Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Washington, USA.
I wouldn't care if it was my horse or not, if I go into a pasture and a horse tries to attack me in anyway, it WILL get a whack it will remember, consequences be da**ed. I'd go out with a dressage whip, and if it gets too close in a threatening manner, I good whack on it's shoulder will do it some good. It's not even always the pain that gets the horse to stop and think, it's the sound. The problem with just cracking a whip is one] the person has to be able to crack a whip in one try, and two] the horse has to be afraid of the sound. With a dressage whip, there is the actual contact, so whether it makes a sound or not is irrelevant.
As far as other things, I would have your friend work with the little boogar. Anything she can do to gain his trust and respect will help their future together and his future anywhere else.
About leading him away from his hay, that might not be a good idea first thing. You want to set the horse up for success, make it as easy as possible to do what you are asking, so if you [the figurative 'you' that is] put hay down for the two horses and then take one away, it will upset the problem horse and could cause him to react even more so. Your friend can just practice leading him around. It's hard when his mouth is so low, but if your leading and he tries to bite, if you can reach his muzzle with your hand, give him a solid pop on the side of his mouth. If you can't comfortably reach his mouth, your knee works just fine. Biting means something bad will happen, it should only take a few times for him to understand.
I also want to make sure that your friend doesn't plan to ride either of these mini's. Chances are she is much much much too big. It seems obvious to some people, and not so obvious to others, so I'm just making sure.
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."
Last edited by riccil0ve; 08-12-2009 at 08:28 PM.