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post #1 of 6 Old 06-01-2011, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
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Thumbs up Join up: I'm in awe!

Ok, so one of my las post was about having lost some of my confidence and much of my respect with my mare Yapa. Following some of your suggestions, I did some research on Monty Roberts and Join Up. I'm in awe, simply out of words... I have to admit that when I saw him doing this on a video I thought to myself that maybe that horse had been trained to give some of those responses or that you had to be a lot more experienced to achieve them. I did my first join up session today with Yapa. It was text book. I got all the four gestures, the follow up, everything was perfect!!! I can't believe it. And she was a different horse altogether after that! I even cleaned her hooves and she lifted her legs for me on cue!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you believe this coming from a horse that was pinning her ears at me and refusing to budge in almost any direction???? My having been a dog trainer for some years now and using my language to communicate with dogs may have helped, but still, I am green when it comes to a horse. I am so happy she did so well!!!!! Now, when should I have another session? Any ideas? Thanks!!!!
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-01-2011, 09:25 PM
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next time video yourself, no?
Sound nice. And that you achieved such dramatic results. Amazing.

I think you don't want to overdo it. Coast along for a bit and see if you need a refresher. Doing it endlessly will make the horse become tuned out and just going through the motions.
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post #3 of 6 Old 06-01-2011, 09:26 PM
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I love Monty Roberts. I did join up with Hunter when I first got him. Don't have a round pen anymore so haven't been able to do one in almost 2 years but as long as they are listening to you, you dont need to do it again. Do some ground work and if she doesnt listen go back to the round pen. Read Monty's book "From my hand to yours" it has a lot of great information. Good Luck
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-03-2011, 01:11 PM
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I want to thank you for directing me to Monty Roberts. I joined the online University and just ordered the Dually. I figure I can use it as a bitless bridle so I feel it was money well spent.

Hugo needs A LOT of work and I didn't know where to start. I think I found a starting point.

Thanks again.

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-03-2011, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Coffeegod. It is a great way to start, IMO. It has really helped me with Yapa and I have done it with two other horses, to practise. Today I had a session with a really spooky one, I simply couldn't believe he was following me around like that! Please keep me posted about your experience with Hugo! Good luck!
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-04-2011, 04:32 PM
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The Dually has shipped so I anticipate beginning some time in the upcoming week. I will keep you posted.

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