I got a new Colt and I need help with teaching him to not be afraid of us. - The Horse Forum
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post #1 of 9 Old 01-16-2016, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation I got a new Colt and I need help with teaching him to not be afraid of us.

Well, a couple days ago, I got a new 15 month old Colt named Mack, who's show name is Mackintosh, and I need help with getting him to come near me and to put the halter on. He always wore the halter at the place I got him from, but now he seems to be afraid of it. I also think he is afraid of the hose, because when I tried to hose his feet he spooked. Please help, thanks!

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post #2 of 9 Old 01-16-2016, 02:36 AM
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Is this colt turned out or in a stall at a barn? If he is turned out on pasture I would go out there every chance I got and get some feed and gradually get to where he could eat it out of my hand, don't jump the gun and try to rush things you have to be very patient with earning a horse(s) trust, and get to where you can start putting hands on him, once you can start putting hands on him rub on him everyday!! Talk to him and let him know you are not there to harm him and just keep doing that and start rubbing on his head around his ears etc...I bought a colt back in December 2014 that never had a hand put on him and I put him into a stall where I could mess with him everyday, I would sometimes sit in his stall for periods of time and just talk to him and eventually I gained his trust little at a time to put hands on him, I kept the radio on at night so he would get use to hearing things and voices and not to be spooked, it's just a very gradually thing and you have to be very patient with it, it can be frustrating but as long as you work with him everyday and gain his trust it will be awesome, definitely a learning experience for both you and the colt, now he is 17 months old and he is the biggest baby ever, start off with small things and move up don't try to rush it, it will all pay off!!
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1. He's a baby. Common sense should tell you He doesn't know anything about having someone spray water on his feet and you can't just jump right in there with a water hose.

1.1 If you have to ask this type of question, you shouldn't have a 15 month old.

2. If it truly is a colt and not a filly, have a vet geld it yesterday.

3. If you can't afford a professional instructor to train you and help with the horse, please find an experienced horseman to help you and buy them a couple bags of feed in gratitude.

Without knowledgeable help, you are setting you and the weanling up for for failure and possible injury.

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Maybe if you tell a little more about yourself as in how much experience you have with horses? Are you an adult or minor? What kind of set up do you have? How is the horse living? Pasture? Stall in barn?
With a little more information, people might be able to help a little more.
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post #5 of 9 Old 01-16-2016, 04:59 PM Thread Starter
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He lives in a paddock but has shelter to go to when he wants. He can be halter end by my aunt, the person who gave him to me. He is also being gelded as soon as possible and is also being broken in by my riding instructor.

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post #6 of 9 Old 01-16-2016, 06:22 PM
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I hope you don't mean broken to ride at 15 months. He's still a baby, and his body and mind need time to mature, otherwise he'll be a fried out physical mess by the time he's 15 y/o.
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post #7 of 9 Old 01-19-2016, 10:02 PM
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You might find clicker training to be a useful solution. The key is to break the desired behavior into small steps and patently master them one at a time. Do a few minutes each session and maybe a couple of sessions a day and your horse will come to you and look for the halter. Here's a video of how a donkey was trained that way:


There are lots of good ways to get horses to accept a halter and a bridle, but clicker training might be the simplest for beginners.
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post #8 of 9 Old 01-21-2016, 05:53 PM
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I wouldn't suggest clicker training for beginners because it can unintentionally cause nippy/rude horses. Feeding out of hand can create all kinds of problems if the owner is not confident and able to correct rude behaviours.
Spending time out in the pasture, stall, or pen where he is stabled can help get him comfortable having you near him. Many young horses love having their rump scratched right by the top of their tail and this may be a good starting place if you are sure he will not kick at you.
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post #9 of 9 Old 01-21-2016, 07:59 PM
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Wearing a halter is way different than having one put on & off. Once it is on that's it, the colt doesn't mind as it becomes part of him. No problem until someone wants to take it off & on. Halters shouldn't be left on babies.
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