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post #11 of 29 Old 11-03-2012, 09:45 AM
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The horse knowing the way home can be a good thing if you get lost.

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post #12 of 29 Old 11-03-2012, 10:11 AM
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The horse knowing the way home can be a good thing if you get lost.
Yes and no. My dad had a mare who always knew where the trailer was. Turn her loose and she would head there in a straight line and didn't much care what was between her and the trailer. Cliffs, mountains, rivers and ravines were no obstacle in her mind. Sometimes that trail was put there for a reason.
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I am envisioning some poor guy riding a horse over the side of a cliff..........

My horse only wants to go home within reason. She is not willing to get her feet wet or step on a yucky surface if she doesn't have to.

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post #14 of 29 Old 11-03-2012, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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I wish I had the sense of direction that horses have! Sometimes I swear I could get lost in a hall without doors.
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Your horse won't learn after working him just the once. It should be done three days in a row to solidify it in his mind. Put his halter on under his bridle and take a lead rope. When you have ridden about as far as you want, dismount, unbridle him and let him graze for a while. That will appease his belly and act as a reward for coming out this far. Let him enjoy the ride in a way that works for him.
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It seems to me, even if you take your horse an a trail that they have never been on before, they seem to know where the trailer is. Even on a long trail, they suddenly get more energy when you make that turn that goes back in the direction of the trailer, even if you are several miles away from it. I might have no idea where the trailer is exactly, but they do.
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I am well aware that one ride won't cure anything and I am happy to have a challenge to work with him on, actually. I was just a little shocked how very different he was from when we had trailered places.

It certainly doesn't help that during yesterdays ride we could hear his buddy calling for a good portion of the ride (we live on the top of a canyon, and ride down into the canyon onto BLM, so it's very echo-y).
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My mare thinks the trailer is going to eat her!!!
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It seems to me, even if you take your horse an a trail that they have never been on before, they seem to know where the trailer is. Even on a long trail, they suddenly get more energy when you make that turn that goes back in the direction of the trailer, even if you are several miles away from it. I might have no idea where the trailer is exactly, but they do.

Agreed. We got beyond lost at a new place, and my guy trailblazed us a straight line to the trailer once we decided to trust him to find it. Too bad about all the pricker bushes between us and the trailer. Horses are better than homeing pigeons that way.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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It's not that they don't know where the trailer is. They absolutely know where it is. It that their buddies are not at the trailer. They don't have their herd mates calling them. I can definitely feel the difference between riding near their corral and riding away from the trailer.
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