Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
Since it's winter and we can't REALLY do our summertime riding stuff, I suggest that you daily test him for obedience. I'm cleaning around my 3 horses while they are in their stalls. The least obedient is Buster. Sometimes he's irritated when I pet his belly or his rump. Often I'll test the rump by touching him with my mucking shovel--it's called a grain shovel, with a big scoop. If he swishes his tail I give him a slap on the rump and say, "no." NOT loud, but consistant. Then I rub hard on his rump to reinforce my leadership.
I ask every horse to move when I need to clean where they are standing. They are eating while I do this. You are the head leader and the herd leader demands obedience, Especially at feed time. Usually I can say "over" and each will just move for me.
I'm not "working" anybody now, but next month I'll be adding the finishing touches to fixing Cup & Cakes's head shy/bridling problem, and I'll train him in his stall. Yes, you can hit your horse. The punishment must fit the crime. Both geldings are mouthy but they'd become really head shy If I socked them full force every time they try to grab my clothes or my shovel or the handles on my wheelbarrow! I can, however hit with a lot less force--mouthy horses have a deep seated bad habit. It won't disappear overnight. Also, they back on a verbal command. 5 minutes/day is usually sufficient.
I'd carry a shot crop with me working with Denny. He sounds defensive, but I'm sure he'll back down when he knows you mean business. =D