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    02-26-2011, 05:29 PM
I sit out by my horses very often, and that certaintly strengthens the bond. But I think natural horsemanship-type training also makes a closer bond. I know I probably wouldn't love someone if the just made me run in circles untill I'm dead tired, then shoved a bit in my mouth, put a saddle on my back and rode me around for hours after that. Which is pretty much the "regular" way to train a horse. Just because it is common doesn't mean it is right. Moe and I have a closer bond now than we did when I first started training him. My trainer insisted on the tiring method, which never worked for him, being such an intellegent horse. I started natural horsemanship and now I actually think we are closer than ever.
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    02-26-2011, 05:30 PM
^^ I wouldnt say that's the 'regular' way of training !
    02-26-2011, 05:56 PM
Green Broke
I don't know about the 'best' advise, but when I first started leasing Cheyenne she would never come to me or anyone. She wouldn't do anything very happily unless it was done with her owner who didn't use her really. Now she comes to me with her ears up and nickers to me and wants to be taken out by only me. How I did that was just time. I came to get her with a treat to start just so that she'd let me catch her, and then I lunged her and she was such a brat so I taught her who was boss (although I'm too gentil to do it harshly) but in a more gentil way and then rode her. When I first took her out she wouldn't stay still for me to groom her and tack her up so I gave her hay and eventually she didn't mind me taking her out and stood nicely for me so that I didn't need the hay anymore. I also did a lot of ground work with her. I taught her how to bow and stayed in the paddock with her while I was waiting for my mom to pick me up.
I'm not exactly sure how I got her and I to be as close as she and I are now but it def. Takes time.
    02-26-2011, 09:36 PM
I think of bonding as "safety" and "Respect". The horse learns to respect you, and the horse considers you as a safety zone.
    02-27-2011, 05:07 PM
Green Broke
^^I can agree with that!

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