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post #11 of 13 Old 08-04-2011, 01:35 PM
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I think in the pasture or stall its normal horse play...but the charging is very serious if you give way and do not correct him it will just get worse each time. He will learn if he charges you he doesn't have to lunge or do what you say...I agree with having a whip or a Weaver Stacy Westfall Training Stick & String - this is just like what the big trainers use but way cheaper lol just give him a good smack on the neck or shoulder and move make him move forward like it never happened...I like how Clinton Anderson puts it a horse is around 1000 pounds we are around 150-200 or so what can we really do thats gonna actually hurt them....I mean as long as your not trying to beat the horse to death a simple smack not gonna really hurt beside teach him you mean business...
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post #12 of 13 Old 08-04-2011, 01:46 PM
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I don't think field behavior is a sign of riding behavior. I've had horses run around playing, bucking, kicking, etc, and then I bring them in and ride them and they are fine. Actually, I like to see them getting the sillies out on their own time. Better than holding back a hyper horse under saddle.

My friend even has a colt that she was worried might be a bear to ride because he had some real bucking fits out in the pasture (on his own time). He is in training now and is reported to be lazy!

I always think of it as them having fun, not as a threat towards humans.

Now the charging thing could be an issue if he is in fact charging. He should be respecting your space. I agree with smacking him hard with the whip.

I had a habit of "tapping" with my whip when working with my weanling (who wants to beat on a baby?) and it has come back to haunt me because now he is pretty desensitized to the whip and I have to whack him really hard to make an impression when he does wrong.
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post #13 of 13 Old 08-04-2011, 01:54 PM
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My yearling likes to buck a bit when I take him out of his pen to work in the arena. They're not big bucks and he doesn't do it to be dangerous... he's just feeling good to stretch his legs and be in a new place. Usually, I turn him loose in the arena for a bit and let him get the kinks out of his system. I stand in the center of the arena and he gallops around me, kicking up his heels, squealing and rearing. When he's done playing, he'll make his way to me and rest his head against my chest.
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