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Please Help. House keeps moving his back from me.

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    05-02-2011, 02:28 PM
Please Help. House keeps moving his back from me.

I have this horse. He is a 4 year old stallion. Halp arabian and half quarter horse. He is very nice tempered so far however I have only been working with hime since Easter. We have made great progress so far but now he has developed a happet of constently turning his head tward me. He doesnt seem to want me at his side. I can lead him with a halter very easily but he always has to have his head facing me. I am just a beginner at this. What can I do? Thanks for reading.
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    05-02-2011, 04:15 PM
Hmm. I would start asking him to move his forehand away from you then if he always has to have that facing you and not letting you be on his side or by his hindquarters.
    05-02-2011, 05:13 PM
Ok - I'll be the brave one to ask.

If you are new to horses - why a stallion?
    05-02-2011, 05:15 PM
Originally Posted by mls    
If you are new to horses - why a stallion?
That, too.
    05-02-2011, 06:23 PM
Usually, you move away from a "house", not the other way around
    05-02-2011, 08:13 PM
Good question, I should change that but at the same time he has not been agressive at all.
    05-02-2011, 08:18 PM
I can't brush the horse when I am away from him.
    05-02-2011, 08:27 PM
You can't look a gift horse in the mouth.
    05-02-2011, 08:47 PM
A horse doesn't have to be aggressive to be dangerous. A horse that steps on you because he didn't understand that he should have respected your space can break a foot just as quickly as a horse that purposefully paws your foot. A horse that kicks out because a horse fly bit him and he didn't know any better can break a leg just as quickly as a horse that was aiming for you.

I, personally, think you are likely over your head with this horse and should either look for a horse that is well broke or find someone who has the knowledge and experience to give you the help that you need.

I know that's an old saying, but in this day and age, a person can (and really should) look a gift horse in the mouth. In my opinion, it isn't a very good gift if you don't know how to handle it or it hurts you. You would be much better off spending $1000 on a good, broke, enjoyable horse now rather than getting a 'gift' horse that you have to spend possibly thousands with a trainer to get the horse to the point where you can handle it, not to mention the instruction for yourself to learn how to properly handle the horse. You also have to consider any medical bills that you may (and probably will) incur during the training process with this horse.

A stud is not something to be trifled with, their attitude can chance from docile and loving to aggressive and dangerous at the drop of a hat, especially if he hasn't been properly handled and trained from the start. He may be nice and sweet now, but how will you handle him when he gets a whiff of the mare in heat down the road? When his hormones are telling him to get to her and fight off everything that gets in his way, including you?

My first suggestion, get him gelded yesterday. My next suggestion, either find yourself a good trainer to work with both you and the horse or trade stallion in for a more suitable horse.
    05-02-2011, 09:05 PM
Well now I can sure apprecitate the that post. Now I will definitely be more fearful of this horse. I suppose you are right I should get him gelded. Thank you very much for opening my eyes to the potential dangers.

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