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        01-08-2013, 04:18 PM
      #21
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    Originally Posted by wetrain17    
    Does your husband have experience with horses, or does he just like looking at them? I'm only asking because if he does have experience maybe he can help you out a little. If not, I would seriously consider asking the owner to come get this horse. You certainly don't need to put yourself at risk for someone else's horse. I understand wanting to learn about them, but there are other ways go to about it, safer ways.
    Husband grew up with horses, caring for and riding them. He has shown me, too, he knows what he's doing but the jury is still out in my mind whether I will have Ruby moved or not. Now if I can get my husband out there with me and off the computer!
         
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        01-08-2013, 04:37 PM
      #22
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    Originally Posted by Saskia    
    I'd be thinking along the lines of - it's not your horse it's not your problem, so ask them to move her. It's obviously causing you some considerate concern, and the owners should not have let it get to this point. They could have fenced off an area, bought you a lunge whip and taught you how to use it, done some schooling with the horse - but they have done nothing.

    You don't want to be showing someone your property to buy and have them intimidated by a horse either.
    While I agree completely with the owner responsibility issues, living down here for 5 years has shown me that folks here are different. Many lack both money and knowledge to provide good care and training for their animals. I've seen some very sad neglect of horses and dogs.

    Showing the house shouldn't be an issue because we'd have at least a couple hours notice and could move Ruby. Ruby doesn't seem to approach strangers, either, but keeps a distance and just watches them. Good point, though, not to mention all the horse pucky around here which could bother some folks.
         
        01-08-2013, 05:39 PM
      #23
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    I think it be best to make her a paddock. The owner can even get those metal 12 foot panels and put several together to make a paddock that could be moved around as the grass gets grazed down.
         
        01-10-2013, 12:05 AM
      #24
    Foal
    Yesterday my husband took me out for a short training session with Ruby. It went well and was very encouraging. Really appreciate hearing what you think about my situation. I'm going to give this a try and, will move over to the training group here with some posts.
         
        01-10-2013, 12:18 AM
      #25
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    Bottom line, a horse should not be crowding your space like that, and it's not your responsibility to school this horse. Her behavior is dangerous, and not just because of your age and joint issues that you mentioned -- she is a safety hazard to anyone on your property who doesn't have a whip, apparently, and she is also a hazard to herself. There are many things found near the outside of the average home that a horse could get into that could really be an issue.

    I wouldn't have a horse like that on my property, certainly not running around the entire piece of land with access to your home and personal yard. She either needs to move, or be contained to a smaller space.
         
        01-10-2013, 04:12 AM
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    You need safety even if you intend to school the horse. Get the owner of the horse to front up and fence an area off at his/her expence so it is contained. Since it is free grazing.
    It has a large area to move in but choses to be around the house for company however it does not know how to act and is treating you as a lesser member of the herd.

    If you are going to work with it try hitching it to a post for a few hours at a time each day getting longer and longer untill its tied all day. Its not cruel but can quiten it down considerably, but it needs to be in a managable paddock.

    I take it at times you do not move to quick, nor do I. I have learnt having a 4 foot firm riding crop or the such like, easy to carry and if the horse gets in your space just lightly tap it on the side of its face 2 inches below the cheek towards the nose and it will turn its head away and eventually it will move its front feet away as well which is what you want. It will learn not to croud you. However get it into a paddock for safety.
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        01-10-2013, 01:21 PM
      #27
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    Originally Posted by Stan    
    You need safety even if you intend to school the horse. Get the owner of the horse to front up and fence an area off at his/her expence so it is contained. Since it is free grazing.
    It has a large area to move in but choses to be around the house for company however it does not know how to act and is treating you as a lesser member of the herd.

    If you are going to work with it try hitching it to a post for a few hours at a time each day getting longer and longer untill its tied all day. Its not cruel but can quiten it down considerably, but it needs to be in a managable paddock.

    I take it at times you do not move to quick, nor do I. I have learnt having a 4 foot firm riding crop or the such like, easy to carry and if the horse gets in your space just lightly tap it on the side of its face 2 inches below the cheek towards the nose and it will turn its head away and eventually it will move its front feet away as well which is what you want. It will learn not to croud you. However get it into a paddock for safety.
    Thank you for your post. Unfortunately neither the owner nor my husband want to provide additional fencing but I agree with you that a containment area would be best. Right now I am wondering how well I will be able to teach Ruby to respect my space as she allowed to roam freely and without halter (she doesn't have one--but I'm going make my husband gets one and a rope, too!). At this time I carry a 5" lightweight yucca walking stick. I'm going to move over to the training group....
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        01-10-2013, 01:26 PM
      #28
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    Originally Posted by Horseshygranny    
    Thank you for your post. Unfortunately neither the owner nor my husband want to provide additional fencing but I agree with you that a containment area would be best. Right now I am wondering how well I will be able to teach Ruby to respect my space as she allowed to roam freely and without halter (she doesn't have one--but I'm going make my husband gets one and a rope, too!). At this time I carry a 5" lightweight yucca walking stick. I'm going to move over to the training group....
    Then I'd be telling the hubby to go live outside with the horse and I'd probably call the owner and tell him to come take care of HIS responsibilities. You have every right to feel safe on your own property. I wouldn't tolerate this crap for another second.
         
        01-10-2013, 01:56 PM
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    It is absolutely the responsibility of Ruby's owner to keep this horse from behaving this way. Have you thought about who would be responsible if she does hurt you or someone else? What if she hurts herself?

    I would be giving an ultimatum: build a smaller enclosure or move the horse. You should absolutely NOT have to join a training forum to get someone else's horse (which you are allowing to stay on your property for free) out of your personal space.
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        01-10-2013, 01:57 PM
      #30
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    Not that we wouldn't welcome you to the training forum, of course. :)
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