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post #11 of 28 Old 10-10-2016, 07:24 PM Thread Starter
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My 4 y/o TWH mare is going to the trainer this weekend. She'll be there for a couple of weeks getting some time under saddle and working on her steering and brakes. Maybe I'll take that opportunity to work with him (my mare is his best buddy). Force him to accept me since his friend isn't around. Thanks for all the advice it all makes sense.
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post #12 of 28 Old 10-10-2016, 08:03 PM
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Avna took the words right out of my head and said it better than I could, and gottatrot posts the sequel. If you follow their advice for five consecutive days I think you will have a different horse. If your pasture is so big it's hard to keep the horse moving, try holding up a big sign or some other frightening thing to keep the pressure on until he'll let you approach.
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post #13 of 28 Old 10-10-2016, 09:22 PM
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My horses all come to call and I think it's mostly because they never get caught and brought in to work - they always have a small feed in their mangers waiting for them and some hay and get left to eat it in peace. They all get groomed and then worked so never associate being caught with just that. I also think that a smart horse can find too much repetive groundwork boring and a bored intelligent horse soon becomes a creative horse

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post #14 of 28 Old 10-10-2016, 10:07 PM
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I had a horse that I just could not catch. What I did was. Put him in a corral and stood in the center. I had a lead rope which I started to swing and I walked towards him. What I wanted was for him to run away from me until I released the pressure and backed off. Once he would stop running I'd walk towards him if he took off running again I'd apply the pressure. We did this for awhile until he finally let me up to him. He no longer ran after that. Sure, He tried it again every once in awhile, but it was way better.

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post #15 of 28 Old 10-11-2016, 04:21 PM
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Have to agree with keeping him moving. This is a TOTAL game. Now, if you have a big pasture, you will be exhausted. I have had to do this a couple of times, but that is it in 6 years of owning the current horse....who is particularly creative at "testing"....just by chance-part TWH.
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post #16 of 28 Old 10-11-2016, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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We have a series of connected pastures that we can gate off so hopefully it won't be too bad. Will probably start in the round pen just to get him started though lol.
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post #17 of 28 Old 10-11-2016, 11:39 PM
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I have one horse that used to come to me no matter what. Now that he's older, if he sees the trailer hooked up, he runs away. I hotfoot it after him, when I get closer and he sees I am fuming, he reluctantly stands til I get him, I give him treats, the little escape lasts about 5 minutes, sometimes less, depends how quickly I get mad and he senses it. I don't know, maybe get mad at him for running away from you and be happy when he doesn't and reward that.
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post #18 of 28 Old 10-12-2016, 08:20 AM
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I have one horse that used to come to me no matter what. Now that he's older, if he sees the trailer hooked up, he runs away. I hotfoot it after him, when I get closer and he sees I am fuming, he reluctantly stands til I get him, I give him treats, the little escape lasts about 5 minutes, sometimes less, depends how quickly I get mad and he senses it. I don't know, maybe get mad at him for running away from you and be happy when he doesn't and reward that.
Even if this works (kind of doubtful as you need a well-developed relationship with your horse to start out with), I wouldn't advise it. Mainly because getting angry always has a bad effect on me and on my immediate future actions and thoughts. Even if I am already prepared to completely drop it as soon as the animal complies, which I can do after many years of practice. Still leaves a shadow.

I'd rather cheerfully change up the game to something he doesn't like and then cheerfully change that game back to the one I originally intended. Animals pick up your mood.

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post #19 of 28 Old 10-12-2016, 08:28 AM
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How are his training sessions? Are they fun for him? My TB taught me a lot about his enthusiasm level being contingent upon the previous days work. ;) When I first got him, he would walk away from me if he saw me coming with a halter. A few months in, he would walk up to me instead. But I did notice that if we had a stressful training period the day before, if I got short tempered with him or it didn't end on a good note, the next day he might walk away again or stop on his way to the arena, etc. I started keeping all of our training very positive. (Not EASY, but always positive. Like, he walks away thinking that he is the most amazing horse in the world, I make a big fuss over him when he gets the right answers.) Now, it's a game. He wants to be a good boy. He is the first one down at the barn every morning, volunteering for his morning tasks! Just a thought.
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post #20 of 28 Old 10-12-2016, 09:56 AM
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I am a big proponent of letting them come to you, and also about not making every interaction a working interaction. Hand grazing, in-hand work, taking walks, and just grooming them before turning them out again all have worked well for me in terms of not having to catch a horse.

He's definitely playing a game with you right now.
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