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    04-16-2009, 04:46 PM
getting your horse to come

My horse does NOT run away from me, but he doesnt come either any ideas on how to get your horse to come with out using a ridiculous amount of treats????
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    04-16-2009, 06:25 PM
It all starts with what you do with your horse when you have him. Do you always work him? How often do you spend undemanding time with him? It just sounds like he doens't think of you as someone fun or interesting and worth coming to. So spend A LOT of undemanding, grazing time with him. When you do work him make it FUN! Set up puzzles for him to figure out, change the scenery, do different things, etc. The more interesting and fun your horse thinks you are, the chances of him coming to you when called goes way up. And when he does come to you don't just halter him right away. Find an itchy spot and take a minute to just love on him.
    04-16-2009, 06:29 PM
Thanks for the advice! When I call his name his head shoots up from grazing and he watches me come, but like I said he doesnt actually walk to me...your advice makes a lot of sense and I am definitely going to try it! By the way...i can't seem to find his itchy spot!!!!

***also*** what exactly do you mean by puzzles?
    04-16-2009, 06:32 PM
My pony use to not come to me, but when she saw me soending more time with other horses she got jealous and then she started come everytime I called her. I also carry a treat when I catch. Now I can call her from my porch and she runs to the fence and whinnies. You should try it.
    04-17-2009, 06:31 PM
There are a lot of special places on a horse that are usually itchy. Try the sides of his neck, his withers, behind the shoulders, behind the ears, along the slope of the shoulder, the dock of the tail, his belly button....and really scratch HARD. Use those nails! Horses groom each other with their TEETH, so we really need to scratch hard.

By puzzles, I mean try things like figure 8's around two cones, a weave pattern between cones, have him go over, under, across, up and down things, use lots of obstacles. Get his mind engaged. Use your imagination! :)
    04-17-2009, 06:37 PM
I start by whistling for them every time I feed, once they start coming to that start whistling when I want to groom them, gradually work it up and they will start coming when you call. Kind of like training a dog to come. Start with treats/fun stuff (in theory they should like you ) and work it up to everything else. Flame (my old mare) will usually come when I call her name. Sometimes she just can't be bothered though, but she's an old girl so it doesn't bother me. They both nicker everytime they see me coming though.
    04-17-2009, 07:25 PM
I am definitely going to try these things! Thanks!
    04-17-2009, 11:05 PM
Green Broke
Great advice above. Just remember it takes time. Horses do not were watches , we do and tend to measure so much by minutes ect..... Be consistent and eventually, your horse will seek you out. When it happens it is an incredible feeling and remember, it is an honor. Don't abuse that honor. I've seen so many people "show-off" for friends ect...shame on them.

Enjoy the process. It never really ends.

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