Think different-halter breaking part 1

My friend bought this filly out of a pasture and she had not been haltered or handled. There are many ways that we could have chosen to work with this filly but we chose this method because it was going to be pretty low stress compared to some other options. I like thinking outside the box and although I had never been in a situation where I needed to do this exactly I was able to take knowledge of horses and create this situation.

It is too bad that I did not think to grab the video camera before this point. Because I didn’t think of it, you missed me teaching her to move up to the corner of the stall as well as the first touch and the haltering.

We are always learning more. What stage of learning are you at with horses? Are you still learning to read the basics of their body language? Nothing wrong with that! Or are you now able to be creative?



  1. Todd M. Trzcinski on October 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

    I am reminded when you speak about failures in my life.HMMMMMMMMMMM…………how many times ? A GAZILION! Thing is this…..Nomatter how many times I have failed,as I look back it is those very failures that have tought me the best lessons in life.They have spurred me on to try harder and smarter ways of doing things.They become a part of who I am.

    “Falling down is a part of life….Getting back up to try again…..Now thats LIVING!”

  2. Todd M. Trzcinski on October 26, 2011 at 11:45 am

    Great stuff Stacy! I have a new found confidence from watching you work with your horses.Getting your blog was the best gift! Mostly I have learned that I have the right idea,but you show me the mechanics of things.Toby and I are making good progress!

  3. Liseanne Roy on October 26, 2011 at 8:25 am

    I have been in awe the last few months, because of my new found ability to come up with my own training techniques.
    My coach describes it as “…having a lot of tools in your tool box.”, each tool is a training technique, not every one will work with every horse, so you need to use a different “tool” to help that horse learn.
    It is the same thing for teaching people, not everyone learns the same way, so you need to know more then one way of teaching.

  4. Dennis on October 26, 2011 at 8:08 am

    Most of my herd were pasture wild yearlings when I got them. The first one, Titan, I didn’t have a stall or a pen to work with, just open pasture. He had a halter on when I got him, but he was outgrowing it and it needed to come off. I’m sure he had been roped and subdued to get it on in the first place. I pretty much lived in the pasture with him for three months to gain enough of his trust to let me get it off. Between him and the rest of the herd now, if I step into the pasture with a halter, it gets really hilarious because everybody wants it and the competition gets intense.

  5. Janet on October 26, 2011 at 6:31 am

    I have alway thought out of the box when it comes to animal, and I found that the communication a horse is totaly awesome. At first I was all about my way and as time went by I began to think of way that I could make my idea their idea.. I began watching a studing the herd, then I began watching how the horse reacted to differnet people. That is when my world opened up for me, I began to understand some of the questions and I was able to become a leader. This still facinates me and I have so much more to learn about it, and I drink in all the knowledge that they have to offer me. I still get things wrong but I’m finding now that I am able to go back and correct the answer and we get back on track.

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