How to Tame a Wild Horse
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How to Tame a Wild Horse

How to tame a wild horse? How to gentle a wild horse? How to befriend a horse? The BLM allows people to adopt wild mustangs and burrows but they still need to be tamed, taming is a helpful step before halter breaking starts, learn how to teach a horse how to trust humans. How to teach horses to trust.

Before we start, there is always a debate about terminology, technically what many people call wild horses are really feral horses, horses that were domesticated and have either gone wild, been turned loose, or lived wild for generations. However to keep it simple we shall refer to all these horses as being wild.  In the United Stands wild horses, and burros, may be adopted from the BLM

Taming the horse consists of befriending it so it trusts you as this will help make it safer for further training. Note that only experts should attempt to tame a stallion as they can be aggressive.

How to Tame a Wild Horse

Taming a wild horse is not an easy matter and starts in preparations even before getting a horse. You need a secure pen with shelter. You want the corral to have fences tall enough that the horse will not be attempted to jump them. Small pens are best as they offer the horse few places to “get away”.

Befriending a wild horse is the first step to training it. This is done by bringing it feed regularly. It is best to feed wild horses at least twice, if not three times, a day. As the horse is not really working it does not need grain, however it will appreciate the hay. In time the horse will approach the fence, eager to see you and the hay. Most wild horses learn this fairly quick, although some never become trusting, just as some tame horses never do become easy to catch even when raised from foals with good care.

Having an already friendly horse with the wild one will allow the wild horse to learn by example, it will see the friendly horse come for the food and will follow. 

When the horse starts coming forth for feed you can try giving treats such as carrots and apples. Many feral horses will have never had these so might not understand that they are food, if so then try something else, such as a small bran mash, handful of grass, or dandelion greens.

Always talk to the horse. You should not be afraid to make sudden moves and loud sounds. The horse needs to realize that loud sounds and sudden moves will not hurt it. You can even do things such as raising your arms above your head, again to show the horse that these weird things will not hurt it.

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When the time comes to halter train it there are several methods of approach. Unless you are experienced in the way of training a horse you should get a more knowledgeable person to help you. Trying to sneak the halter on the head can be done if the horse is very gentle and approachable, but most people opt for the method of getting the horse into a corner and putting it on.

In either case the least scary way of getting the halter on the head is by standing on the horse's left side, putting your right arm over the neck – behind the ears. This hand should be holding the halter by the strap that will go over the neck. The right hand is used to put the other part of the halter over the horse's nose and quickly buckle it up. Some people use food to trick the horse while slipping on the halter, but this can be tricky.

From here you proceed with halter training and other training.

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