thank you for your tips. Today I walked her a few yards with out me holding her in any way, she just followed me her head next to me all the time tho, I know a few yards is nothing but its a start.
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Different countries and different takes on how to get the horse to behave.
I have two horses at present and they are as different as chalk and cheese. Trust issues. I don't agree with foxhunter in her reply. A horse that has been shifted from piller to post with several owners over a very short period of time has to have developed some behavour traits. And that can show as being hard to control.
Try deciding if you like the horse, then if you are going to spend the time required to gain its confidence. Start small Try leading the horse with its head not infront of yours and walking an arms length out to the side. Stop and start making sure it learns to stay in the position described. Turn to the left and to the right and make it walk with you. If its on your right side, turn to the right, and walk straight at its head and make it move away but stay with you. Do this on both sides. What I have tried to describe is an exercise I do to get the horse paying attention. And to follow my instructions.
Now for the horse following you, if it does that without prompting an't that the greatest feeling. :) My horse Bugs gets involved when I am working on the fences so much I have to remind him to stand at arms length from me. That is for safety reasons. Mine. But he sticks his nose right up to what I am working on and has a sniff. I let him do that then inforce the arms length rule.
If the horse choses to follow in a relaxed way and is not encouraged by food in your hand or pocket then it is chosing to be with you. Take advantage of that by being kind and including it and prase it by a scratch on the cheek.
When Bugs follows me I have a conversation with him. I include him, I make the experience of being with me pleasant. But he is not a dog and it is a mistake to treat them in that manner.
Don't get yourself in a dangerous position always think the horse needs to escape if threatened. So, don't have the horse next to a fence, Bush, or what ever and you blocking his escape, because he will run over you.
The photo is Bugs getting invloved with some fencing repairs after he has completed his inspection close up he is now content to look. The other horse is Stella she holds back. Bugs though less experienced will be the better riding horse as he is braver, more relaxed, and less likely to spook.
So get out there and spend time if you like the horse. If you don't like it, move it on because it knows how you feel. It can see your feelings a hundred yards away. Good luck. 002.jpg