10-11-2013, 02:14 PM
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He IS pissed. No doubt about it. He doesn't get why his life should suddenly change. Have you ever lunged him before? I think if he has been a pasture ornament for all these years, that you had better start with just leading excersizes. That is, working on getting him to lead up correctly, back up, move his hind /fore away from you and follow but stay out of your space.
Being able to do these small things well will be a good start because it will show him that you are a calm but consistent and reliable leader, to whom pinning the ears is not effective.
When it comes to lunging him, if he is actually coming at you, you need to use the lunge whip and snap it back and forth in the air in front of him, and even crack him one on the nose if he keeps coming into the space after you've warned him with the whip. Don't be slow or tentative toward a horse that starts to come at you. Pinning ears is thinking about it, turning toward you is beginning to act on it, and the next step COULD be lunging at you with open mouth and sharp hooves. Dont' go to that step. You get in there sooner and use the whip (you don't have to hit him, just make enough commotion to startle him out of that frame of mind) when you see the ears pinning, because he's already thinking about things he shouldnt'.