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    11-01-2009, 09:40 PM
Kind Of Pushy..

Hi Everyone !

I just wanted some advice, as we all know I have a rescue I took in, a gelding.
Anyways, I have noticed that sometimes he will rub his head against you, he does this to me frequently actually and I just move back and when he stops I scratch his neck.
He sometimes just goes and nudges me and due to him being large I stumble abit lol !

So any ideas how to fix this ?

Also, when I have to just hold him and brush him, I have a lead rope. If I don't move far from him first than come up to his side to groom him, he trys to follow me in a circle and I have to say stand afew times and push him abit away before I can continue grooming.

The reason I don't tie him is because as mentioned he is a cribber and I don't want to tie him to a fence to enforce the habit, also because I tend to forget the knot you use to tie a horse !
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    11-01-2009, 10:10 PM
He sounds like a pretty confident horse! For the rubbing, the easiest way to deal with that is to not let him in your space in the first place. You go to him if you want to pet him. If he does start to rub on you, use your nails and scratch him HARD on his face, hard enough to be uncomfortable to the point where he backs off. Whatever you do, don't move your feet. The one who moves his feet first loses the 'game.'

For the grooming, make sure you aren't accidently pulling on the lead rope, and make sure your energy is down and that your body language isn't telling him to move. If he does start to move, just rub him to a stop and start again.
    11-01-2009, 10:15 PM
I personally don't agree with the scratching his face. That's just mean. Push him away and/or back him up a few steps. But like spirit horse said, YOU shouldn't be moving back, he should be.
    11-01-2009, 10:23 PM
How is scratching his face mean? It's not going to hurt him, just be uncomfortable enough to make him stop. I've done that with many, many horses and it works every time, and the horses don't come away hating me or being afraid of my hands or anything.
    11-01-2009, 10:31 PM
I agree, I wouldn't scratch his face, that just sounds un-needed and I would never do that.

I know alot of horses that nudge, but they are usually being playful or nudging you for love, and thus for, never try to stop it, as it isn't a bother.
    11-01-2009, 10:33 PM
I usually am the one that goes up to him, but when im petting him he will nudge up against me.

Im sure their must be another suggestion other than scratching his face ? He is a rescue horse and I don't want to do anything that is going to make him distrust me.

For the Grooming, I usually don't pull on the lead rope, I have it pretty loose in my hands and he has rope, so that I can move back and get to his rump to brush him.
    11-01-2009, 11:27 PM
Trust me, scratching his face will not make him head shy or distrust you. I wouldn't have done something with my own horses that would make them distrust me ;)
    11-01-2009, 11:28 PM
I agree with malorey that he might just be trying to get you to be friendly and itch a spot for him, but for the time being (and so he doesnt start trying to run you over) wait until you know a little bit about his personality before being buddy-buddy with him. Just make sure he respects your space for the moment, and then when you know that he knows you and that you know him, you can be lovey dovey.

And Spirithorse, I'm pretty sure if I tried that with my gelding when he got pushy, his response would be to bite me. I would be safe and assume the absolute worst happened to this horse, especially since he is a rescue
    11-01-2009, 11:41 PM
If a horse bites I back him up. However biting is a dominance game (usually) so that's a completely different matter.
    11-01-2009, 11:45 PM
I definitely agree with that, Ice is a tested dominance biter. We're actually working on that after he nipped at my BO and she threw him for a loop. But it was more of a since I'm "biting" him (I assume that's what nails would feel like) he would for heck sure bite me back

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