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ponymadgirl2

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ponymadgirl2 says:

Ways to bond with your horse - any ideas?

I was thinking it would be nice, rather than lots of schooling or jumping, for me to loose school Brom over some jumps and stuff and just muck around with him in the school (by that i mean bonding btw!). I might do some bareback wandering and stuff but do any of you have any ideas on how i can bond with him from the ground or up on board?

Please reply i want to make it a special afternoon i love him so much xx

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kevinhiatt

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kevinhiatt says:

Re: Ways to bond with your horse - any ideas?

Packet of mints and getting him to follow you around you have to earn their trust just not freely given, you get the position of being their person never the owner then the bond so strong they will suprise you many times including when my cob stood guard over me when I went into a coma letting no one near. Best of luck with the bonding the more time you spend the quicker it will happen. 

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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brook

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brook says:

Re: Ways to bond with your horse - any ideas?

You could have a go at some join up, I don't have an arena so I do my own version in a small paddock, I lunge Tenor off of his bridle ( make sure that you twist the reins and thread the throat lash through them if you do this ) in walk, trot and canter, making sure that he stays out on the circle and away from me, I then remove the lunge line and turn away from him and slowly start to walk away, he follows me and stays right by my shoulder, he will halt when I stop and walk beside me changing direction etc. He then follows me to the gate when we finish our session.

 

We also enjoy some in-hand training, just simple stuff like walk, trot, halt, rein back, turn on the forehand and asking him to lower his head like a sort of bow lol ! I also find that after doing this he will follow me without me having to hold his lead rope. Just have a play and experiment a bit. Poles can be good fun to work with in-hand, there is a good exercise that Kelly Marks uses, you set out the poles in a hollow L shape, wide enough for your horse to comfortably walk through and lead him through slowly with you in front of him facing him and walking backwards, once he has come through forwards, try asking him to go backwards, it seems easy but turning the corner really makes them think where they are putting their feet, if he struggles with this just move the poles further apart.

 

Good luck with whatever you decide to do, have fun ! Lyn XX  

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ponymadgirl2

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ponymadgirl2 says:

Re: Ways to bond with your horse - any ideas?

Thanks :) i looked it up and people were saying just things like spending time grooming is good. Thought about some loose jumping. With the join up i thought you did it lose - but it obviously worked on the lunge...x xx

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CopperFieldLady

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Re: Ways to bond with your horse - any ideas?

Hand grazing is another one I find is good

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cookiecrazy

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cookiecrazy says:

Re: Ways to bond with your horse - any ideas?

mm. Its quite good but i think intereactive play is the best thing!!

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Bardybear

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Bardybear says:

Re: Ways to bond with your horse - any ideas?

Is there any reason why you can't go for a hack?  There's nothing like facing things 'outside' together to help your horse learn to trust you and for you to find out what your horse is really like.

"He is the lord of all horses and has been my friend through many dangers."

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brook

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brook says:

Re: Ways to bond with your horse - any ideas?

Hi, yes you are meant to do join up lose but you need a safe area to do it in, i have'nt really got anywhere suitable so I have to improvise lol !!

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