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post #11 of 19 Old 03-04-2011, 01:33 PM
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there is a pressure point in front of the shoulder - stick your elbow out and let him "run into" it

You'll be surprised how fast he learns that it's uncomfortable

If he still tries to be pushy, use the pressure point to your advantage. Don't try to fight and pull on his head (chances are he'll win that fight), use the pressure point and send him backwards/sideways/whatever.. make him get off of you and when he finally gets the idea, I usually send them a few extra steps to remind them that when they are being handled, I am the one who decides when and where their feet move & when they stop

This was something I was taught as a kid and continued to use when working with pushy and hot-headed horses, young & old
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post #12 of 19 Old 03-04-2011, 01:46 PM
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can you point out where this pressure point is exactly? Like on a picture maybe? I'd love to try it tomorrow with my colt. He's a pretty good leader but any extra tips are always good to file away in my brain. ;)
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can you point out where this pressure point is exactly? Like on a picture maybe? I'd love to try it tomorrow with my colt. He's a pretty good leader but any extra tips are always good to file away in my brain. ;)



Here's a pic.. it's the spot RIGHT in front of the shoulder blade, where their neck meets there shoulder, almost right in the middle
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I was taught to swing the end of the lead rope in circles in front of the horse, they won't want to get too close so they won't push through.
I've tried that and they just pull away to go around it.

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Here's a pic.. it's the spot RIGHT in front of the shoulder blade, where their neck meets there shoulder, almost right in the middle
COOL! I'll have to try that too! My baby leads great when HE wants to. When he gets playful or snotty or whatever, he shoulders into me and tries to walk ahead of me. A friend was having me elbow him in the shoulder if he gets too close, but I will have to try the spot you circled!
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thanks so much! It helps to actually SEE what you're referring to. We'll see how our leading lesson goes tomorrow. :)
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When a horse bumps into me with his neck/shoulders when leading, he meets Mr. Elbow. :)
They learn quickly that Mr. Elbow is quite nasty!

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My 14yo TB mare is like this, pushy. ESPECIALLY when I have a handful of hay! I am always concerned that she will sink her teeth into Mr Elbow if I try that technique.
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When a horse bumps into me with his neck/shoulders when leading, he meets Mr. Elbow. :)
They learn quickly that Mr. Elbow is quite nasty!
I do a similar thing if I'm standing with a horse and they try to rub their head on me. My arm has an spasm attack. They learn quickly to stay back.

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My 14yo TB mare is like this, pushy. ESPECIALLY when I have a handful of hay! I am always concerned that she will sink her teeth into Mr Elbow if I try that technique.
When ever I feed our horses, I make them turn away or move away. If they don't, they have to wait and wait. It doesn't matter if I'm giving them grain, hay, or a treat. If they keep trying to get it, my hand has a massive twitch and they get bumped on the nose. If they just stand there but not try to get at it, I'll shake my finger at them getting closer and closer to their head until they move. If my hand gets to their head, then I'll bump them until they move away.

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