Originally Posted by cowgirl4jesus94 View Post
Splash has a couple of problems. Actually, I probably have a couple problems and thus he has problems. So...any help for me or him would be good.
He likes to toss his head and rub it on me. I know if shedding time of year and he's itchy but whenever I raise a hand to push him away he jerks away because he thinks I am going to smack him. Its getting annoying because he keeps bonking me on the head. So right now he is wearing a rope halter and I just jerk down on it twice real quick.
Not a fan of jerking on the halter. Instead I'd go with Prevention. Prevent the problem and then it won't happen and then the horse will know what's expected of him and you're not wasting your time reacting to him. Jerking can lead to having to jerk on the halter every now and then and if the horse turns it into a game...well, you've got a habit.
But if you simply prevent it....you stop it in its tracks and you insert a good habit.
Simply don't allow him to stand close enough to you for him to reach you with his head. BACK HIM UP. He steps forward when you didn't invite him, then look at his chest and tell his chest to back up, it'll take the rest of the horse with it. Soon as the horse backs off enough, leave him alone. Repeat every single time...and in one lesson, you can teach him to stand out of your space and stay there.
When you lead him, reinforce this by backing him the moment he tries to rub on you.
Use a whip or a crop: (1) kiss/cluck, (2) turn and tap the air in front of his chest, if needed (3) tap his chest ....at any time, when he backs up, leave him alone. Repeat as necessary = he will stop crowding you and he will not rub or hit you with his head ever again. You taught him a cue.
Pick a specific distance for him to stop and stand. This way, he'll know where his "spot" is and he'll not crowd you to rub against you anymore, because he'll know what's expected of him.
Next. He doesnt like to stand still when I mount him. I finally got to where I could get on but as soon as I sat down he would move off. Well I would gently pull back on the reins and say woah but he just toss's his head and wont respond to the bit. I ride him with a d-ring snaffle...so any ideas would be good. He is distracted by the horses in the pasture but still...
Not two reins, but go with one rein.
Pick up one rein.
Bring the head around.
But more important, tell the same hip (left rein/left hip) to move over, and the back feet cross....when the back feet cross....this tells the horse to stop all forward movement, because he can't go forward and cross his back feet = it's a very direct way to tell the horse to STOP and stay stopped. Because soon as he stops and stands, you release the rein.
Get one or two good cross overs (by applying leg) before you give him the chance to stand still. Soon as he takes that offering and stands, let him alone and just sit there.
What you're doing also is telling him: if he offers movement without being asked to move, you'll direct it and it'll be more work, but if he stands there, he gets no pressure from you. He'll choose to stand still and it'll be his idea = he'll want to stand still.
From then on,...never walk off soon as your butt hits the saddle. Sit there and count to 5 at least then move off.