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    02-02-2013, 08:54 PM
Liberty Horsemanship

What are your thoughts on Liberty Horsemanship.

I think it is the best way (well for me) to get a bond and a respectful, trusting friendship with your horse. I am wanting to start doing liberty with Breeze, and I think I have a fairly good start. Breeze already trusts me enough to let me walk up to her when she is laying down, she comes when I call her, and she follows me around. I know there is a lot more to that in Liberty horsemanship, but this is just for a start.

Do any of you do liberty horse training with your horses? What are your thoughts on it? What is a good way to start?
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    02-02-2013, 11:24 PM
I started one horse at liberty and did this for quite some time before putting a halter on him. He'd been haltered many times but I wanted it to be done differently, better.
    02-03-2013, 03:49 PM
I am trying to get a better relationship with Breeze.
    02-03-2013, 04:10 PM
Pull up a chair with a book/magazine and read. You could also toss some hay a few feet away. Reading takes your mind off the horse which it senses and she may come and really check you out. If she gets uncomfortably close just move your chair and read again. When my horses was learning to relax I sat rather low, on a tire. He approached from behind and gave me a good going over with his nose, nuzzling my hair and ear. I started laughing and couldn't help but look at him. And what did he do-blew his nose in my face. Ain't love grand! Doing this is valuable time spent with the horse. Your saying "I'm here" and you are asking nothing in return.
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    02-03-2013, 08:08 PM
Come spring I will be doing that!
    02-04-2013, 01:03 AM

We had the indoor all to ourselves today, so I tried to play with my guy. I admit, he was confused. By play, I invited him to run around the arena with me. I guess no one's ever done that with him. He just stood there. We eventually got some kind of game on, but then, he's used to following me at liberty walk/trot/stand/come/yielding. This invitation was different. I wanted to dance around. He is pretty reserved and probably thought himself above it!
    02-04-2013, 02:52 AM

You say Liberty Horsemanship with capitals as if it's a particular 'brand'. I don't know anything about that, but I do like to develop relationships & train horses at liberty myself. I generally like to teach them at least the basics like this, before doing stuff on lead. I like to ensure they're playing my games because they want to, not because they're given no choice.
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    02-04-2013, 12:24 PM
Thanks, and I only say Liberty Horsemanship with capitals because that is what I am reffering to. Just like when people talk about a movie, or a title of a book... I say Liberty Horsemanship, because it is what I am talking about.
    02-04-2013, 02:57 PM
Breezey, I know you can get some wicked cold. Even if you can manage 5 minutes, just stand beside the horse as tho you are another. Look where he looks, if he paws, you paw. Horses mimic each other. Don't touch him. You are respecting his space. And when you walk away he'll be thinking "ditsy broad".
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    02-05-2013, 01:17 PM
Okay so today I am going to go out there after lunch and bring a laun chair with me and just spend two or more hours just doing school work ( I am doing distance learning)
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