My horse won't stay outta my space - Page 2 - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #11 of 15 Old 03-03-2009, 10:23 AM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 7
• Horses: 0
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.

ThePaintedHorseman is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #12 of 15 Old 03-03-2009, 11:42 AM
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Florida
Posts: 2,324
• Horses: 0
You could also consider doing the Parelli 7 Games. That's a great way to get a horse to respect your space.
Spirithorse is offline  
post #13 of 15 Old 03-03-2009, 12:32 PM
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: MN
Posts: 5,464
• Horses: 3
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.
mls is offline  
post #14 of 15 Old 03-03-2009, 02:12 PM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Alberta, Canada
Posts: 1,075
• Horses: 1
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!
Equus_girl is offline  
post #15 of 15 Old 03-03-2009, 02:28 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Missouri
Posts: 97
• Horses: 5
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!
bilyeuamber is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
My horse just won't stay in the pasture! Light-Hikari Horse Training 18 07-22-2008 10:46 AM
Horse Space BluMagic Horse Talk 4 07-15-2008 04:51 AM
Wayyyyyyyyy outta my depth....... Gixer Horse Training 6 05-31-2008 05:56 AM
Horse in MY space...what should I do? Luv 2 Ride Horse Talk 6 05-05-2008 05:04 PM
wanting to stay with.... Jr_lover Horse Training 23 05-25-2007 10:12 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome