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        08-07-2009, 02:56 AM
    Originally Posted by LoveTheSaddlebreds    
    nothing should be negotiable. If you 'negotiate' things with your horse, you're not in full command. The lead horse never asks politely "would you stop eating your food and kindly let me have some?" they demand it. If they want the food they make the other horse move. Even if the horse doesnt want to. And they usually don't want to. Tying is something that every horse should learn how to do. If a horse doesnt tie nicely, then you train them to, just as you would with anything else they have issues with. Don't think of them like people, you have to think of them like horses. Horses don't ever see another as an equal, only dominant or submisant and if you let the horse get away with what he wants, then he is in charge of you and will take advantage of you in other situations.
    But the goal isn't to be "in full command". It's to be a leader worth following. Training is not the same as dominating. None of the horses discussed here are challenging their owners to be "the boss". What they are doing is working out what they can/cannot do when faced with a situation they don't like. I don't think horses have a concept of "win or lose". People do. You want to be the "boss hoss", so to speak, but you don't want the horse to resent it. Horses who resent "the boss" are unhappy, resentful, frustrated, sour, anticipate misery/pain, skittish and will at every opportunity try to escape and avoid instead of willingly comply. If you want a horse you won't enjoy working with, be the Commandant.
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        08-07-2009, 07:01 AM
    Green Broke
    Agreed 110% with Horse Poor.

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