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  • Dominant bucking in ish

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    08-12-2009, 08:05 PM
Ah yep, nice description of the follow up :)
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    08-13-2009, 06:21 PM
I join up with all new-ish horses I don't know that act dominant towards me or another person. Its like majic, I was working with this mare and she was being very piggish: bucking, kicking, pinning her ears, etc. after a lot of fighting I lost my temper and untacked her and took out the saddlebreds' whip (very scary whip) and made her gallop for about ten minutes straight. At first she was like "Hell YEAH!" > and took off for about five laps. Then she started getting tired and tried to trot. I made her gallop even faster. After a few more laps, still at the gallop, she licked her lips. I let her whoa, she dropped her head and walked up to me with her nose touching the ground. She let me pick up all four hooves, disengage her front and back ends, and lead her without touching her! I even lounged her without a line! (as in she was circling me, not lapping the arena) it was like she was a different mare.

The funny thing about Joining up is this:
There were two other people in the arena with me doing the same thing I was to her, but she chose to join up with me. She still was being piggish about everything with them, but with me she was very submissive. So, joining up helps YOU become dominant with the horse, but not other people.
    08-13-2009, 06:25 PM
Originally Posted by brookelovesparelli    
oh ok this sounds really good. Do you think it's to late to do it with my lil boy, buddy? I've had him since April. What do you think?
Nope not too late. But if he's already sumbissive, you may not need to do it. I do it with horses that are in training everytime before I ride until they start behaving extremely sumbmissant, then I don't join up, I just get on and ride.
    08-28-2009, 12:09 PM
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I fully support join-up. It may not work the first time, it took a couple of time for me and Hunter but wow what a difference in him. I also recommend Monty's book "from my hands to yours". Go to his website. There are free videos showing him doing join-up. I found that a lot more helpful than reading it in a book. There are other really good training videos there too.
    09-03-2009, 11:06 AM
I do this with my pacer I didnt really need to as he follows me around and stops next to me and has good manners but I wanted to see how he would react and it workd great with him he submitts with in minuts bless him... all tho he has stopped coming in from the field when I call him, not all the time just that before I did join up he would come over even with out me calling him its very good tho I love to do this with him and am looking up new natural horsemanship things to try with him x x

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