Just want to clarify a few points on comments made earlier.
DON'T keep pushing your horse away until you see all 4 signs. Some horses will only make the circle smaller and lock on an ear, a few will lick and chew and fewer still will bob their head on the ground.
Depending on the size of the area you are working in (lets say you've got a standard round pen) only 15 laps is required. 5 laps one direction, change direction, 5 laps, change direction another 5 laps. Unfortunately a lot of people get this bit wrong which is why those who are anti 'join-up' say "oh, thats where you chase a horse until it's exhausted and gives up isn't it".
When you are ready to invite the horse in then drop shoulder, look down BUT always be aware of where your horse is and what it's doing.
1st time round some horse wont approach you (they aren't too sure whats going to happen next), in this case walk to them (side on) give them a rub and walk away a couple of paces and see if he/she approaches you.
I would be very very warey of doing a 'join-up' with a stallion, a hand reared foal (thats now grown up) or a known very agressive horse.
29 May 2010 11:49