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post #4071 of 29437 Old 07-12-2012, 09:47 AM
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On another forum someone asked about correcting someone's horse.


The great thing was that he never chewed his reins after this incident. His owner, who thought slapping him a good one would make him head shy, learned a valuable lesson in that being firm and fair worked wonders.

I do not care if it is a dog, horse or child or if the owner/parent is present, if they need correcting and those people will not do it, I will. Never nastily, but firmly and fairly.
I recently sent someone a Youtube message as they seemed to think that rope chewing was amusing - likened it to dental floss - the only concern seemed to be that hanging ropes around a paddock fence looked untidy. Completely ignored the fact that the horses were chewing because they were bored or maybe had some mineral deficiency but also had no concept of the dangers of it. Stuff like rope isn't digestible and if it doesn't 'go through' then its going to cause a potentially fatal blockage. I used to go out on calls with a vet friend in the days when most UK practices were mixed so often they didn't have a horse minded vet nurse. We once pulled a whole length of lead rope from a horse that had swallowed as it chewed, the hysterical owner was just hanging on to the clip at the end - she had never seen his chewing as a worry.
I am sick of all this 'I don't want him to hate me if I hit him attitude' If my horses deserve a slap they get a slap and they don't hate me for it, they just know whats expected. Its these spoilt horses that eventually end up in the slaughter yards
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post #4072 of 29437 Old 07-12-2012, 10:15 AM
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I accidently went into the wrong thread a minute ago! It was the 20something thread... I feel dirty. Someone hose me down!

I shove a lead rope in my horses mouth when he gets antsy sometimes when the farrier is doing his thing. That is not actually a bad thing...?
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I had a client whose horse used to colic on a regular basis, he has been for a colic op. I got cross with him one day when she had not come to the yard and we started colicing again. I smacked his ass put him in his stable with grass and told him he was being a baby. The Colicing stopped. She sold him off and I lost touch with him, to my surprise he showed up in my life again, still pulling the same stunt. The owner called me one day while he was in a full blown bout of colic almost dead when I got to the yard, he heard my voice jumped up on his feet had a crap leaving vet and owner standing with mouths wide open. Never coliced again while I am about.
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I had a client whose horse used to colic on a regular basis, he has been for a colic op. I got cross with him one day when she had not come to the yard and we started colicing again. I smacked his ass put him in his stable with grass and told him he was being a baby. The Colicing stopped. She sold him off and I lost touch with him, to my surprise he showed up in my life again, still pulling the same stunt. The owner called me one day while he was in a full blown bout of colic almost dead when I got to the yard, he heard my voice jumped up on his feet had a crap leaving vet and owner standing with mouths wide open. Never coliced again while I am about.
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Hahaha omg devious isn't he?
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Hahaha omg devious isn't he?
very much so. They clever and owners and riders must be one ahead I think or you going to have a brat worse than a child.
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I accidently went into the wrong thread a minute ago! It was the 20something thread... I feel dirty. Someone hose me down!

I shove a lead rope in my horses mouth when he gets antsy sometimes when the farrier is doing his thing. That is not actually a bad thing...?
Keep away from those young people they will only lead you astray!!!!
I've done similar myself in an emergency type situation when leading a horse that suddenly starts to get a bit headstrong for some reason best known to themselves. It isn't the same as chewing or allowing them to chew but if it was a regular occurence I'd be more inclined to put a bridle on as you have better control
People that think that bits don't make a difference have never had anything with a bit of attitude!!!
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I've done similar myself in an emergency type situation when leading a horse that suddenly starts to get a bit headstrong for some reason best known to themselves. It isn't the same as chewing or allowing them to chew but if it was a regular occurence I'd be more inclined to put a bridle on as you have better control
This has happened to me only a couple of times. I take the lead rope and FIRMLY AND AGGRESSIVELY drive that horse backwards. It wasn't long at all before they decided that calmly forward was much easier and way more pleasant.
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Hahaha I came across a couple of picts of Hunter the day his previous owner brought him home from auction. She felt so bad for him as no one was bidding on him. I really have to thank her for picking him up that day.

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I had only one experience with a young mare that was allowed to chew on everything. We had a her a very short time before she'd chewed through the reins on one of my better bridles. I was furious. After that everyone learned why we try to discourage that behavior from day one.
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Hunter65, what did you use on his tail. I have two paints that could use a little spiffing up!

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