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post #11 of 17 Old 01-06-2016, 10:51 AM
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There is a lot you can do before you start lunging him in the roundpen. Respect doesn’t begin in a roundpen anymore than it begins in the saddle. It begins on the lead line, really at liberty, but starting with a lead attached is easier. A lot can happen in three months if you wait until then to gain his respect and trust.

Despite the weather, there are so many things you can do to polish the skill sets he already has until they shine like a new penny!

Teaching him things like being able to tie and stand patiently so that he doesn’t have to have the hay to have his feet done would be a good start. Teaching him to not just lead, but follow you on lead; to walk forward without crowding or lagging back, stop when you stop, back up when you back up, turn when you turn, with slack in the lead. Standing still for tacking, mounting and grooming, picking up feet with a simple tap of the leg…..all of these things and more are the smallest of steps towards gaining your horse’s respect and good practice for you to gain confidence in yourself and him in you.

The bonus is that with the little corrections you will need to make doing these things, if done fairly, consistently and with good timing, you can avoid having to make big corrections later on. It will make transitioning to a round pen a little easier (though I wouldn't over do it there).

I would suggest that you peruse this site and find some good videos on line about exercises in reinforcing good ground manners and fun things to do with your horse on lead such as leading through obstacles or taking some hand walks to start. It is so nice to have a horse that you can not only enjoy riding, but enjoy being with.

Best wishes with your new horse!

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post #12 of 17 Old 01-06-2016, 11:28 AM
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I don't see this as an issue--your horse is just feeling good and excited to be outside.
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post #13 of 17 Old 01-06-2016, 03:43 PM
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He sounds like he is just excited and happy. My gelding always gets more energetic when there is a significant weather change (gets colder or warmer outside). Also, if he is used to being ridden fairly regularly his energy level could be up simply from the lack of work you have been making him do. As long as his ears aren't pinned and he isn't kicking out towards you, you have nothing to really worry about.

I would have to agree with making a point not to let him think it is okay to kick out near you, even if it's not aggressive.

When it comes to groundwork and gaining his respect I strongly suggest looking into Clinton Anderson at Down under Horsemanship. I absolutely love him videos and most of his training techniques!
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-06-2016, 07:43 PM
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I had a horse named Skip and he would bounce around when I let him go, and I would always catch him bucking and running crazily around his pasture. But, as soon as I was 'using' him he would calm down and be respectful. So, as long as he/she is respectful once your using him/her, it's fine. He's just expressing himself. :)
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post #15 of 17 Old 01-09-2016, 12:35 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone for posting. Cleared a lot of things up and greatly appreciated!
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post #16 of 17 Old 01-09-2016, 06:21 PM
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I don't see that being an issue either, as long as he is not doing it around you.
When I bring my guy outside, I always turn him towards the gate and make him stand still until I take the halter off. When I'm out of the pasture, he is free to do whatever he wants.
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post #17 of 17 Old 01-15-2016, 10:02 PM
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Originally Posted by khorses23 View Post
he just sounds like hes happy to be outside! some of our horses do that too right when you let them go. or even throughout the day. its almost like "yay, im free!". and he may be excited about his food there too! or guys run right over to theres too. its not something i would be too worried about, hes just being a horse(:
So he was just "horsing around" XD. in all seriousness though, have you checked out evention tv? I think they mentioned this in a video called annoying horse habits. They are a cool YouTube channel. Good luck:)
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