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    07-08-2013, 07:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Stan    
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.
Mine are at home too. They will free lunge if there is nothing else for them to do & they will follow me to a gate to go out to pasture but that's it. They will come up from pasture when called & I'm happy with that.
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    07-08-2013, 10:03 PM
Mine got out the other day and were enjoying grass up to there chests which I didn't think was a good idea. I called and headed back to open the gate and they came running. (sigh of relief). They just never know if I'll be bearing goodies.
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    07-10-2013, 01:24 PM
Do whatever you think the horse needs.
We've had people watch our lessons and give us dirty looks because what we were doing wasn't their method. But they weren't the ones paying us, much less wanting to learn from us. I have gotten upset at people doing that (although I didn't say anything to them), but that's because I allowed the negativity to get to me because I still cared too much about what others thought, and I'm still learning to block that out.
And the only difference I see between a wild horse and one with people issues, is that the one with people issues has previously been around people. One story that I like is one of Monty Roberts. He was out in wild horse country. He came across a wild stallion and rode it home at the end of the day. He had used nothing but patience, and reading the horse to know what to do and what not to do.
Personally, from the sounds of it, just sitting with this horse in a corral sounds like just what he needs :)
    07-10-2013, 01:25 PM
While looking up Monty Roberts a moment ago I came across a video about taming wild horses..... I'm not sure what it'll show, but hopefully it helps you :)
Whispering The Wild - Taming The Untouched Horse on Vimeo
    07-10-2013, 02:22 PM
I spend way more time hanging out with my horses than I do riding them.

I go out in the field about three times a day to check water, groom, pick, check for injuries, and just a general handling. I don't feed on a regular basis nor give treats, they have plenty of pasture/hay/minerals that keep them healthy and shiny. So I know when one or normally all comes to visit every single time I go out there it's because they want to and not for food.

I can catch and halter all three without having to walk them down, and they certainly didn't come that way! I can safely feed them in the winter without them bowling me over or worrying about getting kicked CAUSE I'M THE BOSS and they know it!

Rick was a mess with his feet but now with all the time I've handled his feet loose in the field he will gladly take a nap while the farrier does his trims.
Just yesterday Rick could have very easily trampled me when I got knocked down at the gate, but instead he stood his ground while the other (much larger horse) knocked him over too and took off like a lunatic.

He didn't get that way with hours of lounging and training, just a few times a day of just being with him (and me asserting myself daily as herd boss out in the field) kept me safe.

So when I see posts about not being able to catch an ornery horse, or one that won't tolerate having it's feet messed with, etc, I wish they would just spend more informal time with them out in the field.

YES, I totally agree that most of this type of behavior is attained in formal training, but daily informal interaction is just as important!

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