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    03-03-2009, 10:23 AM
Try Leading Exercises to Keep Horse Out of Your Space

If a horse won't stay out of your personal space try some basic leading exercises:

They really work, and they're easy to do.

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    03-03-2009, 11:42 AM
You could also consider doing the Parelli 7 Games. That's a great way to get a horse to respect your space.
    03-03-2009, 12:32 PM
Too many people treat young horses like dogs. Fact is when they get bigger, they still want to be treated like a dog. A thousand pound dog.

A foal, weanling or yearling needs to be treated like the horse it will become. We never allow our foals to back up to us to be scratched on the rump, we do not play 'tag'. The foal learns when the halter is on, it's time to pay attention.
    03-03-2009, 02:12 PM
I worked with a one year old filly who had been terrible spoiled. She would ram into people, push into them and butt them with her head. Froom the way she did it I could tell she wasn't being mean she just thought it was acceptable behavior. Well, she is an Irish Draft and BIG so I quickly got it through to her that that was NOT acceptable behavior!

I started leading her and whenever she tried to butt me or push into my space and I gave her a firm slap on her shoulder or chest and said "NO." Same thing with biting. If she persisted with biting I slapped her on the nose but I try to stay away from slapping their head if I can 'cus I've seen too many head shy horses. Now she is one of the sweetest horses I know. She just had to be taught what she could and could not do. Be firm yet kind and I'm sure you'll have good results!
    03-03-2009, 02:28 PM
I have worked with a lot of horses with problems like this. I have found what works best for me is to get them in the round pen. Teach her to stay out of your space while she is working. Only let her walk towards you when she stops when you give her the ok. When leading, practice walking her with your arm out to keep her a distance from you. If you are standing still and she nudges, make her back up. Then let her move up a few steps again and if she does it again, back her up again etc. She will eventually learn that if she is going to be pushy, then she will have to move her feet instead of being able to stand. Thses things have helped with my horses, hope it works for you!

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