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post #11 of 14 Old 11-19-2012, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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First of all -- horses make terrible 'pets'. Teach your little brothers that horses are not pets -- they are livestock.
Ok so what I meant about 'pet' is that I keep him as a pleasure horse. Its not that I don't teach him any manners. And my little brothers don't go there except when I am there.
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He may also not respect you enough, but you aren't picking up on it, as most of the time I see a horse do this type of thing that doesn't have much respect for humans.

And are these kids teasing horse possibly?

Keep them away, and also they need to be taught different if they are doing anything.
No they havent ever teased him, I wouldnt let them do that to any animal.
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has he somehow learned that "small humans" give treats?

I'm sure you can teach your brothers how to handle this - will be good for the horse to learn to respect all sizes of humanoids. Also a good lesson for your brothers to learn how to handle a horse. Teach them to tap the horse gently on the nose as he comes toward them. It will get the horses attention without being rough.
No they never gave him any treats-at least not my littlest brothers who he likes to nip.
He respects my mom, my dad, and my older brothers.
And I don't view horses as cute and cuddley pets- I view them as powerful animals that have the ability to kill you if they decided to.

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Some years ago when I was at 'home' having a holiday I took my two nieces aged 5.5 and 4 years to visit a friend. He asked me to come down with him to see some young horses - these were mostly Shire X TBs so big.
I never realised that he had so many because there were about 30 of these youngsters in a large field.
The horses came over and were milling around. Nothing bad mannered, just more curious over the little people.
I picked up my youngest niece as she was very weak from chemotherapy she was undergoing and had the elder right by my side.
One curious three year old walked a little close and I pushed him back. The owner asked me what I thought of another and I turned to look. The horse walked forward into my eldest niece, she put a hand on his nose and told him back, when he didn't obey and continued to push she gave him such a hard open handed whack across the flat of his muzzle that it jumped backwards.
The owner laughed and praised her saying "That's right, you teach him some manners!"

I would never have taken the girls into that field had I realised just how many horses were there and I think you are silly and taking unnecessary risks by allowing them around a young colt.
Colts think life is a big party and can also be very handy with front feet as well as teeth.
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