Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Ontario, Canada
I kind of had the same issue with my boy when I got him. He's a lovely boy, very patient, quick learner and loves everyone (espeshally dogs lol). But he was very mouthy and pushy and had a low attencian span lol I mean he was only 6 at the time but these issues are learned habbits and that was our problem.
my instructor pointed it out to me and told me how to handle it. We tried to stand and talk for 5 minuits and he kept nibbling on my sleeve, and rubbing his head againt me, and trying to walk away etcetc. she didnt say anything untilk after we finished talking, and then called me on it. Basicly what someone said up there. Did I enjoy letting him walk all over me? Did I want him as a pet. If yes then I should just leave him be. But if I wanted a respectful horse then she'd show me what to do. I miss admit I LOVE my horse to bits. But it was really irritating.
I was always taught by my instructor that if a horse deserves to be hit. Hit them. How hard you hit depends on what the reason your hitting them is, what the point your trying to get across is. But you never beat up on them.ever. One hit, get in, get out. If you stand and watch horses in the feild alone that's how they react to eachother when one "crosses the line". So as long as your not taking it to far. No I don't think its cruel. But that's the way I was raised since the day I started around horses with my instructor. And all her horses are amazing animals, all well cared for, none nervice or head shy or anything that comes with animals who have been abused. (that wasnt aimed at you that was aimed at someone who might read this and think that hitting a horse once when its needed is cruel)
anyways, sorry I got off track there lol. With my horse we did alot of respect excersises on the ground. And I did alot of "join ups" with him alone. And I found those helped alot. But I wont get into those because it isnt really what you asked. When it came to my horse nudging me or nibbling on me I was told to give him a smack on the nose. Not hard. Just enough to say "no. Your not supposed to do this" and then just go on doing what you were doing. If he tries to walk away like my boy did. Imediatly put him back to where you had him standing originally. He'll get the hint eventually. My boy didnt take long at all, but he's a quick learner. Sometimes I wonder if he's smarter them I am! Haha. I'm not sure if you have any issues with bridling? I know I did. I would be trying to bridle my boy and he's constently be moveing his head around, trying to sniffthings, looking around etc etc. I was told just to hold his head inplace to bridle him. And keep doing it until he keeps his head still on his own. Literally just take it on and off and on and off and on and off until he stands patiently. Then reward him.
anyways, that what I did. I was consistent with it. And now he's good. He's still mouthy and lovey dovey at times, and still wants to know what everything is and go over and check it out. But he knows that when im holding him, or riding him or working with him in any way. Its work time. Afterwords when im giving him treats or if we go out from and I let him graze. He knows he can come say hi, and ask for treats and pets. But he never does in a disrespectful mannor. So what im saying is aslong as your consistent with it.and you don't cross the line when it comes to hitting. You wont have a problem I don't think. You'll gain his respect and when you gain his respect and his trust then you have a chance of getting all the other gooey feelings you want :)
Sorry this is soo long. I kinda went off track a few times. I just woke up so im rambling haha. Hope it all makes sence :)
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