Originally Posted by kevinshorses
Most people don't have the bond they think they have with thier horses. Thier horses are spoiled and walk all over them and inexperienced people take that for affection and allow it.
This is also great. Back to me mentioning Harley - He would follow me, yes, but he would also run me over. I didn't know better at the time, I just thought it was his lovings. Ha! I laugh at myself :p I've actually found that I have a better bond with my horses from really getting after them. Cowboy was trying to pull me all over the place on the lunge - he was trained on the track, and they just put up with it. So I yanked his head around a bit and smacked him a time or two, and by goodness he listened. After that little training session he was following me around, stopping with his nose at my shoulder when I stopped. I think one of the big problems people have with horses is they think if they beat thier pony, they will hate them forever. So. Not. True. Love comes from Trust - Trust comes from Respect - Respect comes from being kind when you can, and disiplinary when you need to.