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Annanoel 01-20-2012 04:58 PM

Just got my Dream Mare. <3
Just adopted my dream Percheron mare from an older gentleman who is retiring to Florida, she is beautiful! I named her Arabelle, "Belle" for short with means answered prayer and I think she is definitely an answered prayer.

Was also wondering, do any of you with drafts out there know any good groundwork exercises particular to them, especially some personal space exercises?


Skyseternalangel 01-20-2012 05:02 PM

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Beautiful! Congratulations! I have a 17hh Paint Dutchie (not quite a draft) and I find that the "sending" exercise is VERY helpful for making them get out of your space. Also making sure they yield to pressure well both on lead and loose.

Don't give them an inch or they'll be cuddling with you and being pushy before you know it!

MHFoundation Quarters 01-20-2012 05:10 PM

I don't own any drafts, but congrats! She's a cutie!

Annanoel 01-20-2012 05:14 PM

Thank you! I'm just in love with her, and my other guy Charlie a Quarter/Arab mix. My perfect little family.

The sending involves giving to pressure on the halter behind the ears I believe? That's what I've been working on with her as well as yielding. She knows it all, but she was just a pasture pet for the last four years. I'm surprised how fast she's picking it all back up.

Another question for everyone! What's the best way to have her lower her head to be able to get her halter/bridle on or off?

Country Woman 01-20-2012 05:23 PM

very beautiful horse I love her name Belle
good luck with her

SMCLeenie 01-20-2012 05:25 PM

I love Percherons! She's adorable

kayleeloveslaneandlana 01-20-2012 05:26 PM

She's beautiful! Congrats!

Skyseternalangel 01-20-2012 05:38 PM

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Originally Posted by Annanoel (Post 1318116)
The sending involves giving to pressure on the halter behind the ears I believe? ?

Not quite.. sending is where you show your horse where to go through body language and they know to move away from you (respectfully of course.) It's the beginning to lunging a horse correctly I suppose.

is a video of it being done.

It can help with trailer loading, getting through tight spaces, anything. It's a good respect exercise as well


For bridling.. just teaching them to lower their heads with a rope halter. Apply pressure on the poll and nose until the horse relaxes and goes down then you ease up on the pressure. Does that make sense?

draftgrl 01-20-2012 05:57 PM

Verrry pretty! Congrats!

for haltering/brideling, I've just tossed my lead rope over their neck and applied pressure right behind their ears (I'm short cant reach sometimes lol) when they even give an inch release the pressure and praise. Repeate until all you need to do is use a finger or two in the same place.

Good luck! What are your plans for her?

Annanoel 01-20-2012 05:58 PM

Yeah, the video helps a lot. The only reason I though it had to do with halter pressure was something I read from Clint Anderson a while ago, don't remember where I saw that. She's really responsive though, I think she just needs refreshed on a lot. Belle has had two years training with the Amish before she sat for four years. I think she's just shy and scared wondering why she's now getting so much attention. She's loving it though. Also, getting along great with the guys.

That does make sense with lowering her head, have been working with that with a halter on and she's been doing great.

DraftGrl: Looking to have her make a nice trail horse, she loves being out on the trails. She's going to be more of a pleasure riding horse for me, my arab is my main speed horse. He loves to run. Belle has some of the smoothest gaits I've seen on a draft.

Thank you all for the suggestions!

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