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Creating Connection By Hanging Out

Creating Connection By Hanging Out

Whether you’ve had your horse for a long time or they are new to you, Creating Connection by Hanging Out is a good place to start.  Think of it like making friends.  You will spend time with them without asking or expecting anything from them.  

Depending on your horse’s living situation, this might look like:  poo picking, reading a book or listening to a podcast whilst sitting (either inside or outside where they live) – depending on the type of horse you now know you have (day 2),  you might stand, you might meditate, or journal.  There are a lot of ways to create connection just by hanging out with your horse and this is a good starting place. 

As with every step along this journey, you will need to use your discretion.  

 – Pick the best time to do this, if your horse needs to get his energy out and runs around a lot, of course you would not want to be in there with him.  

 – You know whether you could do this while your horse has food or other horses around, you will need to decide these things as well. 

 – There are probably several other factors that you may need to consider, that Warwick cannot anticipate, so you will have to use your discretion. 

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I started my mustang by “hanging out”. I drank tea, sitting on a leaf of hay, and had several piles of hay all over the paddock. He ALWAYS chose the hay I was sitting on. I started offering him pieces of the hay I was sitting on. Pretty soon he was touching me and using the hay as an excuse to touch me. Then he forgot about the hay and just touched me. Then we touched each other. Then we took walks around the paddock together, matching steps or him following me. Then we stood together and took naps. Then I started giving him touch on his body as he stood around. It took just shy of a month to get the halter on and another week or two to even deal with a lead rope, but THEN everything was possible. The pattern was established and this will carry forth most likely!

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) November 23, 2023 at 7:18 am

Awesome work Maya!!!

Could one read aloud or talk to the horse while sitting in the pasture or should this hangout be silent?

Warwick Schiller avatar Warwick Schiller (Administrator) December 2, 2023 at 10:35 am

That would be fine

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