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post #1 of 48 Old 12-20-2010, 10:44 AM Thread Starter
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George's behavior caught on video ...

I took this video clip this morning (just a few minutes ago). It's kind of humiliating for me because I look HIDEOUS ! BUT - if I want to figure out how to handle George correctly, well then I guess this video clip is almost necessary in order to figure out what George is doing and how I should counteract.

So don't mind my huge butt in my ugly sweat pants, or my ugly hair do. I feel rediculous even sharing the video.lol.

Am I being to easy going with him and letting him push ME around ... should I be more pushy and demanding ? Not sure how good you can see - but he "acts" like he's going to bite me several times. When I put my hand up and tell him no he quite. Until he tries it again that is ... Hope you can see everything good enough ....
Here it is :

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post #2 of 48 Old 12-20-2010, 10:55 AM
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Well he is obviously uncomfortable with you touching him. I don't see any real attempts to bite you however, he is annoyed with your presence and touch.

Is he being turned out? Is it possible that he is just tired of being cooped up?

Any chance he is in any kind of pain?

Did he have to make a big food change since he has come to you? Could he have some stomach issues coming on that are making him just generally cranky?
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post #3 of 48 Old 12-20-2010, 10:59 AM
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It seems like you're being too...shy. Instead of standing there, wanting him to come over to you, walk in and get his bucket, and walk out. The more you act like you want him to like you and want to please him, the less he will. It just seems like he half-thinks he's the boss, and is very iffy about wanting you near him and petting him, but will tolerate it because he knows better than to actually hurt you.



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post #4 of 48 Old 12-20-2010, 11:46 AM
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I tend to agree with Alltheprettyhorses. He has to know that you're the boss. This doesn't have to come in the form of making him do things, but just being headstrong like he is, I'm sure and moving toward him and with him with confidence.
He won't gain any if you don't.
I actually use the 'I'm the boss applesauce.' statement with Jojo and as soon as it comes out of my mouth he knows he's in trouble and cuts the foolishness.
Show him you love him by being the alpha.

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post #5 of 48 Old 12-20-2010, 04:39 PM
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I have to agree with Dusty too. My RMH is like that and he is just testing me. You have to move with confidence and purpose. I also always walk with my elbows out when we walk together. That way when He 'goes for me' He hits my elbow, it only takes a few bumps before he stops. Instead of petting him, I would give him a quick pat, but groom him, with purpose. Just keep going and do what needs to be done, and keep an elbow ready just in case the head comes your way.

He does look like a great horse, and I bet he would like to play. Maybe a jolly ball or something would help him keep busy.
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post #6 of 48 Old 12-20-2010, 05:02 PM
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Act like you're going to brush him, you're going to pick up his foot, period. Don't be so timid, just make him think you're going to do exactly what you want and he'll come to respect you more.
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Exactly what the others above me said. My new guy, has been doing the same thing, or really I had been doing the same thing. We love our new guys, and want to be really really nice to them so they can have that great bond with us but the horse is looking for a leader, and if we can't be that then they will assume the rule. I've been standing straighter and doing what I want to do with him, I'm still gentle and loving with him. My boy is a big baby, only 2 and half, and was very under weight when I got him, not that he getting healthier he has a lot more energy and had become quite the divo. I started leading him around but only letting him stop when I want him to, if he stops pn his own then I make him turn in a circle and eventually he decides to do what I want. This is a good way to gain his respect in hand. Good luck, and I look forward to reading updates since we are sort of in the same boat. My boy is also believed to be a standardbred although no one knows for sure, just lots of opinions leading that way.
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p.s. You hair is actually amazing! My sister got the curly hair and I didn't.
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I'm sure I'll be corrected if I'm wrong but it looks like true avoidance. It could be a lack of respect. Looks like he is saying "Look lady just leave me alone". When he went to sniff your hand you should have let him and then walked away.


I'm also curious as to how much turn out he gets and what you are feeding him. But I'd also like to know how big that stall is and if he has ever gotten his hoof caught between the spaces on the gate (just out of curiosity).

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post #10 of 48 Old 12-20-2010, 05:56 PM
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Exactly what the others above me said. My new guy, has been doing the same thing, or really I had been doing the same thing. We love our new guys, and want to be really really nice to them so they can have that great bond with us but the horse is looking for a leader, and if we can't be that then they will assume the rule. I've been standing straighter and doing what I want to do with him, I'm still gentle and loving with him. My boy is a big baby, only 2 and half, and was very under weight when I got him, not that he getting healthier he has a lot more energy and had become quite the divo. I started leading him around but only letting him stop when I want him to, if he stops pn his own then I make him turn in a circle and eventually he decides to do what I want. This is a good way to gain his respect in hand. Good luck, and I look forward to reading updates since we are sort of in the same boat. My boy is also believed to be a standardbred although no one knows for sure, just lots of opinions leading that way.

Your story s very similar to mine. Hunter was an underfed 18 month old when I adopted him and as he grew up (just turned 3 a few months ago) he had a similar attitude as George does. It has taken me some learning but I have seen a huge difference since I started just going about my business matter of fact and not petting and coddling. He now respects me more, doesn't try and nip (as often). Though he still tests me lol
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