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        07-01-2013, 05:38 PM
      #31
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    I'm not into the whole "natural horsemanship" thing, but almost every afternoon I go out and sit with my horses, mostly cause I have nothing better to do. They all come up, beg for some attention, and move on.

    When I was working with untouched horses, I would get them into a pen with a stock waterer and a cement pad built up to the waterer and sit on the cement. Normally, the horse would stand as far away from me as possible and stretch their necks as far as possible to get a drink. I would also have a pile of hay sitting by my feet. And I'd just sit there for the afternoon, and talk to them, make noise, walk around, just do stuff around them. It helped in getting them less afraid of you.

    I still wouldnt call it natural horsemanship.
         
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        07-01-2013, 09:30 PM
      #32
    Weanling
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    AWESOME picture.
         
        07-01-2013, 11:43 PM
      #33
    Weanling
    While spending time with your horses regardless of sitting, standing,
    Cutting a tree with your chain saw, or dragging your field, make
    Observations about your horses and keep a mental note.

    While your horse drinks which way does it's ears move?

    Which side does it prefer to lay on while sleeping?

    If you are having fun all is good. Sometimes we don't watch our horses enough.

    I think detailed observation could be part of our training and learning.
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        07-02-2013, 12:15 AM
      #34
    Showing
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    Originally Posted by Maryland Rider    

    If you are having fun all is good. Sometimes we don't watch our horses enough.

    I think detailed observation could be part of our training and learning.
    Or even part of their health. If they are doing something not in their character, it could be an indication of something serious.
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        07-02-2013, 10:04 AM
      #35
    Green Broke
    "What do y'all think?" As I feel you don't really want an honest answer to that question I will pass on my opinion but I do wonder about something.
    Why is it when we see pictures of horses following someone it seems to be in a dirt area with nothing else for the horse to do? Would that same horse follow along if it were in a grass pasture with it's buddies?
         
        07-02-2013, 10:18 AM
      #36
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by natisha    
    "What do y'all think?" As I feel you don't really want an honest answer to that question I will pass on my opinion but I do wonder about something.
    Why is it when we see pictures of horses following someone it seems to be in a dirt area with nothing else for the horse to do? Would that same horse follow along if it were in a grass pasture with it's buddies?
    Mine do. Even the 'untouched by humans until he got gelded a month ago' pony will do that.
         
        07-02-2013, 10:40 AM
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    Originally Posted by natisha    
    "What do y'all think?" As I feel you don't really want an honest answer to that question I will pass on my opinion but I do wonder about something.
    Why is it when we see pictures of horses following someone it seems to be in a dirt area with nothing else for the horse to do? Would that same horse follow along if it were in a grass pasture with it's buddies?

    If your comment is of the photo at the bottom of my post the horse is Bugs and yes he will follow when in the field with his buddy. He will also stop eating if I walk past and follow me. Mouth full of hay as well.

    When repairing fences he will stick his nose in to see whats happening. He also is being trained to answer to the whistle. No training includes food as a reward the horse has to do it because I ask it of him. All of my horses answer to the whistle it comes in handy when 300 yards away.

    Here he is checking out some fencing I was doing, he got in the way so much I had to move out of reach. The other horse is the boss but when I am around he will not take any notice of her. Stella is so protective of him she tries to herd him away.
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    I have also found because he will follow me he is easer to get to trailer load and if confused or unsure he will follow my lead and trust me. I think the term given to the behavour in the states is hooking on.
         
        07-02-2013, 12:47 PM
      #38
    Green Broke
    ^ Stan, thanks for your answer but no, I hadn't noticed the loose horse detail in your picture. It's nice your horse will do that. I'm sure mine would not.
         
        07-02-2013, 08:12 PM
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    Originally Posted by natisha    
    ^ Stan, thanks for your answer but no, I hadn't noticed the loose horse detail in your picture. It's nice your horse will do that. I'm sure mine would not.

    We have our horses at home and from what I read most posting seem to have them in barns and only see them a couple of times a week where I interact in one form or another daily. Perhaps that is some of the difference that enables myself and others I know who have their horses at home to get that cooperation from the horse. And of course there are times like any animal he will decide to ignore me, but that is not often.
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    The two white horses swiming together were in the trek where 100+ horses set out and the swimming hole was the finish point. The horses in question swam with there owners and by them selves and when they were called followed there owners back to camp 200 yards away, and that was amoungst all of the others taking a swim. There was even a minuture horse that wanderd around the camp having a look at every thing until whisled then it went to its owner. Not all horses are like that but that is where I am aiming with the training with Bugs. He is the one following me in the photo below.
         
        07-02-2013, 09:10 PM
      #40
    Weanling
    Just gone done with that. (: There is something very calming and therapeutic about just being with horses. As well as bonding, I know that without spending so much time just sitting, petting/grooming and talking to my pony we would not have such a good bond and we probably would bump heads a lot more.
    So another vote for go for it, I don't understand why anyone would think you shouldn't..
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