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    05-04-2008, 08:58 PM
  #1
Banned
getting really pushy and in your face

Lately Sonny has been getting really pushy and in your face. Mainly he does it to be loved, since this last place he was at he got little to no attention at all, but it's starting to become quite a problem.

Usually what I'll do with him is that I'll make him respect my space until I ask him to come close and then I give him loves, but it's just starting to get out of hand.

He always wants to be close to me...he always will nudge me or feel me with his lips (no biting though, thankfully), and I am really happy that he likes me and everything, but I'm just getting to the point where it's getting annoying.

I noticed how bad it's gotten on Friday for the farrier...throughout the whole trimming time, Sonny was nudging me and rubbing his head on me...I'd push his head away of course, but he'd continue and continue...I thought for a minute that he had an itchy head, so I pushed his head away from me and then itched his head, but it wasn't the problem.
Usually I'd give him a small tap on the nose telling him to stop, but since the farrier was there, I didn't want to...because Sonny usually throws his head up or backs up and I didn't want to bother my farrier.

For lessons I keep him in a stall, and he now weaves whenever he can see me/hear me, but I'm not close enough. I'll check on him and correct him if he's weaving, but sometimes he'll go back. When I enter the stall carrying something...whether hay or grooming supplies or grain...I'll enter kinda backwards because Sonny will go close and not let me in too easily (mainly I think he doesn't know he's that big haha), and when I try to enter I'll say back, and usually he'll back up nicely and let me enter...but now he won't move...I'll have to press up against him and push him back...and also he crowds me while I'm grooming him.

What can I do to get him to mind my space more?

He's a really sensitive horse...any little thing usually upsets him, so I don't want to get him to be afraid of anything or myself.
     
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    05-04-2008, 09:31 PM
  #2
Trained
Have you tried waiting him out a minute after telling him 'back'? Sometimes our 6 yr old mare will crowd me at the gate and she'll try and wait to see if I'm serious, but after 20-30 seconds, she'll move back to her 'proper' 6-10 feet away and stand patiently. If she doesn't move back far enough the first time, I'll stay outside the gate and tell her 'back' again. I think she's just testing me
     
    05-04-2008, 10:01 PM
  #3
Banned
I do wait a good 30 seconds usually (unless I'm in a hurry to do something) and see if he'll actually back up on his own, but he hasn't been doing it at all
     
    05-05-2008, 03:36 PM
  #4
Yearling
That's the "rub" when it comes to horse, you let them have a inch and you can be sure it's going to grow to a foot.

You have one choice, nip it in the bud. That means if he comes into your space you get those feet moving. He's not nudging you because he likes you, he's doing it because he figures if he bugs you enough you'll end whatever is going on, like the farrier. He's learned this behaviour from your interaction with him.

In his stall he's crowding you because he knows he can, a person should not be entering a stall backwards, it's not safe..... take a crop with you if need be and walk straight in. He crowds, you growl and show him the crop. ( I'm not saying to hit him).

Basically your starting a ground zero, unfortunately you've let him get away with too much and now you need to re-establish the boundaries.
     
    05-05-2008, 05:30 PM
  #5
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Originally Posted by G&K's Mom
That's the "rub" when it comes to horse, you let them have a inch and you can be sure it's going to grow to a foot.

You have one choice, nip it in the bud. That means if he comes into your space you get those feet moving. He's not nudging you because he likes you, he's doing it because he figures if he bugs you enough you'll end whatever is going on, like the farrier. He's learned this behaviour from your interaction with him.

In his stall he's crowding you because he knows he can, a person should not be entering a stall backwards, it's not safe..... take a crop with you if need be and walk straight in. He crowds, you growl and show him the crop. ( I'm not saying to hit him).


Basically your starting a ground zero, unfortunately you've let him get away with too much and now you need to re-establish the boundaries.
he actually likes his farrier...and I don't think he's doing it to bug me I think he's doing it more to get my affection. He's a people horse and loves being around people more than horse's haha.

If I take a crop in with him he'll try to kick me...he flintches each time I touch a crop to him (not even hitting him...just gently pressing it to his side). I never ride with one on him because he listens perfectly and isn't used to one. He's really nervous around crops and even people carrying one....he spazzed out when I grabbed a crop from the wall to give to another rider cause she asked for one. I don't know if he's been previously abused by one before or if he is just that spooky around things he's never seen before.

I haven't let him get away with stuff...I am good (or at least I think so) at correcting him if he gets too close or is getting too pushy...I'll growl at him, and make him backup and stay far away from me...I think most of it is due to my mom (I don't mean to be putting the blame on her) because she doesn't really realize the importance of having a horse respect a human's space...I've tried to explain that to her, but she doesn't really listen
     
    05-05-2008, 05:57 PM
  #6
Started
When my horse gets in my face, I'll warn him and then move him. Since he knows better, he gets a pop in the face each time he gets in my face after that.
     
    05-05-2008, 06:09 PM
  #7
Banned
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Originally Posted by Harlee rides horses
When my horse gets in my face, I'll warn him and then move him. Since he knows better, he gets a pop in the face each time he gets in my face after that.
Usually I would pop them on the face or nose (not hard of course), but Sonny is so sensitive that, yes while he'll respect my space, but he'll also make it hard for me to do anything with him cause he'll try to run way from me and act like I literally beat him
     
    05-05-2008, 06:14 PM
  #8
Started
Chain lead-rope then. Or after you hit him, grab him and wave your hands around his head to show that you won't hit him.
     
    05-05-2008, 09:16 PM
  #9
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Originally Posted by Harlee rides horses
Chain lead-rope then. Or after you hit him, grab him and wave your hands around his head to show that you won't hit him.
I personally don't approve of chains....his main problem is when he's in a stall with me....and I can't keep a lead on him when he's in a stall...I don't even leave his halter on when he's in a stall...I use a rope halter also for him, not a nylon one
     
    05-05-2008, 10:54 PM
  #10
Trained
Usually a sign of dominance. Maybe some groundwork and respect techniques will help you out ;)
     

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