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    11-28-2012, 12:07 PM
Horse turns bum towards you

What do you do if your horse turns his bum to you?
I was grooming the other day and my horse just turned around and planted me a big fat bum to look at....
"I felt like he was giving me the finger or something like that" lol!
He has done this once before I had him tied and was talking to a friend about a horse length away and he just turned his rear towards me.

Each time I would smack him with a rope and force him to move around..
I am wondering if I am doing the right thing, I know he is disrespecting me.
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    11-28-2012, 12:12 PM
Yep, bum in face =bad. Make sure you get your point across before you get kicked. One big stern smack and growl should do the trick the second that he thinks about turning his bum to you.
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    11-28-2012, 12:14 PM
Is he wanting his bum scratched? , either way its bad manners if he is directing it to you. You will have to teach him to face you instead.
Clinton Anderson TV is a good show to watch. Click on episode guide and watch his shows, their are new ones every week I think. I have been watching and learning alot of new techniques.
    11-28-2012, 12:23 PM
Yes, bad manners....

While I am comfortable knowing that my horses just want their butts scratched, it is always in my mind that they could kick. There are times I allow it knowing they want to be scratched. But most times, I do not allow it and remind them with a swat and asking them to move over or a fling of the lead rope. I try to keep them guessing, knowing that most times I don't allow it so they kind of have to ask me, not just swing over automatically for a scratch. Also, they need to know that they can't just do it with anyone....other people may think they are going to kick etc.
    11-28-2012, 12:33 PM
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    11-28-2012, 12:40 PM
Originally Posted by Spotted    
Is he wanting his bum scratched? , either way its bad manners if he is directing it to you. You will have to teach him to face you instead.
Clinton Anderson TV is a good show to watch. Click on episode guide and watch his shows, their are new ones every week I think. I have been watching and learning alot of new techniques.
Looks like I am doing the right thing then.
Yea it is bad Lins, I don't think he will kick me its just giving me the finger type thing because he is cocked and relaxed off of one leg in the back..With his ears pointed back a bit like he is irritated..

No I don't think he is wanting his bum scratched lol..That would be a possibility but I see attitude in his ears..
I've had him four months now he is new to me and he's four yrs old. He has some learning to do..
I ordered the Fundamental's and I am counting down the hrs till it gets here. I can't wait!
I love to watch his show's too..

Oldhorseladay yes good point, I don't want him doing this to other ppl for sure!

Just wondering if a smack and make him move is enough? I guess it is w/what you are all telling me so I will keep at it. Thank you :)
    11-28-2012, 12:51 PM
Yes, if he is having attitude then make your point and firmly! He is young and new to you, so he will try and push your buttons probably. Keep a lead rope...not attached to the horse.....draped over your shoulders, ready to swing firmly at any time....a good one is one with the little leather at the end. Meanwhile do exericises yielding his hindquarters etc. to teach him to move away from you and pressure. In a little time, all you will need to do to move him is touch him and tell him 'over' or whatever term you use. Mostly he just won't do it at all and he will keep his attention on you asking you if you want him to move over.
    11-28-2012, 12:52 PM
You want to be careful swatting a horse away with any semblance of an aggressive or fearful or 'respect my space' posture when they stick their butt in your face. They may not have even been thinking of kicking but if the human was going to do anything to make a kick likely that would be it.

If they stick their butt in your face and don't kick, it's more likely because they're attempting to tell you where it itches (especially during grooming). Many will really enjoy and appreciate having their tailbone scratched. You wouldn't have to oblige them, but it will really help a horse learn to appreciate people if you do. XD
    11-28-2012, 12:52 PM
P.S. Since he is new to you and you are not used to his reactions....while you are teaching him this, make sure you are out of kicking range in case he protests.
    11-28-2012, 01:05 PM
Ha ha yes oldhorselady thank you:) I don't want to get kicked for sure!

Ian Mc good point you have I can always back away and Que before smacking if he don't move. Or point a finger w/pressure in his side to move.

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