Posted by Gail Ivey on 12/28/2011, 4:59 pm, in reply to "can you "train" one horse to come at feeding time?"
When you go out to get her, does she come to you as soon as she sees you, or does she wait for you to get all the way up to her? If she comes to you as soon as she sees you, then all you have to do is make your presence known when you get there. Make noise. The triangle idea is good. I used to do the "two finger ear blaster" whistle. Honk your car horn. Anything that lets her know you're there. The car horn would be the least effective, because you can't take that with you, so the time lapse between hearing the horn and her seeing you might be too long for her to associate you with the horn. But, if you can make your presence known to her just before she sees you, she will learn to associate that sound with you being there and will come to the sound. |
However, if she's not that enthusiastic and generally waits for you to get all the way up to her, you may not have a lot of success, because she doesn't have enough interest in the food you're offering to pull her away from her little herd.
You'll just have to experiment with some kind of sound that she can hear before she sees you. Calling is often only moderately effective, and your voice might wear out if you rely on it, so I suggest another kind of noise. Try a whistle of some kind. Any "non-organic" type of noise would work.
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