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        03-13-2013, 08:34 PM
      #61
    Weanling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher5    
    DraftyAiresMum,CowboyBob and NorthernMama: thank you so much! I just wanted a respectable relationship with my horse, and because of your excellent advice, I am able to make this happen! An yes, it was definitely my fault, not Luca's.
    You said it a Respectable relationship. Remember no only does he need to respect you but you need to respect him and learn to speak so he can understand what you are asking of him. The best thing you can do to improve your horsemanship is to study horse behavior and horse communication. Work to understand your horse as a horse. Remember your horse is not a person try not to project human emotions and human actions onto your horse. Keep up the good work
         
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        03-13-2013, 08:39 PM
      #62
    Weanling
    So...basically I have to behave like a horse and think like a horse?? And alpha one? I've always wanted an excuse to behave like an equine!!!!! Okay..maybe I'm a bit overexcited. But still. So I must think like a horse. That's one of the things I really need to work on, sometimes I tend to treat Luca like a human I've got to stop that. That's probably why he was challenging me in the first place! Thanks, CowboyBob!
         
        03-13-2013, 08:40 PM
      #63
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher5    
    Well, after the cousin party thing, <snip>
    Did I do anything wrong this time? I think I might have...but I see a change in Luca's behaviour!
    You know, I just had to come back and read that post again. It gave ME a warm fuzzy feeling! :)
         
        03-13-2013, 08:45 PM
      #64
    Weanling
    NorthernMama..... I don't know what to say!
    It's amazing how everyone here is just as excited as me about the improvement of Luca's behaviour....and MY behaviour around Luca!
         
        03-13-2013, 11:49 PM
      #65
    Showing
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher5    
    So...basically I have to behave like a horse and think like a horse?? And alpha one? I've always wanted an excuse to behave like an equine!!!!! Okay..maybe I'm a bit overexcited. But still. So I must think like a horse. That's one of the things I really need to work on, sometimes I tend to treat Luca like a human I've got to stop that. That's probably why he was challenging me in the first place! Thanks, CowboyBob!
    You've got it now
         
        03-13-2013, 11:55 PM
      #66
    Foal
    Make him back up
         
        03-14-2013, 12:15 AM
      #67
    Yearling
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ilovethem    
    make him back up
    ...Yeah, we've got that at this point. Have you read ANY of the posts beyond the original one?
         
        03-14-2013, 12:34 AM
      #68
    Yearling
    All I could add is it sound like you got it under control Remember horses do not know how big they are I work with drafts ( thank god for that)
         
        03-14-2013, 01:30 AM
      #69
    Weanling
    When I went to Luca and Fleet after school, I niticed that they were all hyper. I went up to Luca and he just stood there, his eyes full of worry. He stated prancing around a bit and then just trotted past me! I though he had charged me but he didn't have his ears back and he wasn't looking at me at all. He just ran a few steps, looked at me and lowered his head in shame. Turned out there was a bee flying around, bothering the equines!!! So I got the lunge whip out, and got them running. Oh what fun they had!!! I even have a pic!

    http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...ps2695dd05.jpg

    The bee fled and I went back to Luca. He didn't do anything with his ears or face, so I gave him a nice scratch. One thing is: sometimes with Luca its hard to tell whether he's pinning his ears or just having them back cos he's relaxed. Look. http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...psb9cf7fbd.jpg those are his relaxed ears.

    But I can tell by his nostrils and eyes if he's pinning those ears. But today..nope...all exhausted from running and prancing away from that bee and frolicking with Fleet. I'm satisfied.
         
        03-14-2013, 11:40 AM
      #70
    Yearling
    Hard to tell? Really? Those ears are very obviously relaxed- flopped to the sides, sticking out. Pinned ears are flat back against their heads. Kind of looks like they don't have ears sometimes!

    A great ear pinning photo:
    http://www.horse-riding-tips-n-chat....angryhorse.jpg

    Compared to your horse:
    http://i1168.photobucket.com/albums/...psb9cf7fbd.jpg
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