Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: Washington State
• Horses: 0
I fixed this once with a horse when I worked for a trainer. It took a while though. But what I did is took my homework to the barn and pulled out the horse and tied her to the hitching post and went off at a short distance, like 10-15 yards, where she was able to see me and sat down and started my homework. Didn't take long for her to start pawing and I just ignored her. As soon as she stopped I would go over and rub her for 30 seconds or so and go sit back down. If during the time I got up to go to her she started pawing again I just went and sat right back down until she stopped. After about an hour and a half or so she stopped pawing all together and could sit that distance away and work and she wouldn't paw. And of coarse I'd go over periodically and rub her and give her attention to reward the good behavior. So basically teaching her pawing drives me away, not pawing brings my attention. I repeated this everyday for a a little over a week and each day the time it took to get her to not paw at all got shorter and shorter until she stopped all together.
Sit tall in the saddle, hold your head up high. Keep your eyes fixed where the trail meets the sky. And live like you ain't afraid to die. Don't be scared, just enjoy your ride - Chris LeDoux