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post #31 of 35 Old 06-07-2013, 12:24 AM
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Im NOT ok at all with my horse being dangerous me or anyone else. If I DO smack him or anything he loses his friggin marbles and gets worse. I would rather take the more sympathetic approach than escalate things. Control is NOT a good word to use with horses. Do we really control 1000 lb animals? Heck no. They choose to cooperate with us. You think you can win a physical fight with an animal that can kill you in the blink of an eye without a rifle? Double no. Its not my fault the horse is this way. I have only had him a year. I knew nothing of his issues with the vet until after the sale and after I fell in love with him because the previous owner decided to tell me last minute.

I guess we fundamentally disagree from this and your other post.

I disagree with you, I treat my horse with respect, I can tell you I only whopped him once when he charged at me when I first bought him. I've never had to do it since. But I will.

If I don't need to, I don't and won't. I am not a horse beater, but heck if I have a 1000lb animal trying to hurt me, you bet your dollar I will hurt him.


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And "knocking the snot" out of a horse that is already scared crapless of the vet will only serve to confirm his fears instead of having him see that the vet isn't all that bad

Your choices, keep going as you are, and have a dangerous horse that you are asking for advise about, you can keep posting about that as the horse gets worse, or you can listen to what most people are telling you. Are you an Natural Horsemanship person?

I am not saying tie your horse to a tree, and just beat it. I don't do that, but if my horse does something to threaten my safety, I go at him, worst voice and arms in the world. He is off when I do that, in fear. I don't think that's a bad thing, he could kill me if he wanted to. If I am mad, I shouldn't be saying bad boy, he should know it, feel it.
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And "knocking the snot" out of a horse that is already scared crapless of the vet will only serve to confirm his fears instead of having him see that the vet isn't all that bad

Well my gelding is scared of the vet and needles when he went flying backwards eyes big and me on the end of rope. Sorry I don't tolerate that crap he got the snot knocked right out of him.

He stood still after that and never has had another issue with vet...... same goes with farrier they better stand still period...
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I guess we fundamentally disagree from this and your other post.

I disagree with you, I treat my horse with respect, I can tell you I only whopped him once when he charged at me when I first bought him. I've never had to do it since. But I will.

If I don't need to, I don't and won't. I am not a horse beater, but heck if I have a 1000lb animal trying to hurt me, you bet your dollar I will hurt him.





Your choices, keep going as you are, and have a dangerous horse that you are asking for advise about, you can keep posting about that as the horse gets worse, or you can listen to what most people are telling you. Are you an Natural Horsemanship person?

I am not saying tie your horse to a tree, and just beat it. I don't do that, but if my horse does something to threaten my safety, I go at him, worst voice and arms in the world. He is off when I do that, in fear. I don't think that's a bad thing, he could kill me if he wanted to. If I am mad, I shouldn't be saying bad boy, he should know it, feel it.


I suppose you have a point

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My horse is absolutely TERRIBLE for the vet when it comes to shots, anything else she is perfect for. We use a chain and blindfold her and she's fine -- she knows something is up, but can't see it so she behaves.

She ALSO has scars on her butt (and her past is iffy) Before I had 100% control over her (I "leased" her from people and then bought her) She was TERRIBLE with her feet, dewormer, etc, now she stands still. You can TELL she's nervous and uptight, but she sure as hell stands there.

So yes, blindfolding may help, it did in my case. She does have to be drugged in order to check her teeth though.
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post #35 of 35 Old 06-07-2013, 01:19 PM
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Chain or rope over the upper gum.

I took my horse to a show just a few weeks after I got him- his first show ever- and when we went to load him up to go home he lost it and bolted back to the show barn, twice, breaking his lead rope in the process. He has a big, thick neck and realized he could just look away from me and I wouldn't have the leverage to stop him. My friend who was trailering him (and who is also a vet) rigged up a lip "chain" with a thin rope she had handy and showed me how to use it. He started to turn his head to pull his bolting stunt again, I gave one quick tug on the lip rope and he got into the trailer without any more fuss. I've trailered him a lot more since then and now he loads and unloads like a champ, no "aids" required.
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