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EmmaHollyParkPatch

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Bonding with a 5 year old!

 I'm currently helping to bring on a 5 year old irish sport horse, and since i can only go up on weekends at the moment because of exams, i'm not there all the time to build a bond with her. 

Any tips on how to make her more confident with me, even though im not up there much? 

Thanks!

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lydiarose

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lydiarose says:

Re: Bonding with a 5 year old!

 When you are there sing to yourself/sing to the horse. Stand and groom for ages. Talk to her. I sing while I'm grooming, gets Woody used to noise and my voice. Which i think is pretty important when it comes to riding, because I mostly use vocal commands to control his speed, not my legs. She's gorgeous by the way! 

Woodhouse JT <3

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EmmaHollyParkPatch

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Re: Bonding with a 5 year old!

 I havent tried that yet, but sounds like a good idea! Thank you for the advice :)

And aaw thank you :)

 

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EmmaHollyParkPatch

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Re: Bonding with a 5 year old!

 Hi richard :)

She's out in the field with stable access all day along with a 3 year old, but its a really good idea. Also she's not very confident with me catching her, so maybe that will help her trust me more too :)

Thank you!

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cookiecrazy

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cookiecrazy says:

Re: Bonding with a 5 year old!

 how about when out in the feild just sitting there, crouched until she comes over to investigate, dont make and startling moves but extend a hand (preferably horse scented already!!) out to her and talk in soothing tones. keep hanging out with her and stroking her allover and take her for a good sesion of grazing in hand like richard said!!! just BEING with a horse and being really nice to them works wonders. Good luck with her shes a beauty!!

Merlin<3

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dexxy

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dexxy says:

Re: Bonding with a 5 year old!

 Parelli is pretty good, or Richard Maxwell is my favourite :)  

I got his book - something called raising younster, born to backing or something?  And its fantastic at this, especially with my 3 year old :) 

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Bonding with a 5 year old!

Keep talking to her carry mints, just talk to her without trying to do anything with her or tacking her up, it appears to take far longer with a mare than a gelding and also type of horse. I am going through this right now with a new mare having to EARN her trust as its not just given comes as a shock after 21 years with a Gypsy Cob Gelding Tonka now an ex-racehorse 17.2h Chesnut Mare Lara. The other thing if the horses person not saying owner as I feel you can never own a horse, is Male or Female as Lara gets upset if I talk to a female not my wife as she is taken as part of the herd as well as the 2 cats. By upset I mean standing on her hindlegs which is not funny, now trying NAF Ostress.

Gypsy Gold does not chink & glitter.It gleams in the sun and neighs in the dark.Tonka & Lara my beautiful horses RIP, Nelson,Chloe & Kitty the cats.

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MillznMouse

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MillznMouse says:

Re: Bonding with a 5 year old!

I found some of the best ways are just being with them. My old share was happy to stand for hours while I groomed and pampered him (extra long as he was so dirty all the time) and he would nuzzle me for treats when he was done. I over-rewarded him, I'll admit, when he was good, even when he wasn't. Likkits help... scratches and massages... he's not really a cuddly pony, but some are so hugs can help. And when riding, do things all the time and keep him thinking and interested rather than laps of a school 24/7. Do groundwork and look through books and stuff to see more bond building excersizes (urk... thought I was a grammar freak but maybe not) or try stuff like Parelli. There's a good book which I can't remember's title which I read ages ago about some horse whisperers somewhere I think in the Midlands. Anyway, hope this helps.

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laurennnnx

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laurennnnx says:

Re: Bonding with a 5 year old!

i have two ways which will help with bonding i use them all the time and my horses now trust me alot, try blowing air  into there nostril as a sign of friendship also if you have a sand school or arena, stand in the middle and free school the horse for a bit let the horse have a good canter and after the horse has had a canter bring the horse to walk, after the horse is into walk and calmed down look the horse in the eyes and walk straight towards it, then walk away and the horse should follow you around :) it also works with horses of all agess :)

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Magicmoment

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Magicmoment says:

Re: Bonding with a 5 year old!

You've got to remember its not all about riding, just spend time with her, grooming her, talking to her, talking her on little walks in hand, sitting with her in her stable/field, play games with her.

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