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post #11 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:35 PM
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* not that I go aroung kicking my horses to test my theory, lol*
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post #12 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:46 PM Thread Starter
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I think it might be rather fun to be labeled an ogre killer if i wasnt so caught off guard about the girls question, i might have thought of a more educational response than oh? Lol

It bothers me a bit though how these girls - most about 10 years old- think its abuse... Because that means that they likely wont be willing to stand their ground if a horse does get pushy
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post #13 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:53 PM
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At 10 years old most of us were probably under the same impression as this kid, maybe not the people who grew up around horses their entire lives, but you get the picture. One day (hopefully) a light bulb will go off and they'll understand and be able to stand their ground, but most lesson kids or kids that just lease probably just don't get it yet.
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post #14 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 08:54 PM
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I agree there young and have alot to learn still. ; ) All though I do kind of like the Ogre idea.


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post #15 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 09:03 PM
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well I am shocked that no one called animal control on me last night.

I was doing some late training with my new green gelding and lets just say he is very smart and picks up on things quick but boy is he STUBBORN and LAZY!! and may I add he is VERY I mean VERY buddy sour :/

well any ways so first I did some ground work and then I got on him....this was only like his 2nd ride (with me) so I start off very slow and easy not to upset them or blow them up and he was doing good.
I was kinda just letting him get the feel of things and kinda leading him around but for the most part I was just letting him do whatever.
After a good thirty min of that I started working him.
All was going good until we got back around my mare then all he did was get as close to her as he could and then would not move.
I mean not an inch.
No matter what I did he would not flinch.
Kiss, kick, slap my leg, pop him with my hand, and much more kicking, still nothing.
I just so happened to be riding in my barrel saddle that has a leather over and under on the saddle horn so I used that as my motivation ,and boy did it work.
Just a little pop from that thing and he was on his way :) me being unprepared like I should have been without any spurs or crop my over and under was my only option or I would have just sat there.
He only needed a little tap from time to time to keep him going, and trust me he has no issues besides plum stubbornness to keep him from going.
But anyone watching would have sworn I was beating him (unless you are a well educated horse person).
It really makes me laugh when I hear people claim others beat their horses and then I watch them interact with there own like they are talking to a baby and all the horses are doing is running all over them.
I do believe there is a very thin line in discipline and "beating" but so long as you know where the line is and you do not cross it who cares what others think.
All I know is that in the end I am not going to be the one getting hurt or killed over stupid horsemanship.
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post #16 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 09:04 PM
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Wow, I woulda been caught off guard too. I always think of good responses AFTER the fact. Maybe you should give the girls a lesson about horses. Obviously someone isn't, Which could lead to problem with horses in their future. I woulda cropped him too!!
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post #17 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 10:58 PM
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That same 10 yr old often grows up thinking that a quick smack on a childs butt is child abuse too. There's a fairly large segment of society that thinks any smack, no matter how light, is abuse. Doesn't matter if it's a child, cat, dog, horse, fish or whatever.
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post #18 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 11:01 PM
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I guess I'm evil then. I smacked my paint on rump with the manure fork wooden handler (the only thing I had in hand cleaning up around the hay rack) when she kicked out at me once. Never offered again (and is not afraid of the fork or me either).
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post #19 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 11:21 PM
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Luckily my gelding is a pansy and a sharp NO and "the look" gets him saying
"Ok mom- whatever you say mom!"

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post #20 of 78 Old 08-25-2011, 11:32 PM
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I'm evil too!

My horse decided that he was no longer going to go on trail rides because he'd had to walk through a puddle the last time :roll:. Asking to go forward resulted in him backing up until his back feet landed in a ditch , I tried circling which resulted in him snatching the bit and trying to book it for the barn. You better believe I stopped him, pointed him down the road and whacked him with the reins (it was all I had!!). I then proceeded to whack him over and over and over as the lil twerp tried planting his feet every 3 steps.

Longest trail ride of my life and we never made it to the end of the driveway of the barn I board at as I turned around as soon as he willingly walked forward when asked. Ah well, my poor beat-up horse now willingly walks down the driveway.
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