Will a horse come if you call it?
A horse can be trained to come when called just like any other animal. Reinforcing positive behavior with food is the most common method. In order for this to work, you must build a bond with your horse, make the link between a treat and good behavior, and then teach your horse this new behavior.
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There can be a number of reasons your horse won't come to you in the field or why they don't want to be caught. This can include: they negatively associate you. they don't trust you.
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Their bottom lip is tight. Their nostrils are tense. Their tail is moving quickly or not at all. Their ears are pinned back on their head, or alert and facing you.
Once your horse is no longer nervous, stand at the gate and make the horse come to you for the feed. Shake the bucket to attract his attention, but do not forget to call his name. If your horse knows that you are not going to catch him, it is okay to have a bridle and lead tossed over your shoulder at this point.
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Most horses can be taught relatively quickly to come to the sound of a whistle. In addition, when one horse learns to come on command, his pasture mates often will follow him back and also learn to respond to the whistle. Pen the horse in a small area where he can easily see and hear you.
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How do you gain respect from a horse's trust?
The number one trust builder is to be predictable by being consistent! Be consistent with your energy level, emotions, and how you show up around your horse. Stay consistent with your communication, always sending and receiving messages in the same way — a way that both you and your horse clearly understand.
Horses learn by repetition. If you want your horse to be confident in a certain situation, the best thing you can do is to keep putting your horse in similar situations. For example: if your horse lacks confidence on trail rides, keep practicing going on the trails and introduce them to a variety of different paths.
If your galloping horse is ignoring your cues, the emergency pulley-rein stop can safely bring him to a halt. To execute it, shorten both reins, then brace one hand on your horse's neck, holding the rein tightly and grabbing mane. Then raise the other rein up and back, pulling toward your shoulder (not your hip).
Another technique is called catching by chasing – if your horse refuses to be caught then follow him around the field and keep constantly moving him on; allow him to drink but don't allow him to eat and eventually he should get tired and give in.
When the horse is standing quietly, move toward him quietly until you're 20 feet from his left side. Stop and stand relaxed. If he doesn't move away from you, that's a first victory. You might even turn and walk away, letting him know that all you wanted was to walk within 20 feet of him.
- Whoa (Used without the horse's name.)
- Walk (walk, walk up, easy walk)
- Trot (Easy or slow trot, trot, and trot up.
- Gee/Haw or Left/Right or Come Around or Over or something that lets the horse know that you want to turn or pivot.
- Canter (if you want to do this)
- Easy or Slow.