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    04-17-2009, 11:13 PM
I don't have a horse. But I know just petting it may help.
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    04-18-2009, 09:31 PM
I have often wondered the same thing about the treats lol. My horse isnt nippy or anything, but I have wondered how much is healthy. My horses favorite treat is apples, which are healthy.....but 5 a day may not be . What I have started doing is cut the apples in quarters and then cut the quarters in half....that way its just a little small treat.
    04-19-2009, 10:38 AM
Originally Posted by LDblackhorse    
But we still play a form of tag in the arena. He has enjoyed this from day one. I would not recommend letting most horses chase you, especailly a stallion. It is not generally for the faint of heart. He does like to gallop and stop a couple feet in front of me, then do a three sixty move in the air. That is he cue for me to go after him. But I trust him.
My gelding & I do the same thing out in the pasture. He loves to play tag, or try to race. We'll stare at each other, then I'll take off running and he go galloping by. He always passes me, turns around doing this big, showy, floating trot and comes back to me to bump his head against my chest or arm as if to say "You silly human, no one can beat ME!" He's arrogant like that. LOL
    04-20-2009, 01:03 PM
Round pen work is really good. Doing join up.
I've seen it work wonders and I have done it. (although I don't have a round pen yet, sadly.)
    04-28-2009, 09:51 AM
Originally Posted by cowgirl4jesus94    
Round pen work is really good. Doing join up.
I've seen it work wonders and I have done it. (although I don't have a round pen yet, sadly.)
What is join up?

I also just wanted to say what a great thread. It is a good reminder to not always make it about work
    04-28-2009, 09:56 AM
Grooming, groundwork, and grazing.

My three G's are usually what I do to establish a good amount of familiarity and trust with my horse before asking him to do all sorts of stuff for me.
    04-28-2009, 12:42 PM
I believe Join Up is Monty Roberts? My Aunt just sent me a pair of his halters and videos
    04-29-2009, 02:42 AM
Grooming, groundwork, and grazing.
Definately, I agree. I've only had a horse for about 1-2 months. But I realised these were the best things to do. The whole ordeal of my horse being shoed for the first time, which left him with a sore nose, gut, bleeding gums and he was drugged.

The next day, he was too scared to come near myself or anyone else. Normally, he gallops over as soon as we go to the gate near the paddock.

It only took a day or two of grooming him for a while, leading him around and then standing in the pasture with him for about an hour. After that he returned to his normal ways.

Obviously there are other techniques you can try too, but initially, I think those 'three G's' are probably the best to start with.

And yes, manhirwen, Join Up is Monty Roberts.
    04-29-2009, 10:27 PM
Stupid as this sounds, the more I tried to love and cuddle my horse the more he hated me. He was like "You stupid human... I don't want your gushy gushy sounds" lol I had to actually be a bit firm with him. I had to show him I was the leader, (sometimes by even being aggresive) so he trusts me now. It took a year though. >.< His reason, though, was he was a pasture horse for about 3-5 years and he didn't want to work.

For normal horses... act like a horse. :) That is all I'm going to say. :)
    05-01-2009, 12:01 AM
This is great! I just got my first horse, he's a brumby & so we need to do alot of bonding time together.

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