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post #1 of 30 Old 03-07-2012, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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This horse came at me while lunging

I was working my friend's horse and I went to ask him to go in the first direction and when I clucked at him he turned towards me pinned his ears struck at me with his front right hoof then lunged at me. He did this every time I asked him to go.

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post #2 of 30 Old 03-07-2012, 09:27 PM
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What did you do in response? He charged you and you gave him a second opportunity to do it again? This is a very dangerous situation and is not likely to turn out well.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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post #3 of 30 Old 03-07-2012, 09:28 PM
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Depending how aggressive the horse will get. I would have a whip I usually use my lunge whip.

When they paw at me or come towards me (depending how close they are) I would stay in place or take a step torwards them and give them a good hit to the chest or shoulder.

I have a horse who charged towards me (though not aggressively) and after doing this a few times he learnt it was easier to stay out then to come into me unwelcomed and get a good hard wack.

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post #4 of 30 Old 03-07-2012, 09:34 PM
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Your personal space is the most important thing. I never tolerate a horse coming at me on the lunge line or striking at me. I agree with the above poster. Carry a lunge whip with you. He comes near you again step towards him, say "no" in a growly voice. If he doesnt back off, smack him on the chest with the whip. It sounds like he's trying to see if he can intimidate you into letting him out of work. He's probably mostly bark though. A couple good smacks and he should start behaving better for you.good luck! I hope this helps
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post #5 of 30 Old 03-07-2012, 09:37 PM
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Depending how aggressive the horse will get. I would have a whip I usually use my lunge whip.

When they paw at me or come towards me (depending how close they are) I would stay in place or take a step torwards them and give them a good hit to the chest or shoulder.

I have a horse who charged towards me (though not aggressively) and after doing this a few times he learnt it was easier to stay out then to come into me unwelcomed and get a good hard wack.
I had tried that with a horse and he struck at me every time I struck him. It was a horse on loan with my friend and I thought he was dangerous and she would get hurt. She finally sent him packing when he went crazy riding him in the round pen. I know another lady that was killed lunging a horse that either struck or kicked her.
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post #6 of 30 Old 03-07-2012, 09:49 PM
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I had tried that with a horse and he struck at me every time I struck him. It was a horse on loan with my friend and I thought he was dangerous and she would get hurt. She finally sent him packing when he went crazy riding him in the round pen. I know another lady that was killed lunging a horse that either struck or kicked her.
I'm no professional but that is why I said it depends on how aggressive the horse is. I wouldn't do it with a horse that is 'crazy' or over agressive. If its too bad I wouldn't want anything to do with the horse. I just also know horses that appear agressive like this but back down the moment you put them in their place.

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My horse did this and I whiped close to him and he's never charged me again he likes to stand there and pin his ears with ihs head up and complian about working but in the end I win and he gets a workout, but I work mine in a round pen.
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post #8 of 30 Old 03-07-2012, 10:04 PM
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If you cannot make the horse believe you have the power to kill him (for a split second), then you can't deal with an aggressive horse like that. I have been with one horse like that, and within seconds both he knew and I knew that I could NOT make him believe my authority, so I knew the only safe thing to do was get out of the pen and leave him to the more experience person.
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reading all these responses, I guess it really does depend on how aggressive the horse really is. For me, when I deal with horses, I only put at much pressure on him as he/she does to me. Don't go beyond the limits that he's set <-- if that makes any sense.
My horse has done this many times in the past when I first got him. I always have my carrot stick with me when I lunge him and as soon as he charged at me i'd raise my stick and firmly swing the rope over top of his bum and send him back out to whatever gait he was in. If he ever cut in on me i'd swing the rope over his withers or use the other end and tap his withers with it until he gives in.
Timing is important too, pressure and release.

Hope this helped, and good luck!

OH! And also, never let that horse get away with it. EVER! End on a good note. But make sure he knows what was done.. was wrong. :)
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post #10 of 30 Old 03-07-2012, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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I had a whip with me and did hit him in the chest. Yet every time I would go to get him going again he would act all angry again. I've lunged him numerous times in the past with little to no trouble. But today was something totally different
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