Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: Ontario, Canada
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Your horse doesn't seem to have a lot of respect in that sense, so start her respect training again.
With the haltering issue, alexischristina's point of taking the halter on and off and rewarding her when she does well. If she really is that much of a problem, I'd suggest leaving the halter on when she's in the field.
As for the nudging and pushing, that is NOT acceptable and needs to be corrected. When she nudges you, you could give her a smack on the nose (or shoulder), as My2Geldings suggested, but to avoid her becoming headshy just make up for it with twice as many rubs and caresses at other times. If you do this, she'll learn that when she nudges, she gets hit, but that you are perfectly kind and gentle otherwise. Since she does this when you have food, you should show her that YOU are boss, and YOU decide when and what she eats. I don't think you do anyways, but do not give her the treats when she does that-that's just telling her that pushing is the right thing to do. Whenever she's eating, go up to her and take her away from it, for a short walk; make her stand looking at it, whatever, just show her that you are in control of her eating habits.
When she's pushy and invading, get her away from you. Send her away out of your personal space forcefully. Not angry, just aggressive enough to get your point across and make her move. This is a little technique that works all the time for me. I wave the horse back away from me (to the end of the lead rope, or sometimes I drop the lead and make them go farther) and make her stay that far away from you until YOU invite HER back towards you. If she does try to come towards you, back her up again and keep her out until she gets the picture. (Also try turning, or walking a few steps to show her that this is NOT the cue to come closer.) Under no circumstances should she be allowed to come up to you until you clearly invite her.
Sorry for the long post, but I hope at least some of it is useful.
Last edited by ilyTango; 03-27-2010 at 08:16 PM.