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    05-14-2012, 10:30 PM
Horse is not respecting me

So lately I've been haveing issues with bert not respecting me he runs me over pulls my arm off for grass (and I cannot for the life of me get his head up) and just plain disrepect! Example today I let him out in the arena thinking he would let me catch him after and hour but ohhhh noooo he decided to run from me for three hours!!!! I am a new horse owner and have only been dealing with horses for three year but have been close to them since before I could walk..... I was wondering if someone in cloverdale b.c or anyone could help me its so frustrating because I do not want to hurt him.... I need help asap I fear that oneday he may do something to hurt us both and I want to get this dealt with now
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    05-14-2012, 10:33 PM
He needs to know that you are the boss. Don't be afraid to be firm with him, an animal that large can hurt anyone.
    05-14-2012, 10:35 PM
An other thing I should add is that he is pritty much bombproof I can even tap him on the chest with a whip to get him to back up even with a rope halter on he just don't listen one bit he doesnt care
    05-14-2012, 10:50 PM
I would suggest walking by him firmly and repeatedly. Don't look at him and don't try to catch him. Make him think that what he does doesn't matter to you. He'll probably watch you for a couple minutes, but he WILL eventually get tired of not getting attention and give in. It's similar to a kid. Any attention is still attention. If he turns from you turn from him. NEVER give in to him! Let him know that you don't care he "just did that"
I have a TB who HATES to work but is a dream under the saddle. It used to take her old owners over an hour to catch her. I can catch her in less than 3 and that includes walking time to get to the pasture.
    05-14-2012, 10:54 PM
One more thing. Reestablish yourself as boss. I understand the loving part because I am a firm believer in trust and love, BUT in order to have control of your horse you absolutely have to be firm! If he head butts you then you need to throw your arm up to say, "hey...this is my space, DON'T invade it without my permission". If you're scared of him he will sense it. Try your hardest to suppress that feeling! It will help a ton!
    05-14-2012, 10:55 PM
Its so frustrating for me lol he knows how to push my buttons but he rear up on evberyone else and is a jerk to them but generaly bert is a sweet heart to me and wont do anythin but being cheeky... reminds me of when I was younger lol (im 19 now)
    05-14-2012, 11:14 PM
I should have said earlier....3 minutes! OOPS!

Hurting you or someone else is a big issue. If you can NOT do it yourself, get a professional who deals with bull headed issues. It'll cost you some money, but it is better than getting hurt. Like I said, you have to be firm and if you can't do that out of fear (it happens to the best of us sometimes), get someone who isn't scared of that particular issue.

Reading your last comment makes me think it is an attention/boss issue. I've had a few that were spoiled by their owners and had to sensitize them back to who is in control.
    05-14-2012, 11:19 PM
Eek that is one of my biggest issues in december when I got him he was skin and bone because he was a rescue so I coddled him and didnt make him do anything he didnt wonna do because I felt sooo bad for the lil guy and now I regret spoiling him
    05-14-2012, 11:27 PM
Originally Posted by WesternRider    
an other thing I should add is that he is pritty much bombproof I can even tap him on the chest with a whip to get him to back up even with a rope halter on he just don't listen one bit he doesnt care
That's not called being bombproof. That's called not giving a **** about what you say and thinking his in charge. In a phrase: he doesn't respect you.

Any time he gets "a little cheeky", get after his butt and make him think it's the end of the world. Shank him back if you have to, smack him on the chest with the lead rope or a dressage whip or crop (not tap, SMACK, make him move his feet. YOU are the boss, not him. Right now, you're nothing to him but another horse (albeit a two-legged one) that he can walk all over and treat any way he wants. Watch a herd interacting. If he tried acting the way he acts with you toward a more dominant horse in the herd, he'd get his a$$ handed to him. You need to do the same thing.

Disrespect in ANY form is NEVER okay. That's how people get hurt.
    05-14-2012, 11:27 PM
ALL of my horses that I own are rescue horses so you're talking to the right person (I train rescue and non rescue horses as well). It is natural to want to coddle them because they do need extra attention to get their weight and trust built back up. HOWEVER, and that's a big however, once they are strong enough to do what they couldn't before...they WILL show their spark (I would too if I had been weak for so long). It takes determination and work to get through the issue. My suggestion if you can't hire someone to do it is to ask friends who have been around and worked with horses to help. If you don't have anyone, then you have 2 options: Get firm with him or get a professional. I would strongly suggest a professional who specializes in neglect cases.

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