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post #41 of 46 Old 09-06-2013, 01:45 PM Thread Starter
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I found a farrier and someone that sells baled hay near me so the food and hooves are checked. I want to know what do you think about this situation and about what I did: I was in his yard with my father and he started running around the fences and back-kicking from time to time. He made like 10 laps and then stopped. During this time he tried to run towards me a couple of times but I just stood there(in the place I always stay when I am back there) and when he came towards me I just made a kiss sound and raised my hands. After he calmed down I gave him a little scratch and everything went back to normal. How should I act if this ever happens again? Also I noticed that he becomes nervos only when there are people (other than me) around him.
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post #42 of 46 Old 09-06-2013, 02:05 PM
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So to clarify, he was running around like an idiot while you were in his pen, getting too close to you and bucking/leaping around?

If it had been me, I probably would have gone slightly more extreme just so it was completely clear to him that I wanted him to stay out of my space, and I woul have both raised my arms harshly, made myself look 'bigger' (raised shoulders), and stepped purposefully towards him, the equivalent of an alpha horse pinning it's ears and taking a few steps towards him with a snaked head- but I'd say you did pretty good. He should never be allowed to buck or play too near to you.

You were right not to let him in your space while he was acting silly. Only let him approach when he is calm and quiet. Good job.

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He probably isn't nervous with other people around him, more like excited. He probably sees it as another opportunity to play with new "herd mates" since he does have any. If you look at a new horse coming into herd there is A LOT of running, bucking and playful activity!
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post #44 of 46 Old 09-06-2013, 03:15 PM
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Of course I don't know how to treat it...that is why I am asking for advice on this forum instead of just doing with him whatever crosses my mind. Did you know how to treat a horse when you first saw a horse?Of course you didn't! His behavior is getting better each day and that is because I turned to this forum the day I saw some nasty behavior and I corrected it...Now everything is just shy attempts but I guess that is alright because that is what horses do...or is it what puppies do?
You are doing the right thing in asking for help. I hope you can also find some one close to you knowledgeable that can also help you.
Consistent and firm hand not harsh. Don't let him get away with something once or he'll feel he can do it every time. You have about 2 seconds to act when he is misbehaving. Swift quick reprimand and then back to normal.


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@endiku: he did have a bucking attepmt while pretty close to me and I was behind him. I gave him a little slap on his backside with the lead rope as that was the only thing I had in my hand. I did step towards him when he was running towards me and he would stop/slow down and go the other way.
@critter sitter: since I started this thead I corrected everything that seemed like a wrong thing. I let him smell my hands and only send him away when he is opening his mouth(as in trying to bite). He now just smells me and only from time to time opens his mouth at me.
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Very good. I think you're making great progress.

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