Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Alberta, Canada
Just a tip, longing in pointless circles doesn't build respect, it just triggers a horse's flight response and assures him that you are indeed a predator because you're basically chasing him around.
The best way to earn respect is to give him a task to do. Put him on a line (long line) in the round pen and when you get him moving forward, just let him walk around you (don't keep pressuring him unless he's not going as fast as you want) but when he does do what you want release the pressure immediately. That is how he will know he's doing the correct thing. Only let him to 3-4 laps in one direction, then ask him to turn and go the other way.
Also teach him to yield his hindquarters and forequarters. A horse that yields its hind end easily won't kick. And like horseloverd2 said DO NOT be afraid to touch him with the whip. Ask him first, then maybe smooch or click and if he still doesn't do what you want give him a smack (think of it as if you are a horse and giving him a bite to get him moving faster). The only way you can make him afraid of you/to not like you is if you repeatedly hit him for no apparent reason.
Ok, so as for getting him to yield; you want to get a closer hold on his head (about 6 to 3 feet depending on how much he moves around), take the butt-end of your whip (and really, you don't need a whip that's more than 4 feet, with a 5 foot lash) and tap his hindquarters, increasing pressure until he moves away. When he moves away STOP, let him stand a few seconds and then do it again. Eventually, but putting a little energy and pressure at his hindquarters he will learn to yield them from you. Same goes for his forehand.
Now *sigh lol, I know i'm going on and on!*, another way of gaining respect is to get him to back out of your space and come to you again in a staight line. This teaches him to respect your personal space, but not fear you being in his.
All the while you have to keep in mind that it is a great thing just to spend time with your horse, getting him used to your presence, maybe throwing a rope over his head/across his back until he trusts you.
"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly." www.wildestheartart.com