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        12-26-2011, 11:48 PM
      #21
    Trained
    Just an update,

    I just went down to feed and ready for a war. My weapon: a dressage whip. Tess was an angel as usual and stood patiently for her feed. All good. Now Lucy is straight up to the gate and crowding before I even get in there. A hard crack on the fence with the dressage whip and she went flying across the paddock. She didn't come near me again. Gave Tess her feed, Tess waited to be invited to eat. All good. Went to give Lucy her feed and she invaded me before she was invited. She got chased away with the whip, swung Round and lashed out. Well she got a hard crack across the rump (or wherever it connected) with the whip. She gave in and waited until I invited her. Got the message now she does. I'm not letting my guard down though!

    P.S. Whacked my arm hard on the tree coming out and now my arm is VERY swollen and sore, just wont show mum ;)
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        12-27-2011, 12:27 AM
      #22
    Green Broke
    Hope your arm feels better. I'm glad that you didn't have too much trouble with Lucy today.
         
        12-27-2011, 04:55 AM
      #23
    Trained
    Still very sore but that's expected.
         
        12-27-2011, 09:00 AM
      #24
    Super Moderator
    I have 6 or 7 groups of 6 or7 -- one has 10 geldings. I AM THE UNDISPUTED BOSS. I do not carry a whip -- don't even know where one is right now. When I enter their presence, they all come, but they stop about 6 feet away. They are NEVER allowed to show dominance toward each other in my presence. I AM THE LEADER.

    If one lays an ear back at another one, I say "Ah!" and the ears come up and the horse backs up a step or two.

    It is just how we live happily at my house. I am 65 and can barely get around some days. A kick would probably end my ability to work around them at all. I cannot even remember when I was last kicked -- it has to be 20 or more years ago.

    One of the things that always amazes me -- still: The longer I have been around horses (it is all I have ever done), the more strict I have become with them, the better they like me. I progressively have accepted less foolishness and 'horse-play' and have gotten much less tolerant. The strange thing is that throughout this progression (which has taken 50 years), they have gotten more and more affectionate and have come to worship me like some kind of a horse god. They follow me around, want to be caught, want me to interact with them, listen to me and respond better than they ever have. As I have gotten less mobile and less able to do things, I thought I would have more problems with horses respecting me and they would take advantage of me. It just has not happened.

    Since I cannot get around very well, I thought they would become more difficult for me to handle and instead, they have gotten easier. I definitely correct them much more quickly and insist on absolute respect. The little things turn into BIG things if yo do not take care of them when you should.
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        12-27-2011, 09:30 AM
      #25
    Super Moderator
    Proud of you Tess. My horses have always walked over me and I've been lucky to have horses that don't kick or bite or things could have been bad. This year is the first year in almost thirty years that I realized, I mean actually admitted that I was not in control. I am absolutely amazed at just what a little bit of discipline will do. Good job Tess!
         
        12-27-2011, 10:25 AM
      #26
    Green Broke
    Kicking at feeding time can also be a symptom of ulcers and this wasn't an accident it was on purpose. I think that is a very strong possibility especially if it is off the track.
         
        12-27-2011, 12:56 PM
      #27
    Foal
    Glad you're doing better and earning some respect, Tess!

    I've been fortunate enough to not get kicked but I've dealt with gate crowding and especially those who like to charge the gate. When I first got back into working with horses I used to be nervous at giving them a good smack on the rump but it's getting easier. I worked with dogs for awhile and had to unlearn some behaviours that just wouldn't do it with a flight animal like a horse. I've since come to realize (largely thanks to my BO) that they're animals that appreciate a strong leader who they can trust. I know it's only enriched my relationship with them (and definitely removes the stress of wondering if we might have an issue today).

    I hope your arm feels better soon, Tess, and have to thank you for posting your rant since I think everyone whether they're newbies like me or seasoned vets occasionally needs a reminder to be safe so we can keep doing what we love.
         
        12-27-2011, 04:53 PM
      #28
    Trained
    Churumbeque: she was vet checked before we bought her.

    I woke up this morning with my arm very swollen, I must have slept on it ;) still sore...
         
        12-27-2011, 05:27 PM
      #29
    Weanling
    I hope your arm gets better soon! I have a dominance issue story to tell: One day, I was lunging my horse. I asked for him to trot, and he pinned his ears and charged at ME. He so asked for it. He never does that anymore, and you can ask my lunge whip why if you want to (; I've been kicked once, but it wasn't very hard because I was riding a horse, and the horse next to me kicked me (don't know how he managed that!) because the horse I was riding bit him.
         
        12-27-2011, 06:15 PM
      #30
    Green Broke
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by PintoTess    
    Churumbeque: she was vet checked before we bought her.

    I woke up this morning with my arm very swollen, I must have slept on it ;) still sore...
    Vet checked doesn't include checking for ulcers. That would be something that is not in a normal physical or PP exam
         

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