When I work with horses, or with any specific one of them I try to gain a bond with them, and get them used to how I am instead of having multiple people doing different things than what they are used to. Take Tana for example. I love her to tidbits, and I am working extremely hard to undo what her previous owners have done, and I tend to dislike very much, when others come up to her, make comments on her behavior, or even try to "help" me handle her. Mind you, this is only when dealing with people who I don't feel are competent to work with any horse, let alone, the one I bust my butt over.
I try not to give her treats, yet the owners spoil her still by tossing bread every now and then out to the horses just to 'see them react.' It makes me angry.
Bringing her out to the practices I know will make me extra irked, because the more people around, the more tension she can bounce off of, and the more tension she bounces off of, the more angsty and uncontrollable she becomes. But it is a necessity for her to learn so I am willing to take that risk.
Tana's not my horse, but I know her a hell of a lot better than most of the people I work with so I don't know if I have the say so to tell them to go away and leave her alone if I feel they are becoming more of a nuisance than a help. A pat or two will be good but there are some people that I work with who might do something on purpose that they think is 'wise.'
I've probably gotten off track, and made an extremely long post, but. Has anyone else had any 'bad influences'? And if so, how did they deal with it?