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        12-15-2012, 01:02 AM
    You will have to use a whip or something just to snap to get their attention that you mean buisness.
    I have 4 of my own horses and 1 boarded here (I used to have 3 but they moved out of province) and they all know when I walk in I am in charge, not them. When I take hay out for them I carry a buggy whip, I don't even have to swing it, they know stay back until the hay hits the ground. My youngster who is going to be 4 has always known to stand back, I can leave the gate open when I am taking 4 of them out from feeding to the pasture and he will not move past the open gate unless I call him through......they aren't dumb and with a whip you don't have to even hit them....swing it back and forth in front like someone said....
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        12-15-2012, 06:13 AM
    Green Broke
    Is this your place or where you are boarding at? If its your place, you can make the decision how to deal with them. If the other owners don't like it, they can move their horses. If its where you board, have you talked to the owner/manager? See if they have a problem with you disciplining the horses. I don't think they will. Again, if the owners of the other horses have a problem, they can move their horses or get the behavior corrected so there isn't an issue.

    The first few times you probably will have to smack a horse or two. The next few times you might just have to wave the whip at them. Not too long and they will stay back on their own.
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        12-15-2012, 07:07 PM
    Thanks for all your advice and I willtry out with a lunge line for a few weeks to see how it goes but most of the horses are not scared of the whip even when it touches them but ill take all theadvice on board
    Thanks everyone
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        12-16-2012, 05:14 PM
    Green Broke
    They are not respecting the whip because no one has taught them to. And they won't unless you get after them hard, and change your body language so that they see you as being in charge.

    Get after them so that they are off of the gate and you.
        12-16-2012, 05:23 PM
    Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
    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.
    This or, I sometimes will just use the end of my lead to keep the "bubble" around me clear. I have learned to swing it in a vertical circle (up and down) with my arm outstretched. I just walk where I want in the pasture swining my rope and the stay clear. A few have been hit with it, so not they know when they see it. I am not good with too many things in my hands, so it is easiest for me, who is a bit of a clutts. I also use it when I am leading and a horse starts pushing past me too. Comes in handy. I do know that there are horses who will not respect that, but IMO, most will. One who won't may not respect a whip much either.
        12-16-2012, 05:31 PM
    Instead of them invading your space you need to invade there's. Going to them with a higher energy and making them move from the whip will help you get the point across. Be firm when you smack them. You can't always peck at horses to get what you want. They don't respect the whip? Then it's time for a new lesson. Be firm and MAKE them move. Your the boss of the pasture when your in it not them.
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