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    12-14-2012, 07:52 AM
Unhappy HELP!! pushy horses

Hi im having problems with horses pushing and being boisturous by the gate when trying to get another horse out there is 7 horses in the field aged 1-20 mostly youngsters but a couple of them have become very pushy at the gate to get out because not all the horses are mine and most of the horses don't respond to the whip I was wondering what other options I have ? Please help
Btw sorry if this makes no sense please tell me if it don't.
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    12-14-2012, 07:59 AM
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What kind of whip do you use? I suggest a lean and mean dressage whip or a lunge whip that is thin enough to make sharp noises. Don't let them even get to the point where they are all crowding by the gates - use the whip before that, as you are approaching the gates with your horse, walk with confidence and keep a LARGE personal space around you. When anyone enters it, MEAN it when you use the whip to send them out of your space. You don't need to hit them senselessly, just a quick, sharp touch to get the message across, and swinging it around you to reinforce the size of your personal space. Pretend you are a mare and the gate is your foal you need to guard, and try to act with the consequency and the strong opinion of such mare. ;)
    12-14-2012, 08:45 AM
Hi I don't really want to use anything harsh as not all horses are mine and the horses don't care no matter what you do they know that when someone comes to get a horse its feeding time therefore they don't listen to anything you do :( but I will have a go at this :) thankyou
    12-14-2012, 09:03 AM
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You don't need to be physically harsh. The lean n'mean dressage whips just make more noise and their touch is quick and stingy, as an insect bite, instead of a flat and unimpressive "thump" that a stiffer whip might give and that just lets the horses to stay dull. What you really need is more self confidence to preserve your personal space and precise timing not to let the herd to crowd you. Watch the horses in the pasture, how the more dominant horses don't let those lower in rank to invade their personal space - how they use their body language to show they mean business. You can do the same. ;)

Be careful, though. You don't want to push them into fighting you.
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    12-14-2012, 09:20 AM
Originally Posted by midnight dream    
hi I don't really want to use anything harsh as not all horses are mine and the horses don't care no matter what you do they know that when someone comes to get a horse its feeding time therefore they don't listen to anything you do :( but I will have a go at this :) thankyou
Making noise with a whip is not harsh. It doesn't matter that the horses are not yours - you are entitled to be safe.
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    12-14-2012, 12:40 PM
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Are you in a boarding situation or........?
    12-14-2012, 08:17 PM
The snap of the whip will come to mean nothing. Grab your lunge whip, hold it waist height and swing it side to side. One horse will walk into it, get a good smack on the shoulder and move away. Continue to swing the whip side to side and move toward them. They will soon be trying to get away. Do this each time you enter the gate and they'll soon start hanging back.
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    12-14-2012, 10:04 PM
Agreed to what is posted above take a lunge whip with you. A lot of the time the mere sight or cracking sound of the whip is enough of a threat that they move off. If they challenge you give them a tap on the shoulder or hip and make them move off. Once this becomes routine they will stay away automatically. Even if some of the horses aren't yours you have a right to your safety and space. Being crowded by multiple horses is dangerous you can be shoved down, bitten or kicked. Asserting your dominance and space with a lunge whip isn't abusive. Your safety comes FIRST don't forget that.
    12-14-2012, 10:20 PM
When horses at my barn I ride at are pushy or agressive (expesually during feeding time because they are out at pasture and are fed all at once) we take a lunge whip without the cord and if the horses get to close and invade your space, they get a good hard whack on the shoulder or flanks. Don't be afraid to tap them. The same goes when the horses rub on fences or push on them.
    12-14-2012, 10:26 PM
You want to REALLY make 'em move, tape a plastic grocery bag to the end of your whip. Most horses you see in these stables haven't been exposed to that much and will go flying off like if a dog charged into the middle of a flock of pigeons. You'd want to make sure that no one got flattened by doing that, though. :P

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