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post #21 of 28 Old 12-01-2013, 07:30 PM
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Just be careful not to let ANYONE other than you handle her. That one student that backs down or your husband once babying her is all she needs to continue this. Have a sit down with everyone and figure out a plan.
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post #22 of 28 Old 12-01-2013, 07:32 PM
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If she is getting dangerous I would crack down on ANY behavior. If she's mean smack her, if she makes a face push her out of your space (and make her move for awhile). Careful if someone else tries to do this as she might push back at first.
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post #23 of 28 Old 12-01-2013, 08:12 PM
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A nasty look is a threat. Pinned ears are a threat. Don't tolerate threats, because if you do, as you have unfortunately found out, horses will make those threats into actions. In that vein, IMO, yes, a nasty look or pinned ears are plenty enough for me to go after a horse and let them know that that sort of nonsense is absolutely not acceptable towards me or other humans. I'd rather nip it in the bud before it escalates to charging and kicking.

Stay safe! Maybe you can point out to your DH that if he doesn't help you with the program, either himself or one of the other people or children who visit your property may end up hospitalized or dead from a swift kick that she thought she could get away with? And once a horse seriously injures someone, that's a heck of a stigma and fact to deal with... :( Best to protect the mare from that by getting her back on track with proper behavior asap.
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post #24 of 28 Old 12-01-2013, 10:39 PM Thread Starter
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that's what Im trying to stress to him that what is happening is very dangerous! And he sadly just makes jokes like ohh she wouldnt kick me or blah blah.. half of me hopes she will to wake him up! Not wish bad things on my husband but goodness!

Definitely going to be more strict with her! Like I said tonight I realized I've let her get away with a few things that I figured were harmless..but may actually be part of the problem! Time to get things under control!
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post #25 of 28 Old 12-01-2013, 11:11 PM
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Looks smart and spoiled and bossy. Some horses you can let get away with little things but most you can't. Definitely not a young mare like this.
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sounds like you are getting her under control. She figured out that by pinning her ears etc she could scare the kids, and it went to her head.
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post #27 of 28 Old 12-02-2013, 10:38 AM Thread Starter
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It deffinately did.. and yes she's WAY to smart. Which has been great for breaking/training wise but I guess its not so great for other things haha! Just needed to get a heads up from you guys thank you! Ill work with the kids on standing there ground.. cause sadly you do have to walk through her paddock to get to the big pasture.
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post #28 of 28 Old 12-02-2013, 01:39 PM
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If when you enter her stall and she pins her ears, walk out and take the feed with you. Walk farther away and wait a minute with your back to her. Then approach again, repeating the exercise if you have to. She should make the connection after the third time. When she's enjoying her hay out in pasture, take your dressage whip which is "in case", and keep it pointed downward and behind. Circle way around her and don't look at her until you are directly behind her. The approach at the run, arms waving to make her move. Stay well back in case she kicks. When she runs, stand beside the hay. You have now claimed it for a minute. Turn your back on her and walk away so she may resume eating, then circle way around again and move her off again. By doing this she will start keeping an eye on you and will start making it harder for you to get around behind her. When she's watching you with both eyes she's acknowledging you as being of superior rank. You've just won a whole pile of respect. Horses do this in a herd so she knows how it works. It seems contradictory, but the more you move a horse away, the more it will want to be with you and respect your.
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