Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: 143 E. Shirley Ave, Warrenton, VA 20186
• Horses: 0
For one week, carry a dressage whip around with you. Lead him EVERYWHERE, around the barn, around the ring, anywhere you can. The second he gets within your "hula hoop" of space, give him a slight whack on the chest and back him up, I mean back him up quick and immediately. Believe me, you are not hurting him. Think of what his pasture mates do to each other when they get too close... a little whack from little you and a little stick won't hurt, but it will make him think about doing that again. And you will be letting him know that he cannot, ever invade your space until you ask him in. If he's pushy now, he'll be 1,000 times pushy in 6 months if you keep let him being that way. You also have to be consistant. Dont' let him "gently nudge" you one minute, you think its cute and ignore it... then nudge you again later and you whack him. Be consistant and do not let him in your space until asked. It may seem harsh now, but it sure beats getting run over by a 1,500 pound horse.
Some folks who think its cute, and do not correct the horse from the start - end up with a big horse that is very pushy and no one wants. The poor animal gets sold around, and eventually to auction because his first owner never taught him manners. Its not the horses fault, he just needs to be taught to be polite, just like we do!