canadian angus wrote:Was taught this from my Australian friends, lie it down and start over, works like a damn on most horses. Work him all over and then let him up, and trust will be there.
leanin' H wrote:Well you can't let him win. I would tie him good in a spot he can't hurt himself and saddle him and leave him saddled for half a day. You'll have to watch him but he's gotta learn you run the show. I am a huge fan of sacking a horse out and then using a rope to create pressure points which he has to yeild to. I am sure you have a system that you are following. Remember that going slower makes it go faster. And a horse throws a fit for a reason that makes sense to him while not neccesarily us. If he learns bad behavior = pressure (which he dislikes) and good behavior = the pressure ceasing, he will be fine. Good luck, be safe and keep us posted.
LCP wrote:I guess it doesn't seem to me like the trust was necessarily broken. Once both of us realized we were ok, I spent 10-15 min reviewing things he already knew (picking up his feet, putting the saddle blanket on him, etc) and he did fine. He wasn't afraid of the saddle afterwards either - he was checking it out while I was looking it over for damage.
I haven't a clue how to lay a horse down (other than with tranquilizers??) so I won't likely be trying it this time. Thanks for the advice anyway CA.
While I am a novice at breaking horses, I have used them all my life around cattle. I think today I did not bring my A-game to the round pen - not attentive enough to the horse's body language. He was not ready for what I was asking of him. Lesson learned.
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