We had our first training session this morning. My plan was to utilize the JoinUp approach, popularized by Monty Roberts. I have used this process on all my horses as well on many other horses that I worked with. It has been a valuable training tool. However, I have not seen this work with a wild, untouched horse. Whenever you watch JoinUp videos, they always lead the horse into the round pen on a rope and halter. This means the horse has already been handled and is somewhat used to humans. Timber is not used to humans nor has he been handled by humans, except under duress. So, I was anxious to see how this worked with Timber.
Let me state that if a certain training approach doesn’t work for me that doesn’t automatically mean that there’s something wrong with the training approach. I am fully aware it might mean that I’m just not experienced enough in that approach to make it work. When that happens, I either have to pay someone to help me, or I have to figure it out, or try another approach. Being the tightwad that I am, I always choose the last two options.
This session lasted about and hour. Here is the shortened video with highlights and comments.