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post #11 of 15 Old 06-03-2008, 01:38 PM
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i just point my finger at them and give them a really mean look....they understand 100%
I would laugh but I can do this really loud "AAAH" sound, and they stop in their tracks! LMAO
I do that too! A nice low "ahh-ahh" growl! I use it on my cat, dog, and horse... works wonders, they know they're about to get in trouble!!


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post #12 of 15 Old 06-03-2008, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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I know I keep drowning you with Dumas stories but..... Is she really head shy or does she not trust you yet? Dumas was supposed to be head shy and we have discovered that that is how he keeps his distance from people that he does not trust yet. He really has no problems with his ears being touched or his face for that matter. But when we first got him he wouldn't let us.

I say just work on your ground manners and allow her to get close to you but if she actually goes for the bite. Smack her neck or push her away then with your best I'm the boss voice tell her NO....Biting is one thing that I will not tolerate. I wouldn't think that a horse that is truely headshy would want to get their head close enough to you to bite. They are "usually" kickers. Spend some time with her and gain trust and treat her like any other horse you would normally work with untill you discover her personality traits.. Its all kind of trial and error until you get that bond which only time will bring. You could also concider carrying a stick. Not to whoop her with but something that she will "run into" if she invades your space. We did that with Twister. He eventually learned that he couldn't be in our bubble without being invited in. Now we don't have to use a stick.. Our arm works just fine.
You know what, you are totally right! If she were truly headshy, she wouldn't let me put on her halter, bridle etc. I think she just doesn't trust me... she doesn't want me touching her at this point. It's funny, I took my husband with me to visit her on Sunday. She loved him. She put her head down and let him kiss her on the eye... I did not even know that! He told me this last night!
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i just point my finger at them and give them a really mean look....they understand 100%
I would laugh but I can do this really loud "AAAH" sound, and they stop in their tracks!* LMAO
I do that too! A nice low "ahh-ahh" growl! I use it on my cat, dog, and horse... works wonders, they know they're about to get in trouble!!
Mine comes out in a low......Heeeeeeyt.* lol... sounds like hate but its just a hey with a "Tuh" sound at the end... My kids laugh at me every time.* Its also followed by finger pointing and the "stink eye"

Beena.... Glad I was able to help. Dumas and I worked by ourselves for about 5 months to the point were I was concidering getting me a new horse. Then here comes my hubby and in 2 months he has Dumas comming up to him and rubbing all over! :roll: I think my hubby has officially hi-jacked my horse...Guess I need to look for another for me!

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I never hit my horses in the face headshy or not. I usually give them a big NO! And a smack in the chest.
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post #15 of 15 Old 06-10-2008, 01:21 PM
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I have always punished horse if it shows no respect towards me. Horse is so huge animal that it's too dangerous if it doesn't respect you. By punishing, I don't mean I always hit a horse if it does something wrong (and I don't punish horse for a mistake, I only punish them if they don't respect human being), punish might be just a step towards horse or I might just raise my hand. Those ways I use especially when the horse is young or shy, but with stallions I may even hit them if they don't respect my own space, for example.

I think you need to make sure your horse understands that you have your own space, where it just cannot be. Ask it to back off if it comes too close. And if it nipps you, say NO! And raise your hand quickly, if it really is headshy, it will do the trick without never touching the horse.

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