Originally Posted by nvr2many
Thank you, id like to hear about respect for your space and also you as a leader. Any thoughts on this?
Horse I am working with right now for a boarder had NO idea of the 'bubble' he was supposed to leave for his handler. Two weeks ago sent his owner home with a black eye.
To teach space I use a halter (with chain if necessary) and a dressage whip and we walk. And walk and walk. I stop, the horse stops. I back, they back. I step into their space, they turn away (think pivot if I am that tight in their space.) To get them to understand I will push them away and say 'space' or 'step'. I will tap with the dressage whip if necessary. I teach to stand while I walk all around them.(equine sit/stay) I change my energy so they will stand when I walk up to pat or halter, etc. If I push into their space, they learn to step away.
It's important to also remember to NEVER pull the horse towards you during the training process. It might seem like the long way to turn a horse around to walk into a stall or paddock but it reinforces they cannot step into your space. (on your toes)!
One week and afore mentioned horse will not invade my space. I do not give him an inch. Until the space and respect is more ingrained as a natural response for him, it will not get a break when attached to a human via lead rope, lunge line or bridle.