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        05-22-2013, 10:26 AM
    Green Broke
    Henny and I do a bit of stuff "at liberty" but it's never been on purpose. For starters, I can lead him around with just a hand on his opposite cheek. He'll turn, back, walk on, and stand with me doing that. It just happened one day, and he just listened, so I wouldn't be able to advise you how to do that. And a couple times already, out in his paddock, I'll be walking around and he'll start following me. So I play a little "game" where I walk on, stop, back up, and turn. He mimics my movements and is right there at my shoulder going along with me. If he wants to follow, awesome, if he doesn't, I stop and go about my business. It's not much to brag about or anything but it's a small start on my yearling. A connection this good at such a young age will come in handy when it comes time to break him.
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        05-22-2013, 10:31 AM
    I havent met this horse yet, I'm going in three weeks and then will decide whether or not to bring her home yet but hopefully we can have a bond like you and your horse and me and my current horse:)
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        05-22-2013, 10:39 AM
    Green Broke
    It really is great to have such a good connection! I've had him since he was 4 months old and he turned 1 last month. We've been through a lot, good and absolutely horrible, together so far and I really couldn't ask for a better horse. :)
        05-22-2013, 10:42 AM
    Thats great to hear:) hopefully your relationship continues like this. I've read and heard a lot about reading or doing homework outside with your horse. Have you ever done this?? Whats your opinion on it?
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        05-22-2013, 11:01 AM
    Green Broke
    I would definitely recommend that. I did that with my goats when I first got them and turned out to be puppy dogs. With my boys, I'll just go sit out in their paddock either with my camera or my phone. They get really curious and will walk up to you, sniff you, mess with your hair. My boys have a tendency to investigate, walk off, then come back and graze nearby while "keeping an eye" on me.

    If you're working with a non-trusting horse, ignore them if they come up to. This reinforces that a human presence doesn't always mean work or physical contact. If you have a horse like my boys, I pet them all over while I'm sitting there and they eat up the attention. But again, sitting down in the middle of two horses is usually not a good idea. I would advise sitting in a chair. I trust my horses enough to not trample me, and can get them to back with a verbal cue if they're getting too much into my space. So when you're working with a new horse, pull up a chair, find something to keep yourself occupied, and ignore that horse!
        05-22-2013, 11:04 AM
    Will do ! Thanks much! That's how it is with my horse, part of his pasture is on a hill so during the summer ill go tanning out there and hell come up and graze right next to me :) but also knows when he's getting to close or I can just give him a cue to go away lol.
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