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post #1 of 8 Old 03-12-2012, 06:45 PM Thread Starter
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Is my horse disrespecting me?

I don't know if my horse is pushing me out of their space me or showing me affection. After I have a really good ride and my horse is really tired, he just out of the blue starts rubbing his head on my arm. He started doing it a month ago, and i haven't thought anything of it. It's not hard or pushy, just a little nudge. So, is he showing me he is the leader of the herd or is he showing me affection?

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I was always told they should not be using you as a scratching post. I make a loud "ack" noise whenever mine does something like that

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It is disrepectful and I have seen a small child knocked off her feet from a rubby head horse. I do what I always do when a horse disrepects my space, give a poke my finger in the face. In the fleshy part below the jaw & above mouth, never have to do it more than a time or two.
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Dovefeather, you will think more on this action if he rubs on you will wearing a bit. Horses display affection by nibbling on another's withers area. If a horse rubbed on another he'd better be ready to get out of the way quick as that is an invasion of space.
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I'll go against the crowd and say that I don't think it has anything to do with respect or getting in your space...the horse is simply trying to scratch on something...nothing more complex than that. That doesn't mean you have to allow it, however. If you don't want to allow it, just push the horse away. No big deal, IMHO.
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The weird thing is he only does it with me. My trainer borrows him for lessons and lots of small children ride him. I watch them when I'm there and he never does it.

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I'll go against the crowd and say that I don't think it has anything to do with respect or getting in your space...the horse is simply trying to scratch on something...nothing more complex than that. That doesn't mean you have to allow it, however. If you don't want to allow it, just push the horse away. No big deal, IMHO.
I agree with this. HOrses dont' think like, "I'm going to disrespect here, think I'll rub on her." the horse just has an itch. Int he absense of ever being told not to, he will try to rub on the closest thing available; you. in the herd he would rub on a buddy/peer level horse, but probably not on a dominant horse. So, in my opinion, he is veiwing your as buddy or peer, or subordinate BUT, what matters is that it's not a good idea to allow the horse to rub on you, certainly not when he chooses to do it.

The horse has an itchy face after a sweaty ride. I allow the horse to rub, but I get a towel, hold it up and then allow him to rub when I am ready, never just rub on me any time he wants to.
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post #8 of 8 Old 03-12-2012, 09:02 PM
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Usually if a horse starts doing that too me, I push them back and scratch behind their ears where sweat tends to build up under their bridles. That's all I've ever noticed any horse do, and usually they lean into it until the itch is cured. Now if they're downright shoving you away, and not just rubbing against you, then you might consider looking at that as a problem and discipline them.

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