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        04-25-2012, 09:47 AM
      #11
    mls
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by hemms    
    I own a boarding barn and I encourage anyone to walk in the pasture with a stick if ever they don't feel safe.
    I disagree.

    So what about the horses that folks have misused whips and sticks? Is it ok to terrorize them by carrying a stick with you into general population? Or to put the others horses/humans at risk because a horse starts running from the whip/stick?

    ONE horse needs to have manners trained into it. Not fair to penalize the rest of the herd. (and their owners)
         
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        04-25-2012, 10:04 AM
      #12
    Trained
    Personally, I would not be moving to this barn.....the drama has started and you are not even there yet.
         
        04-25-2012, 09:06 PM
      #13
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by mls    
    I disagree.

    So what about the horses that folks have misused whips and sticks? Is it ok to terrorize them by carrying a stick with you into general population? Or to put the others horses/humans at risk because a horse starts running from the whip/stick?

    ONE horse needs to have manners trained into it. Not fair to penalize the rest of the herd. (and their owners)

    From the picture you're painting, I'm visualising a tiny pen packed with horses and someone whirling a whip about, willy-nilly. Of course, this would be dangerous and unfair.

    I'm talking about wagging your crop like a big naughty finger (being prepared to pop it on someone who presents real danger) or twirling the end of your lead rope like a fan. Try chasing a 'terrorised horse' in a 10 acre pasture. You'll tire out LONG before that horse becomes afraid of you.

    Our pasture has an acre per horse. That's plenty of room for everyone to stay clear of anything they don't like. An animal that has been abused by any equipment entering its environment is most likely to avoid it at the first opportunity. It's the horses that approach you and/or your horse without respect that we're concerned about. If an owner has a horse at the bottom of the pecking order, they should still be able to walk through the entire herd without them or their horse being targeted. That is something you need to expect and demand, for your own safety when leading a horse. The horse you're leading needs to defer to your leadership at all times while in-hand. How unfair is it to remove it's defenses and then refuse to protect it? If that animal cannot trust you then, how does it know it can trust you any other time?

    I used to work in a tight corral with over 20 cranky trail horses. We had to stand up for ourselves and every horse there knew that when people entered that space, all bickering stopped. When that structure was not maintained, people got hurt.

    I would never keep my horse in tight quarters as a way of life. Camping, yes we use small corrals, but we group horses according to relationships and we're WORKING all day so that they are tired when they go into the pens. A horse's mental health is impacted HUGELY by its environement. How well would you do inside 4 tiny 'walls'? Horses kept like this are made dangerous by a lack of outlet and stimulation. You can't hop a kid up on sugar and expect him to listen, any more than you can cage a dog all day and expect him to be mellow when you let him out.

    Jmo.
         
        05-02-2012, 03:18 PM
      #14
    Green Broke
    Yeh I can see being forced to carry a stick and other forms of defensive weaponry just to get my horse out of a group field is so much better than separate paddocks. You don't have private fields in your area because people don't ask for them. Horses still get socialization with other horses they are just on the other side of a fence. It is not hard, it is not expensive, people just have to open their minds a bit.
         
        05-02-2012, 06:14 PM
      #15
    Green Broke
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    Originally Posted by Joe4d    
    yeh I can see being forced to carry a stick and other forms of defensive weaponry just to get my horse out of a group field is so much better than separate paddocks. You don't have private fields in your area because people don't ask for them. Horses still get socialization with other horses they are just on the other side of a fence. It is not hard, it is not expensive, people just have to open their minds a bit.
    You must board in a VERY nice barn or have a LOT of money to spare or have your own place. I'm in MD and the VAST MAJORITY of barns around me don't have the space for individual turnout - either they don't have the acreage or they don't have the fencing in place (which would in turn reduce the size of an existing pasture). The few that I've seen that even have it as an option have a monthly board fee of $700 and up.

    It's not punishing the whole herd when ONE horse is rude and pushy and acts the pest. If the rest of the herd is behaving, then no one bothers them either.

    To the OP:
    How the horse acts with its owner doesn't really reflect how it will act with your horse. You can most certainly teach said horse to respect YOUR space (though you definitely should not have to). Personally, I wouldn't board my horse with a draft because my horse is little and a draft could really beat the heck out of him much more than an average horse could.
         
        05-02-2012, 07:46 PM
      #16
    Green Broke
    Its not expensive, and it isnt anything to do with nice, just people willing to do things a bit different. Seems the big BO;s here are terribly afraid of change and keep hiding behind this "super expensive". Smokescreen to keep their boarders from seeing the light and refusing to put up with the drama and problems caused by mixed owner pastures.
         
        05-02-2012, 08:03 PM
      #17
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Joe4d    
    its not expensive, and it isnt anything to do with nice, just people willing to do things a bit different. Seems the big BO;s here are terribly afraid of change and keep hiding behind this "super expensive". Smokescreen to keep their boarders from seeing the light and refusing to put up with the drama and problems caused by mixed owner pastures.
    Sorry Joe, that is just too wrong to even comment on.
         
        05-02-2012, 08:48 PM
      #18
    Showing
    TriO any updates?

    Also mixed pens are fine. All the horses know I am boss when I go out there, no lunge whip or crop needed. I do fine with a halter and leadrope if they threaten me.

    My horse used to be in a different pen (same barn) and there were two horses that I personally cannot stand. Their owner rides them recklessly and they are hot as heck on the ground too. Well once those horses ran over someone at the barn because they didn't establish they were herd leader.. they let their guard down. And they got hurt because of it.

    Now when I was in there, they tried any funny business and I'd make them regret that considerably. They weren't scared of me, I'm a little thing. But they respected me.

    This draft sounds like he has no respect for his owner, and thus no respect for you. I believe if you show him your boundaries and enforce them, he will respect you and not be any trouble. But be careful!!!
         
        05-02-2012, 09:01 PM
      #19
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by DancingArabian    
    You must board in a VERY nice barn or have a LOT of money to spare or have your own place. I'm in MD and the VAST MAJORITY of barns around me don't have the space for individual turnout - either they don't have the acreage or they don't have the fencing in place (which would in turn reduce the size of an existing pasture). The few that I've seen that even have it as an option have a monthly board fee of $700 and up.

    It's not punishing the whole herd when ONE horse is rude and pushy and acts the pest. If the rest of the herd is behaving, then no one bothers them either.

    To the OP:
    How the horse acts with its owner doesn't really reflect how it will act with your horse. You can most certainly teach said horse to respect YOUR space (though you definitely should not have to). Personally, I wouldn't board my horse with a draft because my horse is little and a draft could really beat the heck out of him much more than an average horse could.

    You have obviously not met many. That is a ridiculous statement. Sort of like me saying I hate all Arabians because they act like idiots and don't have 2 grey cells to rub together. Gross generalization, right?

    A disrespecful horse has nothing to do with the SIZE of it.
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        05-02-2012, 10:29 PM
      #20
    Weanling
    Our largest horse is a 16hh (and growing) shire. He's near the bottom of the hierarchy with the other foolish boys and his best buddy is our 10hh gotland pony.

    If anyone spends 5 minutes with me they know that I am the blatant opposite of smoke screens. Large BO? Our herd, including our own 3 horses, is at a whopping 10 (our limit, btw). We offer a pressure-free atmosphere in which we keep horses as naturally as we can provide. This does not mean we ignore them. To the contrary, we take fecals before deworming, we have a chiro on call, our farrier comes every 6 weeks without fail and we're even participating in a titre study to establish the safest vaccination protocols. We're proud of the tidy little barn we operate and are happy to share it with anyone who appreciates the same equine lifestyle we do.

    Anyone who has the body language can enter our herd without a stick or even a rope. It is simply about owning your space and demanding respect. For those with less experience, or for those days when the herd is feeling randy, I simply want to provide options for personal safety.

    One of my proudest parts of our tour to potential new boarders is introducing them to our herd. Everyone is friendly and content. It is because they feel secure in their place with us. Every horse is approachable and sweet. Don't own your space and they just may mob you to beat each other in the race for your affection. Close quarters, bickering horses, lack of respect for a person... all equal an accident lurking in the shadows.

    Around here, $700/mo doesn't get you individual turnout - lol!
         

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