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        03-18-2014, 01:47 PM
    Well, everyone else is right you did reach the goal of having her follow you but that is not all hooking on or aka joining up is all about its about the bond between you and the horse and getting the horse to trust you. You want to free lounge her, (its easiest in a round pen but not necessary) let her trot or canter but don't let her stop or walk. Change directions every couple of laps but in different spots at different times so she does not predict when and where you are going to turn her, if she turns away from you so her hindquarters is towards turn her back around and do it again so she turns into you (hope that makes since), keep doing this until she calms down and lowers her head and/or licks her lips, once she does this act like you are going to turn her but instead have her stop facing you. Turn away from her (but watch her out of the corner of your eye) and cock one of your legs so your not intimidating. She should walk up to you and let her touch you first. Then you can rub her for a second but then walk away and she should follow you, if at any point of this last section she backs away from you more then 3 steps or she turns away, send her back out and repeat this whole thing, remember it takes patience and if you act like you are in a hurry it will take you all day if you act like you have all day it will take you less time! Hope this helps, it is kind of hard to put into words for me...
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        03-18-2014, 09:19 PM
    I find it funny that some think of lunging in a roundpen as free lunging. That some seem to think of basic negative reinforcement training as creating a 'bond'...

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