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post #1 of 27 Old 10-24-2012, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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How do I get a horse at my barn to be more respectful?

There is a horse at the barn I ride at (I don't own a horse) that constantly is disrespectful towards me and my friends in my lesson, in the paddock he will charge and lunge at you and if you do show him who's boss he nips at you and pins his ears, if you try and get him in the stall he will put his butt in the door and kick out or lunge. Once you get him he is usually fine except for occasional nipping and kicking. To ride he pretty much an angel except lately if he thinks your going to canter he will do little crow hops until you let him! Any suggestions to make him listen???
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post #2 of 27 Old 10-24-2012, 01:54 PM
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Who owns him? They're the one who should be addressing his disrespect issues.
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Ground work...

If he doesn't respect you on the ground then he will not respect you in the saddle either. I personally like Clinton Anderson for groundwork and respect issues. Also carry a lunge whip or riding crop with you and give him a smack on the butt when he tries to pull his little stunts. He sounds dangerous so be careful. I hope you find something that works for you.

I am by no means a trainer but I own a very pushy and bossy mare. We are currently using clinton anderson for our groundwork mixed with parelli's 7 games and I have already seen a huge improvement. Again good luck with him :)

And the above post is right... whoever owns him needs to take responsibility for him. This could turn into a very dangerous situation very quickly. Talk to the barn manager or your lessons instructor and MAKE someone take responsibility. I can just imagine the horror if someone got hurt :(

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Unless you have the owners permission, you cannot do anything on the ground with the horse. And honestly as you have to ask how, I wouldn't allow you to work it.
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Who owns him? They're the one who should be addressing his disrespect issues.
My BO owns him but he is ridden by almost everyone and he doesn't disrespect the BO or any instructors only the students especially the younger ones because he knows he can get away with it.
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since the horse is not yours, you need to ask the barn for directions as to how to deal with him or avoid him.
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Ground work...

If he doesn't respect you on the ground then he will not respect you in the saddle either. I personally like Clinton Anderson for groundwork and respect issues. Also carry a lunge whip or riding crop with you and give him a smack on the butt when he tries to pull his little stunts. He sounds dangerous so be careful. I hope you find something that works for you.

I am by no means a trainer but I own a very pushy and bossy mare. We are currently using clinton anderson for our groundwork mixed with parelli's 7 games and I have already seen a huge improvement. Again good luck with him :)

And the above post is right... whoever owns him needs to take responsibility for him. This could turn into a very dangerous situation very quickly. Talk to the barn manager or your lessons instructor and MAKE someone take responsibility. I can just imagine the horror if someone got hurt :(
I usually carry a crop when getting him from the stall but he's one of those school horses who has seen everything do it hardly bothers him but if you grab him quick he's usually fine and in the paddock if he starts to act up hittin your boot with the lead rope calms him down but he still nips.
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[QUOTE=AlexS;1731113] And honestly as you have to ask how, I wouldn't allow you to work it.[/

There is only one way to learn and that's to get out there and do it. I didnt know what I was doing at first, and with some help, I am training my mare by myself successfully. Ground work is not hard.

And at least she is asking. It takes a lot to ask for help and it seems like she is eager to learn. She also obviously has an instructor on hand to help her which is why I mentioned it.

If you have permission, I say go for the ground work.

But I am still sticking with the main solution of the actual owner taking responsibility. A dangerous horse at a public barn = horror of all kinds
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If he belongs to the BO, she has to know he's a major liability. The first time he seriously nails a youngster, she'll lose the whole farm and it won't be anyone's fault but her own.

He sounds as if he's just fed up with being an up-and-down lesson horse. Sour, bad attitude, and taking it out on people he considers beneath him in the herd pecking order.

Either his owner does something about him, or he's going to continue to escalate his behavior. This isn't your problem, dear. It's his owner's, and she needs to do something about it.

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And honestly as you have to ask how, I wouldn't allow you to work it.[/

There is only one way to learn and that's to get out there and do it. I didnt know what I was doing at first, and with some help, I am training my mare by myself successfully. Ground work is not hard.

And at least she is asking. It takes a lot to ask for help and it seems like she is eager to learn. She also obviously has an instructor on hand to help her which is why I mentioned it.

If you have permission, I say go for the ground work.

But I am still sticking with the main solution of the actual owner taking responsibility. A dangerous horse at a public barn = horror of all kinds
Agreed, but it's not her horse. And it's a massive liability to have someone working the horse on the BO's property, especially if the horse can be dangerous, and even more so if the person doesn't know what they are doing.
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