Originally Posted by Kahuna
Thank you for your responses. I appreciate all of them. As far as being to harsh I don't think I was. I didnt even have to tap him with the training stick just the air worked. I never raised my voice or got angry and when he did something I asked I stopped and petted him.
Unfortunately I do not have a round pen so we where doing this on the lead. I know that somewhere I was in the wrong as Kahuna was only responding to my actions.
I guess my question is. How do I start over. Now that he has learned to rare and strike out at me I am worried that tomorrow when I put the lead on him and try to walk him around, if that's not what he wants to do he know's how to get out of doing it.
I have been reluctant of trainers as I don't like all the hitting and excessive jerking on my horse. Maybe I am being unreasonable. I just thought that we could accomplish respect with out physical. I want my horses respect without him fearing me. If that makes sense. And I know its earned and not given. I am very open to any constuctive criticism so don't worry about offending me
Thank you all for your input.
I know that this is going to sound harsh, but sometimes a good whack is what a horse needs to get the point across. Watch them in the herd... if a lesser horse shows disrespect or acts out of line, what will the dominant horse do? Whack em! With their hooves, their teeth, to get their point across. Do your homework on local trainers, ask around to get opinions on who is good and who isn't. Find a trainer that has an education in natural horsemanship if you can, excessive hitting or jerking around definitely is not the answer.. I would fire a trainer in a heart beat for that.
I had the same problem with my horse, not as drastic though, he hasn't rared up on me but he will pin his ears and throw his head up and come at me which tells me the teeth are coming if I don't do something fast. The way I started over was by going back to square one and simply worked on trust. No pressure, I would approach him... give him a rub and a small piece of carrot and I would back off... just to let him know that I'm not there to make him work or stress him out, and the next day I would do the same thing. Over and over again. I would sit within the herd and just watch and listen, again.. no pressure. Eventually he forgave his poorly trained owner and was willing to give it another shot. Biggest thing is patience and a ton of it.