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post #11 of 59 Old 11-11-2014, 11:58 AM
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Lounges, please meet BugZapper. Impending doom on anyone who isn't up to her standard.

BZ, the OP has already realized she is in need of a trainer, and the trainer is coming out. Lighten up and stop putting bad thoughts in people's heads when they need help :)
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post #12 of 59 Old 11-11-2014, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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No bloodwork needed - the breeder delivered her herself, and stated that they always sedated youngsters if they had to travel on the highway. It was a 3-hour journey, and the poor thing was really wobbly on her feet when she arrived.
I explained at length it would be a first time horse for me, and that I was looking for something sweet natured and easy going. She was still with her Mum. She is a very bright horse, very quick to learn, but i think also very impatient, and yes, I need a trainer and all the help I can get to put us on the right track.....hence my quest for help and info here.
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post #13 of 59 Old 11-11-2014, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the support Daffy!

BZ - I have been repeatedly told you cannot keep one horse, and that if you have a young one, it needs another young one for best results........so should I have just settled for a couple of retired donkeys?
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I realise this is my failure entirely, but when she doesn't want to have a halter put on, how do you do it exactly? She does not like /will not have her head held, and backs away or pulls her head out of the halter as i try to put it on.
She is just relaxing with being petted or brushed - it is still new for her. I don't want to spoil the trust I have built with her by trying to fight her into a halter. Am I looking at it all wrong?
Lots of ways to do it, I do it by first seeing how willing they are to let me halter them first...i figure out what point they start to resist and go from there...if they really arent used to it at all i first show them the halter by putting it to their nose, if they put their nose in they get a cookie and a "good boy/girl."...bit by bit day by day i put the halter on more and only reward them if the put their own head in themselves, i dont like to have to play dodge ball games with the halter, they should put their noses right in and not throw their heads up etc. the trick is to stop before it gets to where they start to fight...it can take longer to do it this way than some other ways ive heard about, but this is what worked best for me and my current boys so thats what i put out there... once you get the halter on totally you do this for a while and it becomes habit, they get used to it pretty easily...

remember they are babies, they will have short attention span...lots of little lessons work better than a long session.

good luck with your 2 girls - i bet they are beautiful, id love to see pictures!!!
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OP, It's definitely true that horses need companionship. I have never heard, however, that they need to be similar in age. In fact, a "couple of retired donkeys" would probably work just as well xD

If selling the second is an option, it might be something to consider... perhaps after you see a trainer and get their opinion. You can instead purchase something dead broke--it may help teach the first filly some manners ;)

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post #16 of 59 Old 11-11-2014, 01:30 PM Thread Starter
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I understood that donkeys and horses should actually not be kept together as donkeys are needed to enable the life cycle of lungworms....
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post #17 of 59 Old 11-11-2014, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Here are my 2 babies.....
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post #18 of 59 Old 11-11-2014, 03:34 PM
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Your girls are lovely!!!!! That said, lesson # 1. Never turn foals out with their halters on. Especially since your girls do not know how to lead and give to pressure. If their halter gets caught on something, the will instinctively fight against the pressure. NOT GOOD.

I've had to work with foals that the owner had not bothered to spend the time teaching to accept a halter and learn to lead. I suggest trying this: take the halter into the stall with you. You say they are

accepting of you touching, brushing them etc. So incorporate that into the grooming, but use the halter, rub it on their bodies, find their sweet spots where they enjoy being touched and do it with the halter. As they accept what you are doing and are comfortable with it,gradually work your way slowly up the body, neck, doing BOTH sides of the body, until you can rub the halter all over their face without resistance. This will take some time, but foals are quick learners, and if you take the time to do this consistantly several times a day, I repeat, several times a day, by day 2 or 3 at the latest, they should accept a halter with no problem. As for leading, once you have them accepting the halter, teach them how to lead in the stall while using a butt rope on them.

I'll let someone else in here step in and explain leading and use of a butt rope with because typing all this on my phone is ...a pain in the butt.... Lol
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AND, by all means, use your voice when working with them, praise them when appropriate, and correct them when they're not. Your voice is a cue to them as well as your body language. I've found that to correct them using my voice simply growing loudly gets the point across.
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post #20 of 59 Old 11-11-2014, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks - I think so too!
I put them out with their halters on because I was specifically told to take them off when in the stall, but keep them on outside!
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