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    08-03-2013, 12:21 AM
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Laying ears back

My horse lays his ears back at me sometimes for no reason. Is it just habit, or is it disrespect?
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    08-03-2013, 12:22 AM
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When I say no reason, I mean I'm not touching him, grooming, messing with him, etc. I may just walk by and he'll do it. Not always, but sometimes.
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    08-03-2013, 12:31 AM
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Yearling
Is he just flicking them back or is he pinning them?
     
    08-03-2013, 12:33 AM
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Showing
Are you talking just pointing them backward like this


Or are you talking honest-to-goodness pinned flat to his neck like this
     
    08-03-2013, 12:54 AM
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Pinned and nose crinkled, but no move is made to bite.
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    08-03-2013, 01:02 AM
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Showing
Likely lack of respect. Make sure you correct that right away by making them move away from you immediately.
     
    08-03-2013, 01:07 AM
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Showing
When he does this, is it usually when you are just walking past or does he ever give you the stink eye whenever you go to catch him? If he only ever does it when you happen to be walking past, then he may be testing the water for more aggressive actions. If you just sort of ignore it and continue on your way, he may have begun to believe that he was winning those very small situations.

Whenever he pinned them at me, I'd drive him off rather aggressively. You don't need to hit him to do it, just raise your arms above your head to make yourself "big", and give a loud holler. If he doesn't move off quickly, clap your hands together above your head, continue with the loud noise, and move toward him (but stay out of kicking range). That will usually drive off all but the most aggressive of horses. If that doesn't work, start carrying a whip with you and use that to drive him off.

Do this each time he shows you a "nasty face". If he comes back toward you later on with a nice look on his face, then go ahead and give him a scratch in his favorite spot but if he starts looking nasty again, drive him away.

He's making an attempt to prove himself the alpha over you. While it's relatively minor actions right now, if it's allowed to continue it will likely get worse and may progress to biting or charging.
     
    08-03-2013, 01:15 AM
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Originally Posted by smrobs    
When he does this, is it usually when you are just walking past or does he ever give you the stink eye whenever you go to catch him? If he only ever does it when you happen to be walking past, then he may be testing the water for more aggressive actions. If you just sort of ignore it and continue on your way, he may have begun to believe that he was winning those very small situations.

Whenever he pinned them at me, I'd drive him off rather aggressively. You don't need to hit him to do it, just raise your arms above your head to make yourself "big", and give a loud holler. If he doesn't move off quickly, clap your hands together above your head, continue with the loud noise, and move toward him (but stay out of kicking range). That will usually drive off all but the most aggressive of horses. If that doesn't work, start carrying a whip with you and use that to drive him off.

Do this each time he shows you a "nasty face". If he comes back toward you later on with a nice look on his face, then go ahead and give him a scratch in his favorite spot but if he starts looking nasty again, drive him away.

He's making an attempt to prove himself the alpha over you. While it's relatively minor actions right now, if it's allowed to continue it will likely get worse and may progress to biting or charging.
Ok, I will do this.
It happens when I have him caught. He also does it sometimes if I start touching on him, but it goes along with when he makes the nasty face when I walk by/come up to him.
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    08-03-2013, 01:18 AM
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Weanling
Pinning ears is not ok. Good advice above. Make sure you have a whip with you, and do not let him push you back, stand your ground but be safe.
     
    08-16-2013, 11:44 PM
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Started
Ok so I do what you all suggested, and he'll back off, but then he goes right back to doing it.
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