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My Join-Up® Experience

Wanting to Join-Up All Join-Up Steps Completed

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We purchased a 12 yr old gelding a little less than a month ago. The person we purchased him from uses the Monty Roberts philosophy which we have continued to follow as well. The issue I’m having now is that this guy seems “bored” with join-up. He wants to join up after 3-4 times around the round pen. He makes about 3 rounds and turns and looks at me and wants to join up. He did this a few times when he first got to us but I was always able to push him back and finish the exercise with him. It is getting more difficult to do that now as he just stands there and wants to follow me around. Is it important to continue doing join-up sessions with him since he is already so “joined”? If so suggestions on how to keep him going? I use his lead to toss behind him but this method no longer seems to be working. 
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***Title should say “Before all Join-Up steps completed”. 
Miriam (Holland&Germany)
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Hi Karliebe,
Congratulations on your new horse and the choice of following
 Monty Roberts' methods!

The first thing that comes to my mind reading your question is: 
 Join-Up is a two way communication, never an exercise!

Please start at lesson one of this wonderful Uni, learn to communicate with your horse and enjoy the time you spend with him! As you state, your horse is already Joined Up, he knows his own language Equus. It's us, we need to learn how to bridge the gap between
the two species, horse and human!
There's so much to learn and it's a never ending journey....
Start at the beginning and know that we all learn as long as we live!
Have fun, and more important: let your horse have fun!
Please keep us posted,