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post #11 of 12 Old 06-04-2015, 02:10 PM
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His background does not matter at all in you in determining what you do with him to get him to respond to you.

I don't care what his breed or age is.
I don't care how he was handled (or abused) previously.
I do not give a rat's patootie about the things I cannot change (the things in his past).
The very last thing you want to do is 'baby' him and treat him differently.

Horses trust people that they respect. You gain respect by putting a horse to work and making them mind. You have to correct them if they need corrected. You have to scold them if they need to be scolded. You have to set boundaries that are fair but firm.

The main thing that gets any horse's trust is having a handler / rider that is 100% consistent. Never be more firm or more strict one day than another. Never unload on a horse that is doing the same thing today that you let him get by with yesterday. I cannot over-stress how important being 100% consistent is.

One of the things that I think helps the most is 'pushing' a horse around -- a lot. I like to make a horse back up and I like to make them move over, especially to the right.

I like to 'sack' a horse out, 'in hand'. This technique requires perfect timing to be effective. I do not have time to explain the entire process, but I 'let' a horse back up away from me until they decide to stop. Then I stop and back up a stet the second they stop. This teaches them very quickly not to back away from me. It teaches them very quickly to stand still whenever I approach them. This, in itself, is a huge demonstration that they can trust you. I have to get trail horses ready and have a Vet coming, but I will try to explain how to make this technique work for you.

The big things are to not baby the horse, set firm boundaries and be 100% consistent.
This. All of this. This is your ticket.

Respect= trust in horsey language.
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post #12 of 12 Old 06-04-2015, 06:42 PM
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It's simple.
Get his respect first. That is the only way to win a horse's trust.

c'est la vie
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