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post #1 of 85 Old 04-16-2009, 05:44 PM Thread Starter
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Bonding with your horse

i was just wondering.......whats the best way to strengthen a bond between you and your horse?
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post #2 of 85 Old 04-16-2009, 05:52 PM
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Hanging out, petting, grooming. All horses are different. Some like to work, and the best way to bond is to work with each other. Others are lazy and tend to be spoiled hehe.
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thanks! i also heard that sitting in their pasture and just watching them strengthens the bond as well!
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post #4 of 85 Old 04-16-2009, 06:13 PM
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It helps if you are the sole care giver. Spend quality time with them in the paddock; grooming; round pen and ground work; non stressful time; hand walking; basically any time you can give them one on one. The thing to be careful of is becoming overbearing. Let them come to you when possible - give them a scratch on the forehead and walk a few steps away with your back to them, they will most likely follow - that's a good thing to have happen.

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i bond with my horse by taking care of her and feeding her and taking care of her when she is hurt or not feeling well.
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Yep, all that was mentioned are great ideas. LOTS of grazing time. That's a big one. Spend a lot of time asking your horse to do nothing....a lot of times people ALWAYS ask their horse for something and horses get annoyed with it...they feel like there's nothing in it for them. Also find your horse's favorite itchy spots, and remember to scratch HARD.
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thanks for the advice everyone! i will be sure to try all of it, but if you have anymore keep it coming...i like to see what everyone thinks!

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post #8 of 85 Old 04-16-2009, 08:39 PM
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thanks! i also heard that sitting in their pasture and just watching them strengthens the bond as well!
Yes it does...be one of the herd. Stand with them, look at what they look at, and be curious at times, too...if you see something, walk over to it, and you'll find that they'll follow you to see what you're looking at.

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On the seventh day, he Painted the good ones.
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post #9 of 85 Old 04-17-2009, 10:49 AM
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Quality time! Lots of it! Sitting in the pasture, in his stall, hand grazing, grooming, ground work, all of this helps strengthen your bond with your horse. Just remember, and this is something I had to learn because I'm just one of those impatient people at times, that building trust and a bond takes time. =)
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post #10 of 85 Old 04-17-2009, 10:53 AM Thread Starter
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you guys have the best advice!!!!!!!!
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