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post #61 of 62 Old 11-13-2013, 02:22 PM
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Hi, I haven't read all the replies you have gotten but I did read your description of the situation. I think your partner may have the best solution in finding this horse a more suitable home. From your description it appears the horse needs someone with enough experience and confidence to handle it, and you need a horse with enough experience and confidence to help you learn. There's a saying that goes, "green on green make black and blue." It refers to the idea that an inexperienced owner should start out with a horse of the same level of experience and grow together much like when we buy our kids a puppy and they grow up together. Nothing could be farther from the truth when it comes to horses. The less experience you have the more experience the horse needs to have to help you. You also need at least some one on one guidance from experienced horse people. Have you considered the possibility of finding someone who might have a more experienced horse they've outgrown and looking for something a bit more challenging. If you could arrange a trade that would be ideal. Wish you the best in whatever choice you make.
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post #62 of 62 Old 11-13-2013, 05:59 PM
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I think if the horse is looking for you to visit, I would go over and visit just for a minute then go away again. You want him to associate you with reward as well as control. Its ok to call him, but if he doesn't come when you call then you're in a bad situation because you don't have enough basics with him to "make" him come to you.

I would continue to work towards being able to be close to him. That means getting in the paddock with him and eventually being able to pet him all over. However, that can get sticky because you also at that point need to be able to recognize behavior/movements that indiciate disrespect and immediately deal with it. That's where you need someone to help you out. :(

Maybe instead, you could start standing beside him and scratching him, but with things in your hands: halter, lead rope, bridle, blanket, pail, whatever -- so he learns that whatever you have is OK because YOU have it. The first while, he might not like it - especially if he recognizes the halter and lead and associates those with bad things. If that happens, then carry the things with you when you bring out the hay.
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