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    06-07-2012, 05:29 AM
  #11
Yearling
What I'm hearing is a horse that's getting more calories, protein, alfalfa, whatever, than he needs and less exercise than than he needs. He sounds sort of wired. I'd cut him back to straight grass hay and the senior feed. If he's owned by a festival (?) they can afford mats for under the horses feed bowls to help with the sand problem.

He's walking ahead of you and head butting you? I don't care how "nervous" he is that is disrespectful! He might be less nervous and more secure with boundaries. If his previous owner was afraid of him, he may be used to running all over people. This needs to stop. It's sometimes amazing how horses can calm down when they know their limitations; when someone else is in charge. Horses are a lot like kids. They like knowing someone sets limits for them: it helps make their world predicatable. A nervous horse needs a predicatable world, it gives him less to worry about. So don't excuse his behavior because he's nervous. That's just another reason to make sure he behaves!
     
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    06-07-2012, 09:36 AM
  #12
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I wouldn't blame the hay right off the bat. I'm not sure if I read too fast or not so I'm going to ask, has he been ridden? Have you ridden him?

The thing about a TWH is that they are actually very kind animals and they have huge hearts. Even when they are terrified (in my experience) they will do what the handler asks (if they trust said person). Both walkers I've owned have come to me afraid of people and very timid and/or jumpy. They've settled tremendously with just a small amount of handling and a little bit of trust.

A lot of walking horses look very hot on the ground, it's the way they move and some are very go-ey. Usually though, they arent' nearly as hot as they appear. Do you have any experience with rescues?


(I wanted to say more but I am work and have to flip machines)
     
    06-07-2012, 09:36 AM
  #13
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Originally Posted by HagonNag    
What I'm hearing is a horse that's getting more calories, protein, alfalfa, whatever, than he needs and less exercise than than he needs. He sounds sort of wired. I'd cut him back to straight grass hay and the senior feed. If he's owned by a festival (?) they can afford mats for under the horses feed bowls to help with the sand problem.

He's walking ahead of you and head butting you? I don't care how "nervous" he is that is disrespectful! He might be less nervous and more secure with boundaries. If his previous owner was afraid of him, he may be used to running all over people. This needs to stop. It's sometimes amazing how horses can calm down when they know their limitations; when someone else is in charge. Horses are a lot like kids. They like knowing someone sets limits for them: it helps make their world predicatable. A nervous horse needs a predicatable world, it gives him less to worry about. So don't excuse his behavior because he's nervous. That's just another reason to make sure he behaves!
I must not have read very well. I missed the walking ahead and head butting. I agree. That's disrespect and must be handled.
     
    06-07-2012, 09:45 AM
  #14
Trained
Awe very nice horses
Good luck with them especially Chance
     
    06-07-2012, 05:34 PM
  #15
Yearling
When he's in the pasture, the head butting and cutting you off aren't happening, but when he's being worked or walked, or in a stressful situation, his nervous ticks come out and becomes a handful. If he's not pawing, he's shaking his head. If he' not shaking his head, he's cutting you off when moving. And if he's not moving, and you're not letting him paw, he rubs against you and pretty much head butts you.

We're working on them and so far he's been doing really well. We do ride him, and our trainer has mentioned many times, as you have stated before, farm pony, he's got a big heart and really likes to please.

Chance has really come a ways. I took him out last sunday, and he was remarkably calm until the end of practice when there was so much going on at once, and it was a bit too stressful for him. Things still spook him, but with the spooky things we have laying out, it doesn't take much until he gets over it.

As for experience with rescues... 4/6 of the festivals horses are rescues, however, Chance is the first that I've had to help rehabilitate. The others had already been worked with enough that they're not spooky or needing anything extra.
     

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