Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
Striking, I was working with a long yearling TB filly, she was (still is) a brat, if you fussed to much over grooming or petting she would strike, kick, or bite. When I was grooming and she tried to strike it would get a quick slap and verbal cue (Ssst), then driving away and having to work hard. Pretty soon I'd see her eye change and and all I had to do was the verbal cue and she would stop.
Ears back, I have had many horses that want the carrot I've got so they lay their ears back. If it is a horse that I know the personality of (they won't turn around and kick me) they got a verbal command (Ears!) and a knuckle rap on the nose. They only get the carrot when they come to me with ears forward and a happy expression. I had one horse trained so he would be chasing another horse at feeding time (he was lead horse), and I would just have to say, "Zayn, ears!", he'd stop and turn to me with ears forward and then he'd come and protect me from all the other horses.
Running by and kicking out, I hate this! My siblings have had horses that do this. I haven't had one yet, but perhaps because they know that they are going to die if they try.
Rubbing their head on me, I'm not a scratching post. They get a sharp elbow in the neck.
Grazing while riding/leading, not allowed. My gelding right now is very heavy on the halter/bit, I have found that not allowing grazing while with me is the best way to not have to have a tug-of-war with him every time I work with him. He really likes to push this as much as he can.
Rearing, yikes! A yearling colt I had once tried this when I would ask him to trot on line, he only tried it in about three sessions. Every time he reared he got a swat from my rope and I'd drive him forward, hard. My gelding that I have now used to try this as well when I got him away from the herd. He got the same treatment, he no longer rears.
Other things that drive me crazy, a horse that tries to leave when you are grooming, saddling, or mounting/dismounting. A horse that won't walk on a loose rein. A horse that won't slow down from a gallop (I'm working on this with my gelding).
And worst of all a horse that walks through you like you weren't standing there. This results in me poking, elbowing, kicking their feet (not too hard), and using my rope to drive them away and making them work.
I figure if a girl wants to be a LEGEND, she should just go ahead and be one. ~Calamity Jane