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post #1 of 3 Old 12-06-2011, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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1.5 year old with no respect for our place!

I have a friend with a 1.5 year old gelding ,, he is a sweetheart BUT (lol) has no fear or other horses (not mean or studsy) just spoiled from my geldings never ever putting him in his place etc,,,
He is great with people a real sweetheart, but always in your space and has to touch EVERYTHING! And last week I was bringing him in the barn to grain ,,, he tried to rush the door.. so I puplled him back beside me,,, the next thing I know he has turned kicked me and taken off,,
So Eryn has looked into it and She needs to find a herd with some seasoned mares to "put him in his place" aka knock him around abit and let him know that the worlds not so nice after all.,,,,,,, I was also wondering everyone heres thoughts? Any tips? I have heard that Parrelli is good?
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He isn't a real sweetheart, and he isn't great with people. He is a spoiled brat who needs some manners. Barging on you, getting in your space, turning and kicking are obviously dangerous behaviors that should be dealt with harshly.

You and your friend need to enforce keeping him out of your space... if he barges into you, then turn and back him about 10 paces back hard. If he tries to get away from you, keep near his shoulder and keep turning his head back towards you so he can't get leverage on you... turn him in circles around you fast, keeping his feet moving until you decide to stop him, let him stand a minute and think, and then ask him again to move forward with manners. When you face him and walk towards him, he needs to back up out of your space. If he doesn't, make him.

Mares won't teach him his manners around people, it's up to your friend and anyone handling him to do that. Be consistent, fair, but very firm and any rudeness on his part needs have an immediate and unpleasant reaction from you.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-06-2011, 09:08 PM
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Throwing him in with a bunch of grumpy mares will help his manners a little. But unless you treat him like the mares do, then he'll be looking to dominate you, so as not to be right at the bottom of the pecking order, where he needs to be.

Don't treat him like a dog... he is a horse, he is big, and he can seriously injure you. Do not let him into your space. If he turns his backside on you, go at him like a screaming banshee and make him think you're going to kill him if he tries to kick. You need to be the grumpy old mare in the relationship, or you will get hurt. Be nice when he's not barging in on you, but as soon as he intrudes on your 'bubble', let him know about it!

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