Originally Posted by horseloverd2
They don't understand? Any horse at our barn will respond with a simple "Quit it!" or "Eh!" Even my ultra sensitive mare listens to me when I snap at her. She knows any time I raise my voice she better straighten up real quick and respects that.
At least, that's my experience.
ALL of my critters know if I 'growl' at them, they had best knock it off.
Last night my mare was going to pull at the hitching post. A friend is riding her while her own horse is laid up. My mare likes to pull things on new people - 1200# and very imposing. As she started to pull I said KNOCK IT OFF in my growly voice and stood up (we were at thr picnic table between the outdoor rings.) Mare stood back up and turned to give me the stink eye. She didn't try it again.
Every horse on the property looks when I growl. My boarders find it hysterical.