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    03-01-2012, 08:22 PM
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Foal
Disrespectful horse in stall

I have a 14 year old quarter horse gelding and every time I bring him in from the pasture and go to remove his halter he rips his head out from the halter when I get it unlatched and runs to his feed bin. I do put feed in the bin before I bring him in. Should I stop putting food in his bin before I bring him in or is there something else that can be done. Open to all suggestions.
     
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    03-01-2012, 08:30 PM
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That's not your problem. Him jerking his head away is the problem. He is completely disrespectful.

Go through the motions of taking his halter off, but leave it on. Then jerk the stuffing out of him when he tries to jerk away.

Then, take him back out of his stall and bring him back in as many times as it takes for him to patiently wait for you to take his halter off.

Then, and only then, put out his feed in and make him stay back until you let him go to his feed box.

YOU need to call the shots.
     
    03-01-2012, 08:33 PM
  #3
Green Broke
You could also try using a rope halter under his normal halter. Attach the lead rope to the rope halter and reprimand him when he pulls away when taking his normal halter off.
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    03-01-2012, 08:38 PM
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I'm definitely going to try both of these techniques and keep him thinking. Thanks for the advice!
     
    03-01-2012, 08:46 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Cmurdock57    
I'm definitely going to try both of these techniques and keep him thinking. Thanks for the advice!
Welcome to the forum, Cmurdock! Good luck with the situation - very wise to remedy it now, before he thinks he can get away with other shenanigans! It took me a little while to properly correct my mare, and boy, is it worth it! Good luck :)
     
    03-01-2012, 08:48 PM
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Thanks I've only been on for about a half hour now and have already got some great advice. I hope this forum will always be as helpful as it has been so far.
     
    03-01-2012, 08:56 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Cmurdock57    
Thanks I've only been on for about a half hour now and have already got some great advice. I hope this forum will always be as helpful as it has been so far.
You'll find solid advice and many friends here! We always love to hear follow-ups on progress to offer a big "high five"! :)
     
    03-01-2012, 08:59 PM
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Originally Posted by Cmurdock57    
Thanks I've only been on for about a half hour now and have already got some great advice. I hope this forum will always be as helpful as it has been so far.
Welcome :) by the way
     
    03-02-2012, 07:48 AM
  #9
Green Broke
Here's another tip for you. When haltering on or off, and even for bridling, have the horse turn it's head towards you and down. I stand by the shoulder and have them turn their head and bring it down for me. It'll take a little time to teach them. Basically it is a submissive position for them.
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    03-02-2012, 08:21 PM
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Green Broke
Another thing to do each time you halter/unhalter is to make them back up a step or two, and also stand still. And do this every time.

That gets horse used to looking for cues from you as to what is going to happen, also sets up a mindset of you being leader.

I also never unhalter until horse is in ears forward mode.
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