Re: [RC] teenage horse thing - Typef
I have an 18-year-old QH mare who has NEVER wanted to be caught and it drove
me crazy. The rest of my herd are "user friendly" and sometimes it's darn
difficult to get them out of your back pocket they follow you around so
much. She's by far, not the low man on the totem pole but her attitude has
always been "Darn. Here comes that person again ... quick, run away!" I went
to a Chris Irwin clinic and watched someone work with Mustangs and
disrespectful horses for the first time three years ago. Boy, was that an
eye opener. I always thought I was a pretty good "conversationalist" with
horses except for this one. I learned a lot that day. I came home and had a
session in my version of a round pen (I don't have one, had to settle for a
24x24 square) with this mare, one day after really getting pissed at her.
Took me about 20 minutes of not letting her turn away from me or she got a
whip cracked at her and made to turn back the other direction and now, when
I go out to catch her (three years later after only one round pen session) I
can walk right up to her and catch her and she follows me around like a
puppy dog loose, if I give her the "eye." Watching this guy do this at the
clinic, I thought "Yeah, right ... I'm gonna go home and watch my horse
follow me like a puppy dog no matter which way I turn and not walk away from
me." By golly, if it didn't work. Wish I'd learned that trick 15 years ago!
This horse also, is not the most pleasant horse to ride unless you put her
in the trailer and take her on the trail and then she is THE best trail
horse. Ride her near home and she's a total barn sour babe. Now, if I could
just go to a clinic to solve that one ...
----- Original Message -----
From: "Rides 2 Far" <rides2far@xxxxxxxx>
Sent: Monday, December 16, 2002 6:28 PM
Subject: Re: [RC] teenage horse thing
> other times she walks
> > away from me hiding behind the other horses,trotting from one end to
> > the other.
> If she's low on the totem pole she may be afraid to be caught for fear
> she'll be vulnerable to the dominent horses while confined from running
> away. In our field both Welsh ponies pick on the most recent arrival, an
> Arabian (O.K. he's been here 2 years but he's still the new guy in their
> book). The Arab will not let us walk up to him until the Welsh ponies
> are caught and tied up, then he happily surrenders. There's still
> another pal in the field so it's not that he's afraid he'll be left
> behind, it's just that Kaboot doesn't pick on him so he's not afraid to
> have his movement restricted with him loose.
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