Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
• Horses: 0
Yeah ... you've got to be tough on this guy. Asserting dominance isn't going to "ruin" him. He has to learn to respect the space of a human and, in the horse world, horses make other horses respect their space by kicking them and biting them. Frankly, if a horse can be kicked by another horse and be fine, there as absolutely NOTHING that I, a weanie little human, can do to hurt a horse by hitting it with my hand. If he charges the gate, elbow him in the chest until he backs off. If you don't want to resort to that right away, you can try making yourself look big by rolling back your shoulders and standing straight and then if you look him in the eye and walk towards him with your hand open and outstretched above your head, in theory, if he respects you, he will move away. If he charges you anways, you have to get physical with him. Spin your lead rope around and hit the ground with it. Chase him off one way or another. No offense, but he's charging the gate because you're being a pushover ... I would charge the gate too were I him ... Hey, I get to my food and in a warm barn faster this way and there are no repercussions for my actions! Why on earth wouldn't I?
“For what the horse does under compulsion is done without understanding; and there is no beauty in it either, any more than if one should whip and spur a dancer.” - Xenophon