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post #21 of 25 Old 10-01-2014, 08:33 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by SummerShy View Post
You go girl!
And Ghost!

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I can see giving him a bit of time to settle in to a new place , since you just bought him, right? but, a day or two should suffice.

stop looking at external things as reasons for why you cannot expect him to pay attention to you. to get a hrose's attention, you must become IMPORTANT. right now, every thing that rattles a gate is more important to him. that would make me a bit angry, to be honest, and it would help me become big enough to make that horse look at me like, "hey!? what's this right here? I better pay attention, 'cause it's something important!"

Start rattling the gate louder than the other guy!
I started small and moved up. I let him settle and get used to me for the first week. Then, I worked with him one on one. As soon as I found he was responding well and focusing on me, I tackled the distraction issues. Since then, I've been working on lunging, picking up feet, standing, etc. I've now owned him for about two and a half months.
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post #22 of 25 Old 02-12-2015, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Update: I've been on his back once. However, I honestly have NO idea on how to finish him off. So, he's going to be meeting a trainer VERY soon. Also, said trainer is totally going to be drilled. The last "trainer" who was supposed to help me ended up doing nothing useful. Instead, she tried starving him to make him listen, and then said he was too dangerous when he went ape looking for food. I'm going to be horribly picky about who touches this horse from now on. I'd rather keep him as a pasture pet than to ever discover something like that again!
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post #23 of 25 Old 02-14-2015, 01:16 PM
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Originally Posted by UnwindingDream View Post
Thank you all for the advice! I'd given him a few days off to settle more, and to cool off. I went up to see him this afternoon for a bit. Without a lead rope, or treats in sight, he wasn't nearly as pushy with me. He'd stay about arm distance away. Even when he was following me. When he'd try to get closer, I'd stick out my arm and he'd stop again. He did lip at my arm and leg when he thought I wasn't paying attention. Then he backed away when scolded and my arm was held up. Other than that, he was very well behaved. I even got him to back up a step or two! I'm hoping that if I work with him without the lead first, and allow him to get to know me better, then I can work on the leading. For now, the personal space is the main concern. I had also talked with a guy who has trained even wilder horses than Ghost. He owns a horse at the same stable Ghost is boarded at. He had given me some tips about body language, and said he would be willing to help more me one on one with Ghost when the barn is empty of other people. It's already helping significantly with Ghost!
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It sounds like you are making good progress already and I like the fact that you have accomplished something without cracking him with a whip. That would be the last thing that I would do with an Arab. Some might need it but most don't. Working without a lead rope and without treats is a good start to working up to being lead properly. Your patience will be rewarded. Please keep us posted on his progress
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post #24 of 25 Old 02-16-2015, 10:57 AM
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I really don't see anything that stamps him as Arabian and would certainly agree with QH or Quarb. Unless the owner had papers then I wouldn't be so quick to label and attach any stigma that can be associated with Arabians. He's a horse that has been left far to long. A nice looking horse that looks to have potential. Hopefully you can find a good trainer to work with.
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post #25 of 25 Old 02-16-2015, 11:41 AM
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I think you're making the right decision in getting a (new) trainer. Best of luck--keep us updated!

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