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post #11 of 24 Old 08-31-2015, 03:01 AM
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You need to get a trainer. The trainer can show you how to handle the horse, after it has been trained to ride. If you do not plan to ride him, you still need to have him trained in case something happens ( because things do ) and If you had to sell him or rehome , he would have a better chance of not ending up being clubbed to death in Mexico, and i think they shoot them, much faster way to get them processed.
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post #12 of 24 Old 08-31-2015, 08:16 AM
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1. Should I wait till he's more acclimated to his new home (a stable about a mile from my house) before I do anything physical with him?
2. Should I just be going over to stable and talk to him and bond?
Any suggestions on help bonding and trust would be GREATLY appreciated.
Thanks in advance.
To answer your questions - you do not wait for a horse to acclimatised to anything new, you take leadership, correcting unwanted behaviour, insisting that any interaction you have with the horse, he does what you ask when you ask as soon as you ask.

You can talk all you like to a horse and think you are bonding, he will have a totally different opinion on this bond of you do not take leadership.

You must get good experienced help with this horse,

The old saying "Green + green = black and blue" all to often rings true.
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post #13 of 24 Old 08-31-2015, 09:22 AM
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I love the Arabs!

Keep in mind Arabs are agile like cats, and smart as whips. And will use that smartness to their utmost advantage, as well as the agility!

A trainer working with you is very important. So kudos to you for knowing that.

Keep your movements very gentle and deliberate and your voice low and soothing as if you were trying to calm an infant. No sheirking, makes a nervous horses much more nervous. In fact, a woman sheirking sounds a lot like a nervous horse whinnying!

Don't baby him because of his past. He will play the babying against you. Be firm, calm, but fair.

Remember, every time you handle a horse, even putting the halter on and lead rope, you are training him......or he is training you.

Horses are better people trainers than most people are horse trainers!

Oh, and as an Arab owner, more pictures are mandatory!
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post #14 of 24 Old 08-31-2015, 09:36 AM
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Horses have an uncanny ability to immediately figure out who has horse experience and who doesn't and will take advantage. Where you are boarding, try to have him outside as much as possible. If cooped up in a stall and fed a rich diet this could account for him, not spooking, but overjoyed and over energetic at the sight of the other horse. BTW, don't think in terms that your arab was abused as this can prevent moving forward. You bo't a skinny horse, end of story. When you move around him, don't be cautious and don't speak in soothing tones. Keep it natural or he'll become suspicious that something is wrong. You don't even have to speak to him. A nice scratch where the bugs bite is a wonderful reward for good behavior.



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post #15 of 24 Old 08-31-2015, 09:46 AM
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I assume you know how to train the dogs.....horses are not dogs.

Horses learn on the RELEASE of pressure. That means that if he does something wrong, like spooking and rearing, and you let go of the lead rope, then you just taught him to DO that. Similar to calling a dog to you, then yelling at it...then expecting it to come when called.

Arabians are generally quite sensitive, and that means it does not take much to move them, teach them good things, etc., they are the standard Poodles and Golden Retreivers of the horse world. Trust to them is a person who is rock solid when they are quivering. Same as with a dog, DO NOT pet or console a scared horse. You are then rewarding scaredness.

Your gelding is adorable, and Arabians are usually slower growing, anddo not mature until late, so I think he has a bit of growing to do.
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post #16 of 24 Old 08-31-2015, 11:23 AM
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Well thanks for the positive comments Roman.
I just love it when people who don't have a clue about me or my life will sit back and give their opinions on whether or not I should own a horse. THIS is the horse I chose, I'm not interested in selling him. I joined this forum to gain knowledge and advice from people who want to help.
If this horse never has a rider on him and I just just get to watch him graze for the rest of his life, give him the love that he deserves then that's ok by me. He was on a trailer headed to Mexico to be clubbed to death and may have ended up in, (maybe your dog's food bowl)?
My husband and I rescue dogs. We have 2 great danes, 3 English pointers a German short hair pointer, a half weenie and half retriever, and our newest rescue who is going Tuesday to get neutered is a pit.
My husband just survived cancer and wants horses in his life. I think the risk of me owning an arabian is nothing compared to what we have been through the last 3 years.
There is plenty of love in our house for a couple of horses too. Thanks for taking the time to try and be negative though.

Thank you to the others that have posted. I will get the help I need for my new boy. God bless
For someone new to horses, not having the knowledge, experience an
d confidence to train one is not a crime but will only get you so far. However your desire, determination and willingness to learn will. Definitely get some qualified help with what your horse needs and also what skills you need to handle him correctly and safely. As you found out, unexpected things can happen just with leading a horse and knowing some of the subtle things like exactly how to hold the lead rope and position yourself to the horse are important. Wish you were closer. I love working with Arabians and people new to horses. Good luck with him.
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post #17 of 24 Old 08-31-2015, 11:30 AM
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Arabians are generally quite sensitive, and that means it does not take much to move them, teach them good things, etc.,
Totally agree with this. Arabs are SMART (or at least they think they are are smarter than you, LOL); it does not take them long to learn things. And they will step in the leader role if they don't think you are stepping up to be the leader. But if you do show them you ARE a competent leader, they will be loyal to the end.

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Arabians are usually slower growing, and do not mature until late, so I think he has a bit of growing to do.
Totally agree with this too. My 1/2 Arab mare did not finish growing until she was well into her 6 yo year. She topped out at about 15.1/15.2-ish. Mentally, it took her a little longer, LOL ...
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Well thanks for the positive comments Roman.
I just love it when people who don't have a clue about me or my life will sit back and give their opinions on whether or not I should own a horse. THIS is the horse I chose, I'm not interested in selling him. I joined this forum to gain knowledge and advice from people who want to help.
If this horse never has a rider on him and I just just get to watch him graze for the rest of his life, give him the love that he deserves then that's ok by me. He was on a trailer headed to Mexico to be clubbed to death and may have ended up in, (maybe your dog's food bowl)?
My husband and I rescue dogs. We have 2 great danes, 3 English pointers a German short hair pointer, a half weenie and half retriever, and our newest rescue who is going Tuesday to get neutered is a pit.
My husband just survived cancer and wants horses in his life. I think the risk of me owning an arabian is nothing compared to what we have been through the last 3 years.
There is plenty of love in our house for a couple of horses too. Thanks for taking the time to try and be negative though.

Thank you to the others that have posted. I will get the help I need for my new boy. God bless.
I don't think Roman was being negative. She did offer her opinion & advice on how to proceed.
Horses are a whole different game from what you've lived so far.
Maybe your boarding barn can help you with basic horse handling skills.
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post #19 of 24 Old 08-31-2015, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Sorry for the comments I made last night ? I am signing up for riding lessons today. I will keep you all posted on progress.
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post #20 of 24 Old 08-31-2015, 03:36 PM
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Sorry for the comments I made last night ? I am signing up for riding lessons today. I will keep you all posted on progress.
Awesome! I know riding lessons are a lot of fun. :)
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Keep going, keep moving forward. You'll get it together someday.
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