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        02-09-2009, 12:45 PM
      #21
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by PiggyPablo    
    Could it be his teeth are bothering him? Like how babies' teeth hurt? You should get him a jolly ball to play with. Just keep working with him and exposing him to as many things as you can...the more the better at his age. This is his "molding" time to learn and know that you're boss :)

    That's really what I am trying to do is just get him used to things and being touched and stuff.. He was not handled much before I got him.
         
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        02-09-2009, 12:47 PM
      #22
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by jemmamalone    
    Heres a question, I know your teaching him with his feet are you doing any more training with him? Maybe he is just getting a little overwhelmed with everything your trying to teach him and venting it with biting. Just a suggestion?

    Not really I have just been rubbing him a lot getting use to being handled and then just picking up his feet.
         
        02-09-2009, 01:47 PM
      #23
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Remali    
    Jemmamalone....tell us about your Arabian....we'd love to hear about her!
    Well she is a 5 year old arabian mare. My fiance braught her about a week ago for my birthday tomorrow and I kept her where she was before moving her saturday to her new home. She was a fantastic horse where she was previously. Would let me touch her all over. Stand to be groomed. Followed me around the field etc. Hadnt ridden her as have no tack as yet. Then I moved her to her new home and as to be expected she got a little hyper and started flaunting around showing off etc. She has only been there a day and a half as of yesturday and was calming down better. We put her in pasture for 2 hours and then braught her back in to her little pen. We are introducing her to her new friends slowly as she didnt have much grass where she was and we don't want her to founder. She knew it was feed time so she was pulling a little coming back to the yard but she listened with me and didnt pull me to hard. I would say she is about 14hh-15hh and im onli 5ft 1 so she was understanding that she shouldnt pull. And she listened to that was good. But then that night it started the thunder and lightening and I guess she was freaking out pretty bad as the lady who owns the ranch she is on gave me a call and said she had put her in the stable as she was freaking out and if I wanted to go over and hang out I was more thenw elcome. So I did to make sure she was ok. And when I was talking to the lady she told me that when she braught her in to the stall that she some how pinned her up against the wall.(jaxx pinned her up) jaxx is my mares name fyi. So anyways I don't know how she did but she don't me she managed to gain control and put her in the stable where she continued to freak out. So two things came to mind here. Either she was really scared with the storm and she hasnt beena round horses for almost half a year as she was on her own at the other place. And she is still getting used to being there. Remember this was sunday night and she was transported saturday evening. OR maybe she wasnt as good as I thought she was and needs alot more ground work. Which im hoping isnt the case coz she was so sweet at her old home and don't see her changing that much. Well sorry this is a bit long but tell me what you think. I would put a picture up but I don't knw how sorry lol
         
        02-09-2009, 03:25 PM
      #24
    Foal
    I bought my boy when he was 6 months old. He was a little devil and gave me no respect. It really just takes time and CONSISTENCY. He would pretty much try and walk all over me when he was young, pull on the lead, shove his shoulder into me, nip me on the butt alll the time. I had had plenty of experience with horses before him so I new the way to treat him in order for him to respect me. You have to be really strike when they are naughty (haha, I love that term), but also give tons of positive reinforcement when they are good. Horses are supposed to pick up on things 4 times faster then humans!! (I can see that it makes sense since they are prey animals and their lives depend on it).

    So, pretty much what I did was read a lot and went to some demonstrations. I saw the Parelli demonstration and it was really educational. One thing that has helped me with the biting and respecting my space was something called "hide the hiney". Odd as it may seem, it does work. When the horse nips you or drags/pushes against you and you are leading him, you need to quickly turn your body away from them and smack them on the butt with the end of your lead. I forget the reasoning of why exactly this works but I am sure you can check it out on the internet somewhere. Smacking them with the leadrope sounds mean but I am not talking about thrashing them with it, just one straight up smack - then continue on as you were doing. WHen you put it into perspective, they are horses, BIG animals, so that one smack from you with the rope doesn't really hurt them, but more or less gets the point across. Also, if they nip, do not playfight with them, because that is what they are looking for and will just continue. AND, don't "get up in their face" area b/c that could lead to a horse being head shy.

    I most likey babbled but I hope you got something out of there.
         
        02-09-2009, 03:29 PM
      #25
    Foal
    Your horse needs awhile to get used to her new home and owner. A month or two is not too much time for her to really settle in and feel comfortable.
         
        02-09-2009, 03:34 PM
      #26
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by cfesnoux    
    I bought my boy when he was 6 months old. He was a little devil and gave me no respect. It really just takes time and CONSISTENCY. He would pretty much try and walk all over me when he was young, pull on the lead, shove his shoulder into me, nip me on the butt alll the time. I had had plenty of experience with horses before him so I new the way to treat him in order for him to respect me. You have to be really strike when they are naughty (haha, I love that term), but also give tons of positive reinforcement when they are good. Horses are supposed to pick up on things 4 times faster then humans!! (I can see that it makes sense since they are prey animals and their lives depend on it).

    So, pretty much what I did was read a lot and went to some demonstrations. I saw the Parelli demonstration and it was really educational. One thing that has helped me with the biting and respecting my space was something called "hide the hiney". Odd as it may seem, it does work. When the horse nips you or drags/pushes against you and you are leading him, you need to quickly turn your body away from them and smack them on the butt with the end of your lead. I forget the reasoning of why exactly this works but I am sure you can check it out on the internet somewhere. Smacking them with the leadrope sounds mean but I am not talking about thrashing them with it, just one straight up smack - then continue on as you were doing. WHen you put it into perspective, they are horses, BIG animals, so that one smack from you with the rope doesn't really hurt them, but more or less gets the point across. Also, if they nip, do not playfight with them, because that is what they are looking for and will just continue. AND, don't "get up in their face" area b/c that could lead to a horse being head shy.

    I most likey babbled but I hope you got something out of there.
    Thankyou this really helped although I have also been told that arabians don't like to be 'smacked' so to speak. I know that im not going to be abusive towards her but I don't want her to get the impression that im hitting her and therefore she will think I am abusingher? If this makes sence :S
         
        02-09-2009, 08:12 PM
      #27
    Foal
    No horse likes to be smacked. In fact, I do not even pat my horse on the neck when I am riding but rather pet it. If I were the horse I would rather a pet rather than a pat....
    It really depends on where you "smack" the horse. I really hate using that term b/c it does sound abusive but there is a distinct difference. Overall, you just need to be ultra aware of your body in relation to his/hers. I find it fascinating all the different messages a person sends out with their body alone... you don't even need your voice at all.
    As for the ambushing, once again, it depends on the context and the situation of it. You do not want to intimidate a horse by coming straight up to their head with your body erect but rather approach them more or less at a concave angle. Anyways, before I go off on another tangent, I will just let you know that the work I have done with my lad (and it really made a diff in the first few years of his life, now we is more or less in a pattern of trust and friendship) has defiantly paid off, for he is an extremely good boy and best friend. My accomplishments with him have really made me the proudest yet. I think that is the ultimate goal when it comes to horses - to create an amazing, deep friendship that it took a lot of work to make.

    It is obviously your decision on how you bring your horse up, just remember that positive reinforcement is key!
         
        02-09-2009, 11:45 PM
      #28
    Weanling
    Thankyou that has really helped I was with her today and she was trying to see how far she could push me. She would constantly move when I was trying to groom her and would constantly paw the ground but I took control and she was starting to understand that I was 'boss' and for both of our safety she would have to calm down and listen to what I was saying as so did i
         
        02-10-2009, 01:50 PM
      #29
    Foal
    Cool.
    So, you got your new mare already? Or is it this saturday? Well I am excited for you; I miss working with my boy.
    Being and working with horses can be one of the most rewarding experiences. All that time and bonding..
         
        02-10-2009, 02:24 PM
      #30
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by cfesnoux    
    cool.
    So, you got your new mare already? Or is it this saturday? Well I am excited for you; I miss working with my boy.
    Being and working with horses can be one of the most rewarding experiences. All that time and bonding..
    It was last sat that I got her... I should update my status lol. Yeah I know back in england I have a vanner cob who I got when he was wild and trained him to be a fantastic horse now. He is loaned out at the moment but he is just so lovely. I had only worked with cobs though so didnt really want to do the same training I did with him with her as I know she is a different breed etc. She was trying to play me a little bit yesterday when I was grooming her but I soon got her under control. She didnt like it that she couldnt put she around but she started to understand that she needed to knock it off and act nicly. My main concern was that there is alot of children at the yard that im at and I can't have her being bulshy around them if they was to bring her in etc. She needs to behave and she is starting to understand that. I know it will take time but arabians are clever horses so hopefully she will start to calm down in her new home soon and start acting responsably :o)
         

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