The Horse Forum banner
Status
Not open for further replies.
1 - 20 of 24 Posts

·
Banned
Joined
·
25 Posts
Get him used to treats when he's called. Wean him off of treats slowly. Give him love when he comes. He'll get used to it and will come when called without being a treat monger.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15,152 Posts
Food is the great motivator. Ask any successful animal trainer how they get the animals to do the spectacular things we see on the movie screen, everyone will tell you - FOOD! My hubby left the pasture gate open when he plowed, the horses were down the road, I got in the car, shook a bucket of oats & they trotted home after the car. I got the conditioned response I wanted, they come when I call as I conditioned them with food & treats, they come now when I don't have it because they expect it and it's just 2nd nature now.
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,724 Posts
Also go out and catch him other then to just ride.
I would actually spend the first two weeks catching him to groom and feed him before I started catching him for riding, and also remember to take your time at least the first 6 months really grooming and loving on the horse before going to ride, this way the horse will comect being caught by you with good things not just being worked. This has always worked for me, and so long as they understand your personal space and you do not allow them to he pushy treats will not he an issue. I can walk out in my pasture with a bag of treats shaking then around and my horses do not bumbard me for the treats.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16,205 Posts
I can (most of the time) get Aires to come to me by calling his name and I've never given him treats to catch him. Any time he comes to me, I praise the heck out of him. I don't know, maybe I'm kind of weird, but a lot of the stuff I've taught Aires, I've done just like I was working with my dog who is happy to do stuff for me just to be praised. My dog and horse both know that "Thank you" means they did exactly what I wanted and is accompanied by a scratch or a pat.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
107 Posts
exactly..... My horse didn't really understand the whole praise thing when you patted him. He soon understood it when their was food involved!!!! If you don't want to put the food into a bucket, put your treat into the "cup" of 1 of your hands. Something small and not too much. He'll soon realize that the cup motion, probably means theirs food or some kind of reward. As said before, this becomes second nature. Some people don't want to use your hands, just get a bucket. I perfer hands though.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,730 Posts
There's nothing wrong with using food to get them started with something. As already stated, you can wean them off it later. Unless you know something else that the horse absolutely loves that you can use instead.

My horses learned to come when I whistled and they'd get a pinch of feed on my palm. I can whistle now and they'll get their jaw or forhead scratched. The point was they learned to come when I whistled.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,050 Posts
Have yer buddy hide in the bushes near yer horse. Stand at the barn and holler for it. Right when you holler, yer buddy should shoot it in the butt with a slingshot to "put it on the move". To the horse, you're the one that doesn't shoot it.

It'll figger it out
 

·
Banned
Joined
·
1,724 Posts
Have yer buddy hide in the bushes near yer horse. Stand at the barn and holler for it. Right when you holler, yer buddy should shoot it in the butt with a slingshot to "put it on the move". To the horse, you're the one that doesn't shoot it.

It'll figger it out
Hahaha or you could chase it around till its dripping in sweat and does not want to run anymore....then it will learn dang if I just don't run from this person I wont get tired anymore and sweat so much.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
107 Posts
Have yer buddy hide in the bushes near yer horse. Stand at the barn and holler for it. Right when you holler, yer buddy should shoot it in the butt with a slingshot to "put it on the move". To the horse, you're the one that doesn't shoot it.

It'll figger it out
No Offense, but this just doesn't sound right. It might work for you, but I don't think I could even try it. A small treat sounds a lot better.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
16,205 Posts
No Offense, but this just doesn't sound right. It might work for you, but I don't think I could even try it. A small treat sounds a lot better.
Pretty sure Amazin was being facetious. ;-)
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
107 Posts
Pretty sure Amazin was being facetious. ;-)
Now then, if they were, I just feel stupid...... I guess where I am their are to many people who just don't treat their horses right. :sad: I guess I should have thought a little about it first, just had a run in though today that made me pretty uptight. Sorry.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
1,030 Posts
I never go to my horses, they always come in when I call. I call them in, they usually trot in from the pasture and they know the routine... they wait at the gate to be let into the barn, the gate opens directly into the barn aisle... Whiskey comes in first and I open her stall door, and she goes right in... then the baby comes in to her stall, and Scooby to his. They all eat their dinner in their separate stalls, and they know that good things happen when I call. When i have a vet or farrier coming, I bring them in early so they get their goody first. If they take a little too long, I kick their grain bucket or make noise in the feed stall... they are greedy so they hustle in.

I also like to hang out and just look them over, so I frequently go out, call them in, give them an Apple or carrot, and brush them down while they are in the pasture, no halter, then leave them alone... I have only had baby Grace for a few weeks and she is already very calm and comes willingly to be handled....
 
  • Like
Reactions: Eagle Child

·
Registered
Joined
·
16,205 Posts
Now then, if they were, I just feel stupid...... I guess where I am their are to many people who just don't treat their horses right. :sad: I guess I should have thought a little about it first, just had a run in though today that made me pretty uptight. Sorry.
No worries! I think we've all had those days.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
15,152 Posts
Hahaha or you could chase it around till its dripping in sweat and does not want to run anymore....then it will learn dang if I just don't run from this person I wont get tired anymore and sweat so much.
Hahaha, you know I would do this if I didn't drip sweat & die of a heart attack before the horse came to me!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
153 Posts
coming

Would like to pose a couple of questions for thought on this thread. Have you thought about teaching your horse to come as a task like any other? Such as trotting, jumping, side passing, opening gates, online work, etc. whether they want to (for a treat/feed time) or not? Using treats as a reward is different than using them as a bribe. This takes some consideration, true?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
5,472 Posts
Some horses will - some won't - ever.

Our horses come when called. The only time they consistently get a treat is in their feeder right before lights out.

A horse will come if they enjoy what they are doing. If they are in fear or pain, they won't come.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
320 Posts
Just spend time with him and get to know him, he will begin to recognize you and come in when he sees you :)

I have the opposite problem with my gelding, if he even has an inkling I'm around, I can't get rid of him, he will do as much as slide himself in between me and the horse I'm leading on a lead rope like "okay, my turn?". My mare doesn't usually come unless I come about half way down the hill, she always has a line of followers and does not like horses behind her, but if I'm there to "have her back" then she's all good :)

I do turn a few times a month at my barn to help out my barn manager, the horses have a nice routine so at turn in they will just kind of all show up in turn to be brought in. I am very quiet with the horses and now many of them think I am their BFF, which is fine except when I'm there to bring in my horse to ride, not to turn in and I get ALL THE PONEYZ.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
153 Posts
People teach dogs to come - some will come when you call or clap or slap you leg. Some will come sometimes. But, some don't and need lessons. Same with a horse. It's not just handy, it's something that is certainly teachable to come every time.
 
1 - 20 of 24 Posts
Status
Not open for further replies.
Top