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        10-23-2010, 02:43 PM
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    Foal
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    I am a new horse owner. I've been around horses off and on all my life, but I am stll pretty green with them. I'm getting better though. We have had our horse Allie for about 2 months now. She is a 13 yr old pregnant Appy. She is the most patient horse, or was anyway. When we first got her she never really acted up. But now when we ride her she is SUPER lazy. She just wants to stand and no do anything. ANd the other day she threw a little fit on me for the first time. After I fed her I took her for a short walk and did some ground work with her. She did fine for a bit then she just decided to stop walking. It took a while but I got her to start walking again. Then she jerked her head away from me and tried to run away. I didn't let her. I told her "WHOA" and held on to the lead roap. She stopped, but then after about 5 minutes she did it again. This time she got away. But this time I was a bit shook up. But I went over to her grabbed her and had a good talking to her. (does that sound crazy? Ha ha) I really didn't know what to do. Should I have given her a few hits wth the lead roap to show her I meant business? Or just let her go? She only seems to do this for me! She listens really well for my husbnd. Could the pregnancy be causing her to be moody like this? Sometimes she seems fine and sometimes she's very stubborn. What do you think??
         
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        10-23-2010, 02:58 PM
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    Yearling
    How many months has she been pregnant?

    More than likely she is uncomfortable because of the foal and she's trying her hardest to tell you to give her a break.
    I would NOT smack her, I would wait until she is behaving and finish. When you start working with her, make the sessions short and sweet. If you feel that she might start acting up soon, its time to give her a pat and stop.
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        10-23-2010, 03:10 PM
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    Yearling
    She's discovered that if she acts up enough around you she can get what she wants. If she tries to bolt away from you again. Say "NO!" loudly and firmly, lunge her in a few small circles around you. Make her work. Make her understand that naughty behavior is not tolerated and means extra hard work.

    Hitting her won't help. The only time I hit a horse is if they bite/kick me, or are about to bite/kick me. That only works if you hit them RIGHT AFTER they tried to bite/kick you, or RIGHT WHEN they attempt it. Otherwise, they won't understand the reason for being hit.

    Don't just let her go if she tries that again. Than she'll began to do this every time you try to lead her. She has to learn that you're the boss.
         
        10-23-2010, 05:10 PM
      #4
    Green Broke
    I don't think hitting her will help - it might rile her up some more. I don't like to hit horses, and only will for biting or kicking. I do this because biting and kicking is a form of agression, if this happened in the paddock the dominant horse would kick/bite back, and put the horse in its place. I'll throw the end of a rope at them if they don't move or something, but its more an aid than a punishment.

    What kind of halter/lead are you using? If you're not using a rope halter and 12ft lead, I'd look at getting one. If my horse doesn't walk forward when I walk, I'd put a little pressure on the lead and say "walk on". If they didn't I'd take the loose end of the lead and swing it behind me at the horse, rather softly. Often a little tap will get them going. If they don't I get progressively harder until they move, and then I stop all aids completely and keep walking.

    If my horse were to chuck a hissy fit, I'd toss the rope towards their hindquarters to get them swinging them away from me, then lunge them in a small circle. Then I would stop, ask him stand. If he moved off I'd lunge him again and again until he would stop and stand with no lead rein contact.

    I train my horses to go forward and back very well. If they are misbehaving (on the ground) all I have to do is walk them forward and back a couple of times and they calm right down. I don't know why but its always worked for me, since I was a kid. I just rest my palm (or elbow) on their chest and say "back, back" and then just walk forward and say "walk on". It seems to remind them to behave, and reminds them I am dominant. It is sort of like my "control" test.

    Maybe try something like that?
         

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