Originally Posted by W Brew
Thanks for all the good stuff.
Free-Sprtd......... Why did you ask about feed schedule......does that have something to do with his behavior?
My farrier told me she would drop me if my horses didn't stand and lift their feet, etc.. I can't really blame her though, that's why he isn't getting practice lifting his feet. I don't want to be down there while he is kicking either. I have more farrier questions but will start a thread elswhere.
Zap......... The consences is NO TREATS. How sad, but everyone seems to think you are correct in this. I will stop. :(
Sempre'-Cantando......... I will talk to my feedman about what's in the mix. I know there is some molasses cause I can smell it. Up until just recently the colt has been doing okay with this feed, as are the mares. But I will definitely look at this factor. (Your English is lovely)
Kick Shaw.......... I do not have a round pen. I hate to tell my husband I need one more thing. LOL. Again, this is probably stupid, but does it have to be round? I have a small turnout that is a dry lot. It's square though.
Jazzy Rider........... Really good feedback. I have a question about exercise: Does he have to be longed (is that spelled right, or is it lunged?) or ridden, or can he just get exercise running around in a pasture?
The info on body language and giving him a good swat is probably right on target. I have been trying to NOT react to his behavior.
He probably just doesn't have a clue.
I hate to be a pain, but one more question.......how much time should I be spending working with my horses? I wonder if I'm not spending enough time.
Thank You all so much.
Yes, food can affect a horses behaviour a lot. Some horses can't eat oats without being a bit crazy.. just as an example. Barley can give a stoach ache if it's given too much and who wuldn't be annoyed and irritated with a bad stomach? We have to remember that horses are made to eat grass, not grain. But when we keep them, some horses need more than hay to keep their weight and that's where grain and other horse food comes in. Like my horse; he gets 10kg hay, which isn't much but it's all he manages to eat) and since that's not enough for him, we need to give him a kg barley too. That's the only thing I've tried that works. Our other horse gets fat on only 5kg of the same hay.. so it's individual :3
Another thing is that horses should always have hay or straw or grass to eat their stomachs doesn't work like ours and when they're empty there's drippin acids into them. It's supposed to take care of the food, but when there is none it's burning the insides instead and can give ulcers. (with humans, thse acid only come when we have eaten). Some investigation I read said that 80% of horses standing on something else than straw, and without free access to hay, had ulcers when they died.
So food matters a lot with the behaviour :)
A square ''roundpen'' will work better if you can cut the corners somehow, and if it's not too big. You need to know how to work in a roundpen too and what to listen/look for in the horse while you work. :) O key rule to all horse handeling; the horse should never be scared or in pain.
You can excercise without riding or lunging (I personally don't like lunging), with long reining, walks, working in hand or why not just try to get them used to new, weird things (gabage bins and chairs can be really weird for a green horse :P) that also helps making them ''bomb proof''. Of course they can be pasture pets, but the risk is that they'll ''forget' things they have learnt when you handle them, easily get spooked when you do decide to ride or just starts behaving bad as soon as you ask something more of them that to lead them to the pasture and back. Some horses can rest for a week without showing any differense, some gets excited and topped after a day. The young horse definetly need some activation and handeling.
The correction thing; learn to listen to your horse, he gives you rather a lot signals before he becomes too bad. It can be to take a step forward, wrinkle his mussle or turn an ear. But the signals is there. And, as long as the bad behaviour is on a smaller level (stepping around or just being annoying) give him warnings first. It can be to just clear your throat or glare at him while saying ''hey!'' or ''no!'' in a low, ''dangerous'' voice. If he stops, even if it's just for a few moments, everything is okay and you must be happy again. This is important. When he starts again, you give him the same warning. If he doesn't listen at all, you go through with the warnng and slap him on the butt or shoulder, or wherever you reach except the head. If he moves away or jumps away from you, that's also ok (that's what you told him to) but once he has done that he should be calm, and you should be happy again.
If he kicks or bites tho, just skip the warning. That's something he knows is bad. But remember to always be happy the second he behaves.
How much time you should spend with them depends.. the matter is; how good is the time you spend with them? ;) Some days I just clean the stalls and feed and spend no time at all. But if you want to solve a problem, or improve something, you should spend more time with them. It's better to train them fr a short while (10-20 minutes) several times a day, than to demand their focus on you for an hour or more.
And about the treats... the horse doesn't need treats. They of course likes them, but it's ratherunatural for a horse to give or recieve treats, so they don't recognize it as you bing nice to them. At most they recognize that you have treats, and then they start to beg for it, and gets annoyed when they don't get it.
It's far better to create a bond by rubbing his favourite spots (withers is usually a lovely place but you have to find that yourself. When he relaxes and his muzzle starts to move, you know you've found the perfect place :P ) and to be a good leader. If he knows what to expect from you, he is much calmer and gets a better confidence.
I hope I'm not sounding like I talk to a child or somthing, I'm just trying to be clear.. :3 It's not so easy when I onlty know half of the words I want to know x)