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        10-30-2009, 11:34 AM
      #11
    Lis
    Yearling
    I agree with the firm whack thing,I used the theory that my backside is bigger than yours theory on my ex loan pony because he would try to shove me around so I shoved back and he would pack it in quickly. He once nipped me so I bit him back, he never bit me again so don't be afraid to be bolshy back with them since they need putting in their place before they get much bigger.
         
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        10-30-2009, 11:48 AM
      #12
    Green Broke
    When they get older and much bigger, how are you going to keep them both in the same stall? It doesnt work like that, and they will continue to 'gang' up on you until you gain A LOT more confidence. They need to be separated. That's all there is to it. That way it will be MUCH safer for you as well as them.

    Have you gotten them gelded yet?
         
        10-30-2009, 12:34 PM
      #13
    Green Broke
    Having read your other thread(s?), I have to say that unless you have someone with a lot more experience and "horse sense" available to assist you, this situation spells disaster to me - for you and/or the foals. Your intentions are probably nothing but the best - but good intentions will get you nowhere in this situation.
         
        10-30-2009, 07:13 PM
      #14
    Weanling
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    Originally Posted by Jillyann    
    When they get older and much bigger, how are you going to keep them both in the same stall? It doesnt work like that, and they will continue to 'gang' up on you until you gain A LOT more confidence. They need to be separated. That's all there is to it. That way it will be MUCH safer for you as well as them.

    Have you gotten them gelded yet?
    i will not be keeping them in at all once they are halter broken and im able to lead them around. I cannot seperate into different stalls as I only have one.
    I wont be getting them gelded until after winter, vet wont do it until end of spring.
         
        10-30-2009, 10:13 PM
      #15
    Foal
    I've also found that wearing a helmet can really give a boost of confidence because it helps you feel safer. And when you feel safer, you'll be more brave in addressing these guys problem behavior. Do you have a lunge whip or perhaps one of those fiberglass "wacking sticks"? Those can help keep the horse out of your space. I'm going to plagarize Clinton Anderson here - everytime the horse makes you move, you lose. Everytime you make the horse move his feet, in this case away from you, the horse gets a little more respectful of you.

    Given your circumstances, if nothing else, I'd suggest that you read anything and everything about foals and horse training that you can get your hands on. You can't magically become a horse trainer from books, but the more you know about how horses operate, the more ideas you have to pull out when you work with your babies. I personally found "From Foal to Full Grown" by Renate Ettl to be useful when I adopted my yearling, but there's oodles of great books out there.

    It really seems like you need help though. You need to seriously consider sending them off to a trainer for halter breaking. Ground manners are just as important as how they behave under saddle. Maybe more important. You can't ride them if they are dangerous when you're on the ground.
         
        10-30-2009, 10:20 PM
      #16
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by ZiggyKlepto    
    I'm going to plagarize Clinton Anderson here - everytime the horse makes you move, you lose. Everytime you make the horse move his feet, in this case away from you, the horse gets a little more respectful of you.
    i love that ! I think he says something like who ever moves first loses...i always think of that with lunging & stuff like that
         
        10-30-2009, 10:58 PM
      #17
    Foal
    Me too! Everytime my horse Bandit gets wound up he'll be crazy pushy. I have to seriously tighten my leg muscles so I don't move, no matter how much I sometimes want to. Darn survival reflexes! But it works like a charm.
         

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