maybe even more each day....... Less if he's younger.

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He is 3 1/2 yrs. We have only had him two months. He has been backed by the owner's 15yr old girl. I think he just hasn't had the foundations worked on and therefore hasn't learn't any manners. He is fine with halter and in field he comes to call but when leading he wants to be way ahead of you and of course when i try to make him stand he fidgets. He is get bargy and will try to push against the pressure rather than release from it. He thinks nothing of barging you out of the way to get his hay net. Would really like to work on the foundation and ground work before my little brother starts to ride him but noth sure where to start. he is good when ridden.
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Sounds like he's a 'rude' horse. He def. needs some ground manners.Check out this website Successful horse training - DVDs, how to videos, advice, and tack I use his techniques on my horse and it's working for us, and it might give you ideas.
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When we got my very first horse.... (at the time 3, now 22) he was like this. Would not stand still. We tried everything. So finally we took him to the bottom of the property away from all other horses to an old trailer never used. And tied him with 2 halters and 2 leadropes, a bucket of water. He stayed tied there for 8 hours. he learned to stand still after that.

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thank you that's the advice I keep getting - to leave him tied for a long time so that he get's the message. I have had him tied up today with a hay net I have been grooming him and he let me pick up his feet. I tried to move his back end away from me and he just pushed against me. I left him for around an hour tied up today but with the distraction of a hay net is this the right thing to do? He started to get fidgety once the hay net was empty and started to paw the ground etc. He didn't try to pull off and i only untied him when he was still.
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post #9 of 13 Old 10-27-2010, 12:52 PM
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Hobble train him. Has other benefits as well. I've done young foals through 8 year old green horses. Takes the fight and fidget out of them. Clinton Anderson and John O'Leary have DVD's on leg restraints.
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What does hobble training involve?
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