Bring him up facing the door. Tap him lightly with your switch, reaching as far back with it as you can.
This tapping, by being pretty well back, and on the opposite side, will drive him ahead, and keep him close to you. Then by giving him the right direction with your left hand you can walk into the stable with him.
I have walked colts into the stable this way, in less than a minute, after men had worked at them half an hour, trying to pull them in. If you cannot walk him it at once this way, turn him about and walk him round in every direction, until you can get him up to the door without pulling at him.
Then let him stand a few minutes, keeping his head in the right direction with the halter. And he will walk in, in less than ten minutes.
WARNING: Never attempt to pull the colt into the stable. That would make him think at once that it is a dangerous place. And if he was not afraid of it before, he will be then.
Besides we don't want your horse to know anything about pulling on the halter.
Colts are often hurt, and sometimes killed, by trying to force them into the stable. Besides; people who attempt to do it in that way, go into an up-hill struggle, when a plain smooth road in fact is - and should be before them.
If you want to hitch your colt, put him in a tolerably wide stall which should not be too long, and should be connected by a bar or something of that kind to the partition behind it; so that, after the colt is in he cannot get far enough back to take a straight, backward pull on the halter.
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