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post #11 of 19 Old 11-12-2013, 11:03 AM
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Beautiful horse. I just want to say Southern France! I am so jealous! I bet you could have some really beautiful trail rides! Congratulations on your new gelding :)
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post #12 of 19 Old 11-14-2013, 02:32 PM Thread Starter
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Beautiful horse. I just want to say Southern France! I am so jealous! I bet you could have some really beautiful trail rides! Congratulations on your new gelding :)
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I can't wait to go on my first one! :)
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post #13 of 19 Old 11-14-2013, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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He is beautiful - congratulations!

To throw my own "ditto" in the hat - ground work, lots of time simply with him, but be careful not to let him start to invade your space as he bonds to you. What often seems cuddly or cute to a new horse owner can rapidly turn into a problem and safety hazard as time goes on, plus horses interpret the ability to invade your space as them having control of you and the present situation, so best not to let that problem develop at all.

He may bond to you more quickly than you think.... there is a difference between a trainer and a "permanent" human owner, and they pick up on that. Be aware that his behavior may change as he starts to trust you, and as he ages - he may become more strong-willed, or more or less compliant. Pay attention to the changes and adjust your training routine accordingly.

Also, spend time getting to know his hooves and the tendons in his legs like the back of your hand - you're the owner now, so his physical health is up to you, too.

Congratulations! You are going to have an amazing adventure :)
That whole invading my space thing happened yesterday. What a pain in the [bleep] that was. Groundwork started today. :)
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post #14 of 19 Old 11-14-2013, 04:52 PM
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Welcome to the forum! :) I'm basically going to agree with everything everyone saying do lots of groundwork! I have made the mistake of getting away from working on the ground with my guy and only riding, but a good relationship consists of a balance of work and fun. The fact that you're willing to come onto here to ask questions and do research about everything shows us that you're going to be a pretty good owner :) Good luck with him! He's a pretty boy and congrats!!
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post #15 of 19 Old 11-18-2013, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Welcome to the forum! :) I'm basically going to agree with everything everyone saying do lots of groundwork! I have made the mistake of getting away from working on the ground with my guy and only riding, but a good relationship consists of a balance of work and fun. The fact that you're willing to come onto here to ask questions and do research about everything shows us that you're going to be a pretty good owner :) Good luck with him! He's a pretty boy and congrats!!
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post #16 of 19 Old 11-18-2013, 06:10 PM
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Congratulations! He's a beautiful boy!! Many have already mentioned a good point, and I agree wholeheartedly to simply spend time with him in simplistic ways that will absolutely create a bond..... brush him daily/take him for walks (I do this often with my mares!) around the stable yard, down the road/ hang out with him on rainy days in his barn for a while... I love this quiet time with my horses- just standing with them stroking their mane, feeling them nuzzle my arm as we listen to the rain or watch a blizzard swirl around. Just a few examples of things one can do with their horse (on a regular basis!) when not doing serious groundwork or riding. Enjoy him, as I know you will! :)
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post #17 of 19 Old 11-18-2013, 11:44 PM
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Very beautiful boy you have. Just spending time with him taking walks, talking to him can be fun and sometimes entertaining for your neighbors. I know mine use to look at me funny when I'm walking along talking to my horse. Every time I take him for a walk, I take him a little farther away from his home. It helps him with being buddy sour and not being so dependent on being around other horses. Just get him use to you being his leader and feeling safe being with you.

Enjoy your horse!!
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post #18 of 19 Old 12-25-2013, 05:52 PM
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Make sure to bond with him every chance you get. 😄 Make sure that when you go, you don't just ride. Make sure you have time to bond with him and get to know each other more. Hope I helped!

💃Lacey Jamieson 10/13/13💃
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post #19 of 19 Old 12-25-2013, 06:51 PM Thread Starter
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I just want everyone to know that I followed the advice on this thread and it worked like a charm. Problem is, his vet check came back with navicular syndrome, so I had to give him back. It was a VERY sad day, since the bonding had worked so well.

Next time, I will do the vet check first. Lesson learned the hard way.
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