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post #1 of 8 Old 10-01-2010, 02:24 PM Thread Starter
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whinny correction

I am not sure if this makes sense or not, but I was getting a lesson from "the trainer" on a different horse, who had just been gelded a few months ago. A mare walked by and he started whinnying. It wasn't that bad to where he was like rearing and pawing just turned his head and whinnied. The "trainer" takes the rope from me and shakes the lead rope to get him to stop. He stopped but started up again a few seconds she starts lunging him, he still whinnies while lunging. She gets mad yells at me to take the saddle off him, and proceeds in lunging him kicking him in the chest and daring him to rear so she can flip him.

I could understand if the horse was being bad like pulling on her and such. He's young and doesn't have much ground manners to start with, but he didn't do anything at least to me that would justify this.

Since I am learning so much here was this action necessary? If a newly gelded horse whinnies do you correct them?
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post #2 of 8 Old 10-01-2010, 02:28 PM
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She gets mad yells at me to take the saddle off him, and proceeds in lunging him kicking him in the chest and daring him to rear so she can flip him.
You need to find a different instructor. Anyone who would get angry and kick a horse for whinnying isn't someone I'd want around my animal.
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You need to find a different instructor. Anyone who would get angry and kick a horse for whinnying isn't someone I'd want around my animal.
I found someone that seem to fit the bill I will meet her this weekend. If all works out I will be taking lessons from this lady.

Again like I said because I am still learning horse behavior I wanted to know if this was an acceptable action to take.
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I am confused how someone kicks a horse in the chest that they are lunging.


Glad you found a different instructor.
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Not even close to acceptable. I am not one who corrects a whinny. Especially a 'hey whats up' whinny...not a constant annoying attention seeking whinny. I know people who are really bothered by horses whinnying. I tell them to get an ATV. If you want an animal that behaves perfectly, does everything you expect it to do and nothing you don't...you need to be looking for something that takes gasoline...not hay. If a horse is becoming a problem with the whinnying...then ofcourse he needs corrected. If its occasional, let it be.

I agree with SR. Get a new trainer. Nothing is ever solved with a horse with violence.
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Who does that!?!? People like that really get under my skin...

Glad you found a new instructor, especially while you are at the stage you are at - no need to learn abusive behaviors and think they are okay. Good job asking this question, and good luck in the future!!

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I am confused how someone kicks a horse in the chest that they are lunging.


Glad you found a different instructor.
She was trying to get him to lunge and got even more frustrated when he backed up so she kicked in the chest to get him moving.

Thank everyone I hope the new instructor works out as well.

Also please I know I have been posting a lot of questions as of late. I know some of them seem venting which my last post was ( I had to get that off my chest), but I feel as I can ask questions without feeling stupid on the forum.

I believe in being firm when necessary but not out of frustration.

Everytime I would ask her a question it would be met with irriation and sometimes you can't find certain answers on the web. Thanks to everyone who's helped me out and answered my questions.

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I don't think calling to their friends is acceptable, but I certainly don't beat them over it. The one I leave at home can call, but the one I'm working with has to stay focused on me. My mare is pretty good about not calling, but my little one will. I watch her carefully, and when I see she is going to start, I turn her in a circle, side-step, etc. And while leading back home, I turn her back out away from home when she tries to call. It seems to work pretty well.

I'm with everyone else, the behavior of this woman is appalling. Far more unacceptable than a whinnying horse that was apparently cut too late. I hope the new instructor works out, and even if she doesn't, I'd stay far away from this one.
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