Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Northern California
See that is the thing y'all, he is ground tied, I can walk away for an hour and he will still be there, I can bathe him, saddle him, pet all over him and he is fantastic. Also he is used to the lead rope being rubbed everywhere on him. He knows the command "give" for all 4 hooves and everything.
He has NEVER had this issue with me behind him till he got back from the trainer and they told me they worked with him on that (which in the first place he never had an issue with space) Also he DOES NOT tense ever no matter where I am near him. Even when I place a hand to go to him behind he doesn't tense. I used to brush him all day long before the trainer, so sometimes I wonder if they were rough with him when teaching space issues. Scout is a really really relaxed horse. For instance, he is fine if you just walk straight past him in the aisle way, but if you get within 1-2 feet of his behind, he moves out of your way.
I really don't think it is a confidence issue because he is also like this when you are walking him on lead. If you are leading him and suddenly stop he will stop in his tracks and if he feels he is in your space, he will back up till the right amount of distance and then just look really relaxed. He doesn't tense up when I am near his rear end and he seems relaxed at all times, sometimes even with on foot resting. I seriously think the trainers over did it though. I am going to go mess with him today and work with him on it.
It could be my body language but I don't know, because when I have the brush in my hand and I brush all over him, like I have done in the past, I always work my way from side, rear, then the other side, and now he thinks that I don't want his butt near me or something. I will say whoa Scout and I will grab his tail and start brushing but he will move his butt just enough away from me but let me keep brushing towards the end of the tail. So I can sorta brush, but of course I can't braid in that position.
"Horses Lend Us The Wings We Lack"