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post #1 of 8 Old 03-15-2014, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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gaining trust of my horse

Hello all i just bought a warmblood gelding and i want top gain his trust thru natural horsemanship has anyone done the whistle training? I'm going to try it but i wondered if anyone had any experience with it.: )
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-15-2014, 11:44 PM
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Demand respect first. Be a leader. Firm when needed but also fair. If you are a good leader, set boundaries, and be consistent, he will trust you in time. It will depend on how you treat him and his personality. Some will trust easier than others.
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-17-2014, 02:59 AM
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Welcome AmEr,

Agree with the above. Through consistent & clear handling & boundaries, you can *earn* the horse's trust & respect as a good leader.

Never heard of whistle training. What is it?
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Gaining a horses trust means a lot of different things. The biggest thing is respect and making sure it's obvious who's in charge (hint: it's you!). Once that's established, trust exercises come in many shapes and sizes and it depends on how much your horse already trusts you with what exercise you work on. I highly, highly recommend doing join up as a first off!

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post #5 of 8 Old 03-20-2014, 10:43 PM
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Remember what a horse wants in life. He wants a leader. Don"t be misguided by things like demand his respect. To me you are going to demand his respect once you've earned this right. So how do you do this. Back to he wants a leader. With natural horsemanship this starts with giving a horse what he wants from a leader food, shelter, and safety. That is the very first step in gaining his respect and trust. At the same time it is the beginning of letting him know what you as a leader want. Think of yourself as the boss mare. Give him food, water, and things but slowly introduce him into being patient and not just dismissing you when you've fed him. That is done by simply making him stand while there is feed out. This is establishing that you are the dominant one without anything more than making him stand a few minutes patiently. The boss mare always gets to drink or eat first. Thats all you are replicating. He will accept this and eventually like it. When you can let your horse go for the evening and he will wait unrestrained for you to leave his personnel space before going to food it is a good sign he has excepted you as his leader. By know means is this anything more than my own personal opinion and I apply the same thing to my horse. Understand it doesnt happen over night and it is more of a long term goal for judging where you stand with your horse. When you can earn the right for your hungry horse to allow you to dismiss him before he eats you"ve earned his trust and respect and he will follow you to the end of the earth. Last piece never break his trust. Be consistent and clear in your approach and you will never lie to him and he will always trust you.
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post #6 of 8 Old 03-20-2014, 11:57 PM
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Saw this quote today... 'OFFER them respect. EARN their trust. BUILD a relationship. Rejoice in the love and become a TEAM.' I particularly like the first 2 sentences.
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post #7 of 8 Old 03-23-2014, 08:17 AM
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A true connection begins to form when you allow the horse to not want to be with you. This is a difficult concept to grasp but it actually strengthens the bond. A horse is a fight or flight animal. People are inclined to insist on a horse doing something, that he'll get over it. When a horse is afraid he's not thinking so after he's gone what he feels is a safe distance, if left alone for a few minutes, he'll come to realize it wasn't so bad. You now have to figure how how to draw him back. Don't expect it the first time or two but when it happens that is when the magic begins. You will begin to find that what you initially asked of him that triggered his flight response, he may do now with brilliance and oftentimes it doesn't have to be repeated because he wasn't under any duress. This is the beginning of real communication with the horse. And once in a while, just take a chair and reading material and join him in a paddock or pasture. Because you are reading and not thinking about him, most horses become suddenly fascinated and want to hang around. Providing a flake of hay nearby is fine. He may even chose to sniff you out to learn about you.
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-30-2014, 06:25 PM
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Be as kind as you can, as firm as you must, and completely and absolutely fair. It really is as simple as that.
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