Kevin the cow dog getting a drink of water!
Usually when horses get to me they have never been handled or they have been spoiled. Either way they have to learn that I’m really on their side. Most of these horses don’t want you to catch them. Lots of reasons for that I guess, but if you can’t catch them their not much use to you. I have a program for that too.
One of the things I will do with every horse that comes here is put them in the round pen for the first couple of days to make sure I can catch them. Nothing more frustrating then turning out a horse in the arena, or other area, only to find out you can’t catch him. I have a round penning program that, with a little work, will insure that I can catch the horse. One of the other things I do, with every horse that comes here, is have the horse drink water from a bucket that I’m holding. Drink from my hand if you will. See, a horse can go up to three days without water, without hurting him or her self. Horses know they cannot live without water for very long. They can go a long time without food, but with our water they won’t last long.
Why do I do this? It’s because the horse does not see much value in me, the human. Most of the time we, the human, provide them with water using automatic drinkers and such. So, the horse does not look at that water-er and think, “how sweet of my owner to provide me with water”. It’s always there. Same with food. But when a horse figures out that if he does not drink water from my hand he’s going to get pretty thirsty, It’s not long and he will start to look to me to provide that water. NOW, I have value.
I have never seen, even the most nervous and scared horse take more the a couple days to figure this out. So, I have taught the horse that he needs me to survive, and, I’m not trying to hurt, but help him.
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