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        12-15-2012, 10:31 PM
    Originally Posted by LisaG    
    OP, I totally get where you're coming from with the "poor boy" stuff. I bought a young horse a couple years ago that came from a crappy place. She was thin, full of parasites, and quite timid. At the same time, my father and I bought two other young horses that came from a much better home.

    Now, I am not one to dote on my horses, and I continually told myself not to feel sorry for her. But I did treat her differently (without even realizing it), and she did develop some bad habits (wasn't aggressive, don't really feel the need to go into details, though). When I took her to a colt-starting clinic, the clinician pointed out she was a little spoiled right away. Since then, I have raised my expectations, and she has met them.

    I guess my point is pity does nothing positive for these horses. I know how easy it is to fall into that state of mind without even realizing it.

    Good luck.
    Yes, it is VERY hard to fall into that pooky-doo routine with these guys. The human in us takes over and thinks that if we just love them, they will love us back and behave etc. However, they are animals, LARGE animals, that can hurt/kill you, even if they weren't being deliberate about it. Then after they do, they won't sit there saying...."Oh no, I hurt my Mommy, what will I do?"...they instead will go back to eating or whatever else they will do. We have to seperate the emotions until the respect is earned. After that, you can kiss and love all over them.

    My little pooky-doo three year old, who is soooo sweet and non-agressive etc. recently started getting a little too pushy when I bring her grain into her pasture. I have had to take a step back, and remind her that I am still alpha and start taking a lead rope in over my shoulders to swing at her if she doesn't back up when I ask with my body language or pushing the air with my hands movement. If she doesn't move I swing the leadrope in a circle in the air vigorously like I mean it. If she then doesn't move immediately, she gets whacked on her body with that swinging leadrope HARD! Only had to do that reminder lesson twice. Now, she starts moving as soon as I start opening the gate and walks over to her spot where her food goes. Plain and simple. Then, I kiss on her and scratch her belly.
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        12-15-2012, 11:40 PM
    A good example I thought of that shows how a human can be a leader of multiple horses all at the same time....I watched a movie about the training of the Lippizaner stallions....the trainer was able to train them all as a group, even though they are all stallions. Now in the herd, they have their own heirarchy and don't all love eachother, but when they are in his presence.....he is the alpha and they do what they are asked.
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        12-15-2012, 11:48 PM
    Here is another cool example....

        12-16-2012, 05:52 PM
    OK. Thanks for all the answers, BUT I DO NOT FEEL BAD FOR HIM. I FULLY UNDERSTAND HE IS AGGRESSIVE. I may fell pity about his past when I am not near him. BUT when I am near him I feel NO PITY. Last night he kicked me. I am letting my trainer handle him, because he has done bad things too many things. She will be the only one to work with him for now.
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        12-16-2012, 06:56 PM
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    So glad trainer is taking over be sure to sop up anything and everything from him/her. I know that sure helped me. Hunter licked me once. Totally my fault. He threatened many times but has not lifted a leg at me in over a year. We do still have fights testing the waters but I always win. Best of luck and keep us posted
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        12-16-2012, 06:58 PM
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    By the way hope you are ok
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        12-16-2012, 07:08 PM
    Ya, I'm fine. He kicked me in the thigh, it just left a weird bruise. Thank you for asking!
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        12-16-2012, 08:12 PM
    Just a thought.. I might have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. With the wrong horse. But me getting kicked is always the horses fault..lol..i do expect a little kid to walk right under any and all of my horses.now when im with a totally new horse that's just getting started. Its still there fault.now I can get better at not being inthe wrong place. But any kick a horse im working with is repromanded imidiately and fast. No beating around the bush with it. I've always heard that horses are a beast of burden.not a house dog.maybe with breeding we might evolve the horse into a pet..i have no idea.but so far up to now. I havent met a horse that likes me like my dog does. When I whistle and they come running.the entire herd. Its cause the know when I whistle they get grain. My dog.. he knows if he doesnt come running he might be getting kicked.and yes it would be his fault...lol.joking everyone.i do not kick my dog..but just saying..if I ever did..lol.. ride safe everyone.totally enjoyed reading everyones post . Happy holidays
        12-16-2012, 10:46 PM
    Yuck, sucks you got kicked. Hope the trainer can straighten him out for you : )

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