Originally Posted by dimmers_double View Post
sorry if im being confusing. Yes, I do have experiance in working with youngsters but none that are this big!!!! She is easily 1000 lbs at 17 months old.
OK - I don't have experience with really young horses, but my 5 yrold is 17.5 hands and had NO manners when I got her this summer, nor had she ever had a rider. I can now trust her with my 11yr old leading her around and grazing at home and I ride her regularly.
its kind of intimidating.
still small enough to knock around or at least they think they are.
See how this is a mind thing? Your mind vs. theirs. Be assertive and don't let her get away with anything! Always, always be on her. You are her new mama now and mama certainly wouldn't put up with misbehavior. Use body language all the time and remember leverage points. I'm fairly tall, so it may be easier for me, but I often push her around at her poll. I use nose and chin pressure. I use sharp (semi-loud and fast) noises when she intrudes on me and I use whatever I have in my hand at the time to make myself bigger -- longer arms, taller, wider... whatever the situ needs. I have also taught her to lower her head on command right down to the ground. OK, I'm still working on that being 100%, but she gets the idea and that's a very submissive thing. Body language works for all people sizes, BTW. Even my 11 yr old can intimidate my mare now. It was harder to train the kid than the horse!
As for the horse getting used to the buggy whip -- 10 ft if she is facing you may be too much of a distance to tell her to back off. I wouldn't do it that far away, but maybe other people have other experiences with that. You don't want her to be scared of you either. At any rate, if need be, hit her with the whip, but I only would do that if you feel you are in danger. The whip is a tool not a punishment. It's your arm, only longer. She has to recognize the discipline as coming from YOU not the whip.
Hope this helps. Can't write more because I'm on lunch, but I'll watch for a reply.