Join Date: May 2010
Location: Northern California
I never scratch my kids while they are haltered or bridle, just because I like it when they stand quietly while I am at their side. It just drives me nuts to see a horse rub and bump its handler.
When teaching a horse not to rub, it strickly depends on the horse. I would never hit a sensitive horse, because if they started to rub and catch themselves, or if you moved in a way that would make them believe they did something wrong, they could jerk their head away and that could cause problems not to mention possible injury to the handler. Instead, I would jerk the lead, ask them to back, or shout at them just before they touchted you. However, if its a tough horse I would elbow them in the face, gentely back hand their nose, or slap thier neck.
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