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    10-08-2010, 01:19 PM
Our emotions side effects?

Okay, when I am by myself, my paint pony Cowgirl leads like a dream. She is not pushy, she doesn't toss her head at the pressure of the halter but gives in to it. I am relaxed and calm, after all, it's just me and her, nothing to prove.

Last night, a family came to look at her. I am a bit too big for Cowgirl, so I can't ride her at a trot or anything becuase I don't want to hurt her back, especially since she is like 2 1/2 going on 3. She has just been started under saddle, but is used to the feel of it, I've done round pen work with the saddle on.

Anyway, I haltered her, led her up to the people for her to see and smell. She was very pushy in the halter. She would toss her head when I wouldn't let her get closer to them and didn't want to stand still.. like all those times she would stand still alone. Granted, she is weary of strangers. She didn't mind the 11 yr old and 9 yr old. I know Cowgirl wanted to really just sniff them, she will take a good few seconds smelling someone before she even lets them touch her. But, the kids parents weren't telling their kids to look out for her hooves (4 kids total), so I didn't want Cowgirl to move around becuase I was afraid she would accidently hurt them or step on them.

I didn't think I was behaving different, maybe I was more tense than usual, but with people and kids running around, and all the things that could go wrong... maybe Cowgirl could sense that from me.

I was just rather bummed becuase I said she lead good, wasn't pushy, which, she normally isn't, but yesterday was aweful! Just any thoughts of advice how I could handle it better next time? Maybe getting her more used to other people than just me?
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    10-08-2010, 01:24 PM
Get her used to other people, dogs, cats. Let her interact as much as possible. That definitely helps. But I must add as well some horses don't like crowd and never will (my paint is a good example of it). Still I really recommend to try.
    10-08-2010, 01:45 PM
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I feel for you. Isn't ironic to say she isn't pushy and whatnot and have the whole thing floor you when she isn't very nice? To me, makes me feel like I don't know what I'm talking about and feel a little embarrassed. Oh well. Do what kittenval said and hopefully she will get better.
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    10-08-2010, 04:04 PM
Thanks guys =) Two dogs run around in the barn while I had her tied and she did good. She was VERY interested in the cat. I picked him up and let her smell all over him. She sniffed him for a good thirty seconds! When I sat him down, she still wanted to smell him as he was walking away.

She trailers very well, so I thought of trailering her to a rodeo (before it started) or local horse show where horses and people are everywhere and just leading her around and practicing the 'whoa' cues and what not. I will definitley have to get my freinds to come out and let her get used to strange people.

Mbender, that was exactly how I felt! Lol
    10-08-2010, 07:20 PM
A persons emotions effects a horses behavior a great deal. I had the same problem with some of my family. I'd be doing SO good then as soon as I'd see them I'd start to worry and then get annoyed because they'd let the kids run right up to whatever horse and think it's okay for them to run around and act like maniacs just because they were at a barn. So the horse I'd be on would pick up and get annoyed at everything and start bucking, knocking rails and just being a total brat. They go away and poof no problem with any of the horses. Best thing to do for the kids is to be stern and tell them to stay away from the but and watch the hooves. If the parents aren't going to inform them someone will have to, because if anyone gets hurt, guess who the blame will be on? Certainly not the parent who didn't control their "precious child". If they can't respect the horse then they can wait at the side till it gets put away. As for the tensing because of a certain persons (From my own experience) best thing is to take a few deep breaths and find a way to chill your mind. Your horse doesn't understand why you might act different, it just knows somethings not right with you. If something doesn't sit well with you, the person it trusts most, it's not going to feel to strongly about the situation either. This is where you get to "trick" your emotions into thinking your by yourself. It doesn't mean go to the extreme and start walking over little kids, but it does mean taking the time to breath and try and make yourself as relaxed as possible or in your "horsie zone". It's like when you go to a horse show and get gitters before a class. You take the time out, find what it takes to relax and get in your "zone". If this makes much sense. >.<
    10-09-2010, 08:49 PM
Emotions play into A LOT with horses, some much more than others. This is a big part of how horses communicate with each other. A lot -with humans emotions- has sadly been trained or "beaten" out of most horses. I applaud them for acknowledging emotions. If you come home from work angry and choose to ride to "release stress" like I hear so often, you consciously or un-consciously act, groom, lead, think, ride and train a lot differently. Its these days where your horse is a real @ss and as he/she should be. I mean, after all you came into there happy world with a chip on your shoulder. My gelding is very intuitive and hand selects who he chooses to play nice with, as far as humans go. He's chased rude, loud, annoying, pushy, angry, agitating, nervous, timid, anxious or know-it-all people threw my fence a number of times. I applaud this, he's an excellent training tool to people who do not know there own emotions.

Only two emotions belong with horses, one is a sense of humor and the other is patience :)

Now what your filly picked up on, could be a different story. It simply may be just that there was a lot going on, or "mom felt off" to her/maybe you were a little anxious. Or possibly the people were a little more "high keyed" than you and so she picked up on that and played with it. Or she was just being two going on three.
    10-09-2010, 11:37 PM
Originally Posted by ChevyPrincess    
She trailers very well, so I thought of trailering her to a rodeo (before it started) or local horse show where horses and people are everywhere and just leading her around and practicing the 'whoa' cues and what not. I will definitley have to get my freinds to come out and let her get used to strange people.
That's what I did with my qh. And it was an interesting experience (went much better than I was afraid it will). I also used to go on trails with groups of people when I just started her. Although that didn't go that well - she prefers trail riding just by herself.

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