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        02-06-2013, 05:32 PM
      #21
    Green Broke
    Saddlebag, that's how I taught Luck to ground tie. Halter/lead was on, but never really used unless she moved.
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        02-07-2013, 08:15 AM
      #22
    Showing
    It is most effective if the horse is at liberty (no halter or rope around the neck) in a large paddock. A horse wearing a halter creates a false connection. I found it funny that altho I was working with one particular horse, the other joined us, standing beside the first, and followed my direction. It mean I had to circle both of them so I wound up training two at the same time instead of one. This was not planned, it just happened. My most commonly used treat is a broken alfalfa cube or a small handful of pellets.
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        02-07-2013, 08:55 PM
      #23
    Trained
    ^^Yeah, gets a bit confusing sometimes. Re teaching to stay, I taught 3 paddock mates once & they all soon got it that they had to stand in their respective places & wait for me to come to them for reinforcement! But yes, I generally take one out to train, otherwise they're all saying 'look at me! I'm doing it too!'
         
        02-07-2013, 09:26 PM
      #24
    Showing
    I had to buy a steel round pen, not to work the one horse in but to keep the other one out. He was too hard on the wooden fencing trying to join us. It's not that he's so stuck on the other horse, he likes being with people and thinks he's missing out on something.
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        02-08-2013, 12:02 AM
      #25
    Yearling
    That is the complete opposite with the other horses in Breeze pen! I can work with Breeze anywhere because she is not herd bound, and loves people more then other horses, but one of the other horses stays at the hay all the time, and even though the other gets curios, he is a terror to be caught! You need 2 people to catch him and as soon as you take off the halter, he is gone! I am thankful Breeze comes, and practically catches herself!
         
        02-08-2013, 01:45 AM
      #26
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by loosie    
    ^^Yeah, gets a bit confusing sometimes. Re teaching to stay, I taught 3 paddock mates once & they all soon got it that they had to stand in their respective places & wait for me to come to them for reinforcement! But yes, I generally take one out to train, otherwise they're all saying 'look at me! I'm doing it too!'
    Haha, this reminds me of my mare. When I go to catch a horse other than her she circles around me and follows me, waiting for me to catch her, and eventually figures out that I'm not there for her. Cue mare glare. When I have another horse in the round pen she will stand there on the outside and watch, too. Silly girl.
         
        02-11-2013, 02:39 PM
      #27
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by JaphyJaphy    
    Haha, this reminds me of my mare. When I go to catch a horse other than her she circles around me and follows me, waiting for me to catch her, and eventually figures out that I'm not there for her. Cue mare glare. When I have another horse in the round pen she will stand there on the outside and watch, too. Silly girl.
    My mare does the EXACT same thing lol
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        02-11-2013, 02:57 PM
      #28
    Trained
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    You say Liberty Horsemanship with capitals as if it's a particular 'brand'.
    I have an late 1980's video on loose lunging and it was called, "Liberty Training."
         
        02-11-2013, 04:17 PM
      #29
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by Breezy2011    
    You need 2 people to catch him and as soon as you take off the halter, he is gone!
    No you don't. It's just that the poor boy has learned that coming to people or allowing himself to be caught is Terrible and having people trap him will have only reinforced that belief
         
        02-11-2013, 07:41 PM
      #30
    Yearling
    Its the only way to catch him... He is not my horse, but I have worked with him, and ridden him. All his life, right from go, he has been hard to catch, he is 7 years old, and since he was a yearling, or even younger, he did not like to be caught. He rears just for fun (with somebody or by himself, or with other horses) bolts, and is really stubborn, but he has been getting better, and was a good riding horse for a long time before he was left for a few years.

    It is not that he doesn't like being caught, or that we trap him, it is just because he doesn't want the halter on. He will let you walk up to him with no ropes, no halter.

    He is a great horse, he just needs work.
         

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