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        06-15-2009, 03:13 PM
      #11
    Liv
    Foal
    I have nine, and I spend as much time as possible with them.

    Going on walks is great, I mostly walk with my younger horses as the old guys (21+) don't really have any interest in it. I do a lot of bareback, hopping on and going a quarter of a mile, then walking for a while. Most of mine will walk halterless with a lead around their neck (loosely, just a large loop that hangs near their withers) but it took us a long time to build up to that. Grooming is great, but so is doing nothing. That's something I'm slowly trying to get better at with my guys, and that the older ones have been good enough to teach me. The simple and difficult art of doing nothing.

    Best of luck!
         
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        06-15-2009, 06:54 PM
      #12
    Yearling
    Thanks! Im going to try some of this! :)
         
        06-16-2009, 09:22 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Hey all..
    I am new to the forum.
    My horse is new to the barn where I borad and I too have the Snoot issue going on I try my very best to not go there bbut being my horse has his head on backwards right now and some foot problems...I go there when it rains and sit in the corner of his shelter....Sometimes give a treat mixed in a buckuct and sit there and listen to the thunder...He likes to nuzzle and play.

    In his old place at my parents ranch when I would go and visit I would go out and turn his rubber feeder over and just sit out there and hang out...He likes to give hugs with his head.

    At the moment this is not what he is like but I am hoping he will settle in and come back to his normal self...
    Miss his hugs....
    I give him hugs tho and just love on him...
    Fun
    HP
         
        06-16-2009, 09:24 PM
      #14
    Yearling
    I'm a horse massage therapist so my horses get a little spoiled LOL
         
        06-23-2009, 06:59 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Hi
    I just wanted to comment on the problem of having judgmental people on your yards. I got into the CA method bout 4 months ago and I love it. However when I 1st started I was so nervous when people were watching me that I usually ended my play time with my horse early. So I started going down when I knew no-one would be there and after 2 weeks when me and my horse got better at the games I went up 1 saturday afternoon and loads of people were there but I just thought what the heck so I went in the school and loads of people kept watching me doing my lunging for respect exercises and my backing/yielding etc and I was doing it without a whip or any force.
    When I came out one of the other girls asked me if I would do it with her horse which I did. I now work with 5 horses on my yard and have turned them all clinton crazy.
    I guess what i'm attepting to say is if what you are doing is for yours and your horses benefit then find a way to do it. You might get a few comments at 1st but give it a couple of weeks and they will all be asking you how you do it!!
    Xx
         
        06-24-2009, 01:06 PM
      #16
    Yearling
    Kate-
    That is so great! :) I am working on just ignoring the comments and enjoying my horse and having fun! Thanks for the advice everyone!
         
        06-26-2009, 05:55 PM
      #17
    Yearling
    Thanks Kate...
    I am so working on the snoty commetns thing myself.
    At this pint it still bothers me when the people in a way treat me with the :your an idiot" type stuff. But since there are others who do see what I am doing and how my horse is improving I ty to forget about it and remember that my main focus with my horse is to get him to be comfortable around me and my tools so that later when I go to ride him we will already be team.
    I do not think there are any CA fans at this barn either, but at this point it makes no difference.
    I love to go out there and spen the time with my guy just grooming and grazing and I think soon we will do a bath since it is for sure warm enough!
    Horses love to be loved upon! They like us to do ore then just work them and put them away....
    I think my horses favorite time when we are together is the time we spen at the end of work or just the time we spen to do nothing...
    He likes to just have me around!
    That is such a good feeling.
    The horse shoer whom I had e-mailed back and forth with for a couple weeks before his finally squeezing me in, stated that fro mmy e-mails it seemed I had done a lot of work to help with the horses attitude and demeaner. He told me nice job and to continue on. Another gal at the barn ( the daughter of one of the owners mentioned that she could se how dedicated I was to helping my horse settle in.
    So the snooty people ar out weighted by the ones who really see what is going on.
    Tiny loves to just set his big head on my shoulder and give me the big squeeze hug. It really makes me feel good that he is finally coming around and feeling more like we did when he was at my parents place...
    I have to say thanks to all who have help to support me through the transitions...
    Half Pass
         
        06-28-2009, 08:24 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    I love taking paul out just to graze in different areas of the farm. I'll take a book and read while he eats. Other times, like someone mentioned, just grooming and talking to him. They have an indoor arena so i'll let him go in there and just walk with him and pet him along his body when he walks past me. It's a great bonding experience for both of us. It's always nice and quiet out there.
         
        06-28-2009, 09:39 AM
      #19
    roz
    Foal
    Hi im new iv had horses since I was 5 and love them my friend showed me this site I own a haflinger and a welsh section a welsh section a my horses are the same they love to eat and she thoaghtfully wipe some on me occasionaly or they followe me around the yard they love me to braid their hair to but my fingers hurt after a while but there is only 4 hores on my yard and 2 are myne it is just up the road so very easy to get to
         
        07-09-2009, 10:14 PM
      #20
    Banned
    I get a good book, a lawn chair, the dog , one cat and take my horse out on some choice grass, tie a cuff to his hind leg, a long rope tied to the cuff, set the chair on the end of the rope, sit in said chair and let the horse graze for an hour, the cat curls on my lap, the dog lays at my feet and I read my book. This is a regular routine. Relaxing for all involved
         

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