Hmm, feel the need to comment on responses again....
By trample you I gather you mean he knocks you with his shoulder? In part he responds to you because you have treats.
I disagree. The treats aren't making him do this, the handler is inadvertently allowing or training him to do it/mug her. It's not the reinforcer, it is what is being reinforced. So saying, if the handler doesn't understand what's going on & especially if the pony is an 'assertive' personality, I would advise avoiding treats or any strong reinforcer or punisher until they have both learned more.
Most of the methods people have given you have been threatening to the pony and actually you would rather deal with it in a calm way I'm sure.
Lyca, I am inclined to agree with the gist of that post(altho the comment about using a dually & taking weeks to teach a horse to back up lost me), but while if the pony is afraid or confused, I personally think a non-confrontational approach is very important, we don't have enough details to assume this. I don't think you're considering that the pony may be acting out of 'assertiveness'(for want of better term - 'dominance' grates on me!
). In that case, *IMO* a 'stronger'(& safe/experienced) approach is necessary.
Interesting that you seem to advocate a non-confrontational approach but you advise taking a dog into the stable of a horse who may be afraid/aggressive towards dogs. This is very confrontational & dangerous, especially for the poor dog!
If he does go to nip you tap him on the leg with your foot each time he does. Eventually he will go to bite you and then look at his leg instead.
Can't say I've experienced that when a horse is 'tapped on the leg' for something, or think why it's a likely outcome.
'Just being hateful' wow you sure know your horses. ..... Try watching Monty Roberts or parelli and you'll maybe understand.
Non-confrontational, respectful communication works best with people too, I've found
. I won't comment on my thoughts of MR here. I do respect *the gist* of Parelli's teaching, but I think you're missing a lot if you think that's non-confrontational.
Sorry, but horses should not be your friends. They should respect you as a leader.
Disagree thoroughly with the first comment above. I do absolutely want my horses to think of me as a friend, not just a domineering 'boss'. Won't go into my ideas about 'respect' and what it means to different people, but 'should' doesn't tend to help people understand *how* to develop a trusted, respected & respectFUL leadership role with a horse I've found.
But IMP Parelli and Monty are way over rated and all about the money, not the horse. And a good chunk of their "methods" are complete BS. A good scam is what they are IMO. I have a great relationship with my horse without making it chase a stick like a dog.
What's IMP mean? I don't agree that Parelli's methods are a scam(well, been out of touch with those kind for many years & hear they use all sorts of gadgets these days, so...
), but think he is possibly a better salesman than horseman
. I do think the *basic principles* are sound & helpful for beginners, but it does tend to encourage a bit of fanaticism(no yeah-buts!) in people that haven't learned better.
And what's wrong with teaching a horse to play fetch??
Not that I've ever seen MR or PP do that.