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        10-05-2013, 12:24 PM
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    Originally Posted by Doodlesweaver    

    Thanks Doodlesweaver! Thanks sooooo much! I read it all in one sitting and went around her web page I found this as well:
    Confidence Blog by Effective Horsemanship | "Confidence for Horse And Human"
    So help full about the different stages! I know I'm in the depression one...

    I haven't been spending that much time with him ever since he behaved like that with me (previous post)...and I'm angry at myself, I feel like I'm failing...what she said was both sobering and encouraging at the same time...and it hit me right between the eyes.
    So thanks so much for that link...its what I really really needed to hear...I'll be with him out in the pasture.

    ~Ivanna~
         
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        10-05-2013, 12:29 PM
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    Originally Posted by jimmyp    
    This is a tough thing to learn. Even now when one of mine comes running across the pasture at me I can feel myself getting happy feet..... its not natural to stand while a 1000lb critter comes at you.

    Another thing you can do to get used to them coming and checking you out is sit on a stool and hold a bucket and let them eat out of your lap. Usually I will do this to get a new horse used to me, but I imagine it will work to help you also. Just let them eat, whether it takes them 15mins or 2hrs just sit and talk to them, and touch them, I find it relaxes me a little to just sit with them on occasion.

    As far as Studs being more aware..... I duno, ours is just a goofball and kind of an in your pocket puppy dog type, and the ones I have been around that were well socialized and trained were the same way. I have never really been around a rogue stud horse.

    Jim
    Thanks a bunch Jim!
    I've been thinking if I should start out with a calm and obedient horse first...just to build my confidence level...I've heard some people recommend that...
         

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