Join Date: May 2008
Location: Ontario, Canada
antsy on crossties - which discipline method?
I need some opinions.
Usually my horse is great on crossties, but every so often she'll get a little antsy -- mostly when she's alone in the barn or when she's been standing for a while and wants to be out of the barn. She's gotten a lot better than when I first had her, but sometimes she'll shift around, stick her leg out or windsuck in the air when she gets impatient. Don't get me wrong, she loves to be brushed and stands quite still. But sometimes she gets a little fidgety.
I've considered two options as a solution, but was wondering your opinion:
a) Just ignore her. She's looking for attention and if you leave her alone and go about your business she'll get tired of moving and stand still again.
> This is what I usually do and it seems to work well. If she were a person I'm sure she would be whining while she's doing this, saying "C'mon mom, hurry up, I want to go outside." When I ignore her and patiently continue what I'm doing, she seems to sense that since I'm not in a hurry, she shouldn't be either.
b) reprimand her when she fidgets a lot or sticks her leg out.
> Occasionally I will give a bit of a smack in the chest, if she's really bugging me. I usually don't tolerate wind-sucking and give her a sound whack of discipline (not too hard mind you).
So, what do you think is the better method? Should I be correcting her every time she does this? Or should I just ignore her? I find that if I'm constantly smacking her or verbally reprimanding her, she kind of tunes me out and keeps doing it. When I'm calm and ignore her, she senses my patience and calms down.
*She's also a TB. (18 yo)
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