How to I become the leader with a dominant horse?
   

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

How to I become the leader with a dominant horse?

This is a discussion on How to I become the leader with a dominant horse? within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • How do I become the leader of horses
  • How to bond with dominant horse

Like Tree1Likes
  • 1 Post By WhoaNow

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
    08-14-2011, 11:09 AM
  #1
Weanling
How to I become the leader with a dominant horse?

My 5yo mare is the first horse I've owned that isn't "finished", and she is also the dominant mare in the herd. She's pretty calm with me but does test me in small ways. She's a bully in the pasture with other horses, though, and sometimes in the arena as well. I've never had an overly firm hand and know I need to up my assertiveness with her. I'm going to start working with a trainer for both of us, but I'm looking for some advice and/or info on groundwork I can do to establish my leader position with her and bond. I think it will help our riding out a whole lot. Thanks for any info!
     
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
    08-14-2011, 04:20 PM
  #2
Showing
Since you've watched her bully other horses, you've seen her make them move. That is what you need to do with her when doing groundwork. Move her feet away from you, backwards, sideways forward. Just don't let her decide.
     
    08-14-2011, 04:34 PM
  #3
Banned
I also wonder how much bonding takes place with a dominant horse???
My new horse is more dominant, and I'm not sure we 'bond' like my more submissive horse and I did,...,
But, I never let him think he is herding me, or moving my feet!
I move him around, make him back out of my space, and always end the lesson when/how I want it to end.
No compromises there.
But PLENTY of positive reinforcement for his good behavior.

I believe we are establishing RESPECT.

I think the more situations that I put him in, when we trail ride,
The more our bond/respect will grow.

At least that's my strategy
tinyliny likes this.
     
    08-14-2011, 04:47 PM
  #4
Foal
I reccomend working on her with some of Clinton Anderson's training methods...it improved me and my horse's relationship. Good luck!
     

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Does my horse need to respect me as its leader? corymbia Natural Horsemanship 12 07-09-2011 03:05 PM
Dominant horse! KendallAR Horse Training 16 02-20-2011 12:56 AM
Is your horse a leader or a follower giddyupgo Horse Training 28 05-08-2009 09:07 AM
help with a horse dominant issue? angel2002144 Horse Training 1 02-08-2009 08:01 PM



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:40 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0