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post #1 of 16 Old 07-28-2008, 11:00 PM Thread Starter
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horse giving me his back side

Hi, I am new here, and learning alot about my new horse, he is a 6yr. Old paint gelding, I have had him about a week.I have been working with him,with a lead rope and such, he is doing good, learning my trust.But the last couple of days when I go out to feed him and just to spend time with him, he turns completely around and puts his butt in my face, why is this?
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post #2 of 16 Old 07-29-2008, 12:02 AM
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He may be asking you to scratch it for him. Most horses enjoy having the area around their tail scratched and rubbed, as well as their bum.

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post #3 of 16 Old 07-29-2008, 12:06 AM
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I think its pecking order. He is testing you. I don't go around my horse when he's eating. He gets very upset. I make him stand tied and put his food in his feeder and make him wait until I say he can go eat it.

Boo swings his butt around at me sometimes.

Look for signs of anger and such. Ears pinned, tossing head at you, etc.

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post #4 of 16 Old 07-29-2008, 12:09 AM Thread Starter
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well when he turns he usually moves forward,away from me,i feel like its a negitive feeling from him, like get away.But I just stand there and walk to his front side, sometimes he is ok, sometimes he walks away, out in the pasture.
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post #5 of 16 Old 07-29-2008, 12:13 AM
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Is he lower in the pecking order?

I think he is just aware that you are his boss. Lol.

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post #6 of 16 Old 07-29-2008, 12:14 AM Thread Starter
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yeah he doesnt like you being around him while he is eating,Ears pinned and tossing head, I do see alittle of that when he is eating.so I just leave him alone.
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post #7 of 16 Old 07-29-2008, 12:17 AM Thread Starter
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sorry for the dum question, but what does it mean...Is he lower in the pecking order? If its what I think, I only have two horses and they get feed at the same time.they is two us of feeding them.
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post #8 of 16 Old 07-29-2008, 01:20 AM
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Most all horses have a pecking order. As is, who is the boss of who. I was going to say he believes you are higher than he is but since you said he shows aggresion...he is just aggitated and leaves I guess.

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post #9 of 16 Old 07-29-2008, 05:31 AM
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I think that he is just displaying really bad manners. A horse should NEVER ever point its hindquarters at you. If my horses do, I growl at them and demand that they turn around and face me. I do this by asking them to yield their hindquarters so they are once again facing me. I think its a very dangerous thing for a horse to get into the habit of facing their butt at people. You need to get him out of this habit... but be careful, it you get too assertive while you're behind him.. he might kick.

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post #10 of 16 Old 07-29-2008, 09:25 AM
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I don't want my horse's rear pointed at me, ever. If I want to be on the business end I'll go there. If one of my horses (I have 2) swings their rump to me they get a swat with the end of the lead rope or what ever I have that I can tap their rump with and I say " move on". I just send them away if I get thier rump. They can come back to me when they will give me their head...feeding time or not. I also do not allow feeding time to be an excuse for disrespect/bad manners. I'll stand there with the feed bucket untill they decide to behave...then...I'll dump the grain into their feeder.

Hope this helps!!!

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