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post #1 of 3 Old 10-28-2011, 10:28 PM Thread Starter
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Pinning ears and getting in my space

I've been working with my mare in regards to herd bound. I've been walking the field with her halter and lead. It's been well until yesterday. She is pinning her ears back and cutting me off (walking in front of me) heading towards the herd. I have a crop but haven't used it up to now. I really want to end on a good note.
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post #2 of 3 Old 10-29-2011, 01:16 AM
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Don't wait so long to cut off this behavior. The sooner you cut off that behavior the easier it will be to do so. REally good trainers don't wait for the action to be really noticeable. They catch the horse when he very first starts the slightest bit of putting his thought into action.

My guess is that there is a place where she is acting out her desire to run past you to rejoin the herd, but she hasnt' gone actually past you yet. Still, she has encrouached on your space, so before she gets very far, swing the line back into her face and move her back, and back it up with the crop if necessary.
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post #3 of 3 Old 10-29-2011, 01:25 PM
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What works for me is to use a lunge line and take the whip. If the horse tries to bull past me, I promptly chase it out and lunge it for 3 or 4 circles, with a few changes of direction. Horse won't catch on the first time. By the second it is starting to form in it's mind. 3rd time for sure. 4th time - dumb horse.
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