Join Up (Join Up) – Let the Horse Catch Him!
Did your horse ever run away from you when you tried to catch it in levada? Have you ever lured her to something tasty? Does your horse try to leave you when you are leading it, trying to reach the grass when you don’t want it, and sometimes it seems to you that it is not “with you” at all?
Make the horse catch you, and this will fundamentally change your relationship. Imagine that now your horse is right for you, and not you are trying to catch it. Is it great? Undoubtedly!
Include the game “join up” in your training and you will get a horse that suits you, trusts you and wants to cooperate with you.
However, after you use this tool to succeed, make sure that you know what to do next – teach the horse basic answers to your signals, which will expand your vocabulary with it and help you demonstrate your leadership over it.
To start liking your horse, you need to bring your relationship and partnership to the forefront, and your personal needs to the background.
This means that you should not try to trick your horse, you should not “rub” your trust in it only to continue to use it the way you wanted.
If you just want to gallop, you should not put this your desire above the needs of your partnership. If your horse does not trust you or your connection with it needs to be strengthened, you should do everything possible to bring this need to the fore, and wait for your desire to ride or jump over obstacles. This means that you will need to work out the basics on the ground before you sit in the saddle.
Using the “Join Up” method, you can “attach” your horse to yourself, and she will follow you, but if you betray her trust in the saddle or in your hands, it will be very difficult to restore it.
You will need a lot of time and patience. If you are going to practice “Join Up” or learn some other skill, you need to make sure that you have allocated enough time for this, and you will have the opportunity to complete the plan on a positive note. You must make sure that your horse understands what you are asking for and end up positive. You can’t just interrupt a lesson because you don’t have more time for a horse. If you know that you have only 30 minutes, then it’s better to do something that is not time-limited and can be completed at any time – this way you will not risk ending your game ahead of schedule. As soon as you take your partnership to a higher level and begin to understand each other, you will probably have enough 30 minutes for “Join Up” and some other games. But first, you need to make sure that you have enough time — at least an hour.
“Join Up” is a process in which a horse wants to “catch” you, saving you the trouble of catching it yourself. If the horse itself wants to spend time with you, then you will find yourself in a much more advantageous position than if you had to chase after it and catch in levada. Remember that we want partnership, and this means that our horse also makes some decisions – we give her a choice, and she makes it in our favor.
We give our horse the choice to be with us or not. We can influence him by making it comfortable for her to be near us and not comfortable without us. This will help the horse to choose what we want (to be with us).
We do this using Join Up.
For the game you will need a fenced piece of land with a diameter of about 18 meters. The space should not be too small so that the horse does not feel locked up and does not want to jump over the fence, but not too large so that it does not go far from you. You can even build a small levada inside the arena or levada, using obstacles, lining them in a circle or square and lifting them to a sufficient height.
To start playing “Join Up” you need to bring the horse to your “pen”. If it’s easy to catch, you just catch it and bring it there. If the horse is not caught or it is impossible to lead it on the chombra, you can try different options:
1. Give the usual feed in this pen to all horses. When the horses finish lunch, release everyone and leave the one you need.
2. Try, if possible, to bring a horse with whom you are interested in friends to this pen (or maybe even the whole herd, if it is not large). Your horse will most likely follow him / them, and then you will be able to release the remaining horses and leave them inside.
3. Line up the passage / corridor that leads to the small pen and when the horse enters there to explore the novelty, creating pressure, encourage it to go forward and go inside the pen. Be careful, n…