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    02-21-2012, 03:52 AM
I agree, times a million!
So what are some good excersizes the human owner can do to improve thier own attitude around thier horse if they are shaky and afraid?
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    02-21-2012, 04:01 AM
I have a spoiled diva of a mare....but I'll be ****ed if she does not respect my space and knows who is boss.
She is not pushy in the slightest, but spoiled she most certainly is :)
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    02-21-2012, 11:03 AM
OctoberArabian it is a matter of spending lots of time with the animal and learning what to expect that in a way is reverse training of the human. By putting yourself in a "scary" situation that makes you nervous with the horse and coming through it alive you are "desensitizing" yourself and gaining confidence. Imagine YOU are the spooky little mare and you ve to get over a need exposed to the fear until it doesn't effect you anymore. I think all the times I have been bucked, reared on, ran off with, and everything in between has actually helped me to be a better more confident horseperson because I know it's not that bad really. It takes time time time and do exactly what you expect your horse to do. They get shaky and nervous alot when they are afraid right? You expose yourself just like you would your horse to a situation you are afraid of, again & again...eventually you come to understand, it's never as bad as it is in your head.
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    02-21-2012, 11:18 AM
Originally Posted by sierrams1123    
I have a spoiled diva of a mare....but I'll be ****ed if she does not respect my space and knows who is boss.
She is not pushy in the slightest, but spoiled she most certainly is :)
Mine are spoiled - rotten. However, they know the limits and they respect me. "Quit" in a very firm tone and they do quit. Body language is also a very important part of dealing with horses.
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    02-21-2012, 12:02 PM
Originally Posted by herdbound    
OctoberArabian it is a matter of spending lots of time with the animal and learning what to expect that in a way is reverse training of the human.
I had to get over my fears after being hurt by a bad throw. THEN, I kept looking at badly trained horses and even got thrown by one I was trying. I wasn't afraid before this. MY advice is like above, T I M E spent with your horse.
Make a list of every basic obedience and jot down how YOUR horse behaves. This is where your start.
Then you work on the ground on every one of them until your are SO BORED and your horse is behaving SO WELL that you just have to move on to the next thing. I have a friend who adopted a Mustang and her foal. She spent one solid year spending time talking to the mare in her stall before she ever started working with her, and now has her broken and solidly trained. Yes, SOMETIMES it takes that long.
Read this thread:
This is how we train a fearless trail horse!
If you still don't know how a horse SHOULD behave, PM me and I'll give you a detailed list. =D
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    02-21-2012, 09:20 PM
I find the word spoiled has a negative connotation, like a spoiled bratty child. My horses are respectful, I spend as much time with them as I can, tend to their needs, pay their bills. To me that is good horsemanship, not spoiling them.
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    02-21-2012, 09:43 PM
Nope I equate "spoiling" with "ruining". Spoiling by buying them the best has no effect on the horse unless yours is smarter than mine and can read price tags ;)
    02-24-2012, 02:01 AM
Tehe my little pony tries every now and then. She'll inch closer to me trying to see how close she can get before I stop her. It's kind of cute that she thinks I don't notice and acts like "woah I wasn't doing anything, honest!" when I correct her for starting to crowd me.
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