Originally Posted by charliehorse2012
charlie never pins his ears doesn't turn his butt to me and will circle me within the "catch me" zone but when you reach out to rub him he shy's away. I also would like to add that I know the previous owner and she has a pretty bad attitude when a horse doesn't do what she wants... not going into details but I have seen both said previous owner and her father take a horse that did not want to stand still tie their front feet together and back feet together and just leave them tied to a post. I have also witnessed them getting off the horse they were riding at the time to smack hit and use the reins to discipline the horse just because they wanted to grab a bite of hay when walking though a field. I may be new to this but to me that would be abuse. I'm not talking about smacking on the neck for doing something wrong... I'm talking about getting off the horse yelling and cussing and smacking them repeatedly for up to five or ten minutes at the time... to me that is going to far. They don't try to correct the problems they just retaliate and punish when it happens. Is there a way to get him past thinking that being caught may mean punishment?
I used to work at a barn helping to rehabilitate horses. I've seen some pretty messed up horses. I'm talking about broken pelvic bones, teeth bashed out with baseball bats, horses that wouldn't hesitate to turn around and kick you the moment they feel threatened. Not one of them ran away in the paddock. Abused horses usually have triggers, loud noises, confinement, certain people, etc etc ... One of the barns I ride at has a horse that is near impossible to catch, never been abused, the moment you reach out a hand to her she'll take off. Just because he's not pinning his ears, or turning his butt towards you doesn't mean he's not being disrespectful. If he's doing it out of fear he would probably have wide eyes, sometimes you can see the whites, his tail is clamped down, he is tense ... You've had him for about seven months, what have you been doing with him as far as work?