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post #11 of 13 Old 03-06-2014, 03:40 PM
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For the mare that turns her butt to you, quickly step out and nail her hard on the rump with a lunge whip which will keep you at a safe distance. She'll likely be too surprised to kick out but don't count on it. Don't enter the stall until she keeps both eyes glued on you and stays on the far wall. You approach her, she's not to approach you.
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post #12 of 13 Old 03-06-2014, 04:24 PM
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I work at a barn with a few horses similar to those you're describing. I've taken it into my own hands to provide verbal encouragement to settle them down ("good boy! Gooood boooy" say it slowly while putting the halters on and when they walk well for you), keep eye contact, try to feel the way a horse feels and calm them through body language, pressure/release, and verbal encouragement. Works for me! Try to develop a relationship with each horse even if you only handle them for 5 minutes a day, make them remember you, and your calm, gentle, but firm nature.
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Update!
Everything went much better today. The couple of horses that gave me problems in the stalls got taught a little lesson today. After I switched them into a different stall, I backed them up to the back wall, closed the stall door, took off their halter, and gave them a pat. If they tried to rush out of the stall door, they got backed right up to the wall again.

The trainer was there today and he gave me many welcoming smiles. He came right after I finished with his horses, so he didn't get to see how I was handling his horses.
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