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post #1 of 48 Old 10-16-2009, 08:40 PM Thread Starter
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Sigh, 4 year olds *rant*

Anybody have any good young horses growing into well mannered horses to remind me it will get better? I mean, he's so much better then in March, but geez it gets old

I love my boy, but he is such a thick headed dweeb! He managed to injure BOTH front legs and had a few weeks off. I washed his legs and treated them, but didn't have much time for him (trainer had me riding 2+ horses) On Monday he was finally sound and totally back to his old horrible manners. Monday it was understandable, Wednesday it was getting old, today I was SICK of it.

After correcting again and again, he crossed a line. I was cleaning under his bell boots, leaning in front of him a bit when he decided his leg itched and WHACKED me in the face with his knee. I think I have a bruise. I hauled back and slapped him across the chest and growled back UP, back Up, BACK UP! Wacking him untill he hit the end of the cross ties. I then went from side to side growling move OVER on each side, then backing, then spins on haunches, etc. and getting after him hard when he didn't listen

Strangely enough, after that he remembered he does have manners. Not a single more nip, head butt, pawing, refusing to pick up foot, then picking it up when I don't want it, running in to me, knocking into me, ignoring me...

Before you say it's abuse, look at it this way. He's a 1500lb, 16.3 hand thick skulled animal. I'm 95lbs. He's a horse who you can correct untill you are blue in the face, but one good "discussion" and it gets through.

Yes, this adorable (and muddy) face is the culprit!
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post #2 of 48 Old 10-16-2009, 08:47 PM
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he is SO cute though !! [probably not what you wanted to here !]
What breed is he ? He looks exactly like my friends 4yo =]

It is hard when they are at that sort of pushy baby stage, but they are so big !

Hey at least you're doing better than me, my 3yo had a spooky baby moment then proceeded to take off bucking like a bronc & I fell off & broke my arm & hand =/

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He is a very handsome boy : ) I love his color.

Horses and children, I often think, have a lot of the good sense there is in the world.
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He's 4. He hasn't even come around mentally, yet along physically. He's a baby.

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I had one of those.. but he was 15.. well 18 really.
Took him a bit to realize that he can act like a gentleman.

And Vega still has her baby moments too.
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I know he's a baby, but baby or not he's NOT allowed to bite, kick, step on, or knock into me.
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I agree.. its different than them being a baby to them being disrespectful.
You wouldn't let a weanling do that to you...
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he's not that baby.........hes def old enough to know better !

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He hasn't matured. And if you are standing infront of him and he needs to move his leg because it itches - hello.

I've had it happen to me too, but you cannot punnish the horse for your irrisponsibillity for having your face infront of his knee's. Of course it is going to get whacked.

You need to understand that he has a bubble as well, just as much as you have one.

Yes, horses need to respect our boundries, as much as we need to respect theirs.

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He knows better. He has a (previously) infected puncture wound on the inside of one leg and a giant scrape on the other, he needs them cleaned and looked at. Plus, he gets his feet cleaned and stuff put on them every single ride, he knows how to keep his feet still. When is a baby no longer a baby? It starts "oh, he's only four" then, "oh, he's only five", then, "oh, he was never taught better". Where's the line? TO me, four and a half is well past the line. If he didn't already know better (he did) then he's going to learn better!
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