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Hi everyone!!
Just wondering if anyone has any tips or tricks on forming a bond with a new horse :) ... I have a 14 yr old australian stock horse, he is an ex cattle mustering horse from a station. I have had him for three weeks now and he is starting to warm to me, just wondering if there's anything extra I could do..
I haven't ridden him yet as he was quiet underweight when we picked him up so I've been improving his condition ( putting weight on him). He's nearly back to good weight now.
I do spend hours with everyday however.
I want a relationship with him in which he respects me but also enjoys spending time with me :)
Any help appreciated thanks.
 

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horses respect and respond to leadership

--- i think all bonds should start with leadership and respect

once you have those, you can start working on figuring out what kind of fun activities your horse enjoys

i did see some pics of people on horses with a giant inflatable ball kicking it around like soccer or something -- that looks interesting and fun
 

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I reccomend groundwork, developing respect. If he respects you, he trusts you. If he trusts you, he listens better and enjoys your company more. Also, go sit in his pasture (or outside his stall, never sit in a stall) and play some music (it doesn't really matter what kind, my horse was perfectly satisfied with my death metal :p) and read a book while he grazes.
 

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Both posters are right on, Respect is first establish your relationship based on rules of conducted, set good easy to understand boundaries and stick to them. Once you have that, the "relationship" will grow from there. People undervalue time spent, spend time with your horse not riding to training just spend time with them. Look at wild horse or horse in pasture is the lead horse always chasing the other horses? No, they will stand head to tail swotting flies. So spend time with your horse.

I think is name is Ponyboy, and the name of his book was "Horse Follows Closely" or something like that it not a new book it a "few" years old. In it he talks about how Indians would spend hour setting with their horses feeding them and talking to them. I didn't agree with the hole book but it was a good read.
 

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I think walking him on a lead rope (on trails, not just around a corral) is a good way to get to know each other, and would also be good to help him get back into condition.
 

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I think a good way to establish a relationship is to do things that are interesting to the horse and position you as leader.

Start with ground work teaching him how to back and move his body from pressure. Teach him how to circle on a rope lead, if you can control his body it's likely he views you as his leader.

I like doing other sort of things that interest the horse on the ground, maybe start with stepping over poles, then backing through pole patterns, leading him through with you on the outside, him on the side. If you have something suitable you could teach him to step up on things. You could send him through gates, over logs, maybe teach him to walk over stuff. These aren't overly important exercises but they are constantly establishing you as the leader as you direct and ask for things, and if the horse hasn't done them before it may pique his curiosity.

Sometimes it's just a matter of time too though, and the individual horse.

Congrats on the new horse though! I love stock horses.
 

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Thanks everyone all great suggestions I think I must be on the right track as I'm doing some
Of these things already :) good to know :):)
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I think a good way to establish a relationship is to do things that are interesting to the horse and position you as leader.

Start with ground work teaching him how to back and move his body from pressure. Teach him how to circle on a rope lead, if you can control his body it's likely he views you as his leader.

I like doing other sort of things that interest the horse on the ground, maybe start with stepping over poles, then backing through pole patterns, leading him through with you on the outside, him on the side. If you have something suitable you could teach him to step up on things. You could send him through gates, over logs, maybe teach him to walk over stuff. These aren't overly important exercises but they are constantly establishing you as the leader as you direct and ask for things, and if the horse hasn't done them before it may pique his curiosity.

Sometimes it's just a matter of time too though, and the individual horse.

Congrats on the new horse though! I love stock horses.
I think I may give these exercises a try this week thanks for that!!! I've done circles and he does well with that so the others should be good fun to learn with him to :):)
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well nothing much I can add to this everyone else gave really good advice but what helped with me bonding to my paso fino was teaching him to nod his head, smile, bow, and knee time flew by when I was teaching him this things and now when I get close to him in the pasture he will place his head over my shoulder and close his eye lol I think he meditates
 

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well nothing much I can add to this everyone else gave really good advice but what helped with me bonding to my paso fino was teaching him to nod his head, smile, bow, and knee time flew by when I was teaching him this things and now when I get close to him in the pasture he will place his head over my shoulder and close his eye lol I think he meditates
Horse mediation that's both the cutest and funniest image I'm getting in my head haha.
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I like to do Monty Robert's join up. It's a first step in creating that relationship between horse and handler and it's amazing how quickly most horses 'get' that we can communicate in a way that they understand. There are so many natural horsemanship methods, techniques etc that it can become confusing but trust me, when you find whatever combination works for you, it's so rewarding. Establishing respect and leadership has to come before anything else and it sounds like you're on the right track. Work at your horse's pace and be guided by how he responds to you and your body language. You'll soon know if you're getting there...he will tell you...have fun!
 

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A lot of great advice here!! :)

I am very hands on and voice driven with my horses. I talk to them nonstop. I call them my therapists. I seriously tell them everything......about my day, if I have something going on that I just need to vent about, anything!!! I brush them every time I am out with them. They seriously come up and stand in line for me to brush them. I walk around and they just follow me to see what Im doing. They are very eager to help me. Ill sit in their field and they will just graze around me.

I agree with groundwork being first and foremost. It can last a long time. There are lots of things to work on. Flexing, desensitizing, establishing trust and introducing them to new things.

Horses are herd animals and they are part of my herd and I am part of theirs. Mutual respect and compassion is a must.

Enjoy your new horse!! :)
 
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