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post #1 of 6 Old 08-15-2011, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
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I have a horse that like to get in my face. He is a big horse but it bothers me some. Mostly probably because I am a dog man and with dogs it's a sign of dominance. Is it the same with horses? He isn't being mean just gets right over the top of me. I am new to horses. Maybe this is normal. If so I could probably get used to it. I am more worried about my 7 and 6 year old children around him.

This, too, shall pass........
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-15-2011, 06:36 PM
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A horse that doesn't respect your "bubble" is more than a nuisance, it's a danger. It is normal for them to try (after all, in a herd, someone has to be the leader and everyone else falls in place along the totem pole), but that doesn't mean he needs to succeed. You need to establish the boundaries and then consistently enforce them. Use as little force as possible but as much as necessary to do this.
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post #3 of 6 Old 08-15-2011, 07:05 PM
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I have a horse that like to get in my face. He is a big horse but it bothers me some. Mostly probably because I am a dog man and with dogs it's a sign of dominance. Is it the same with horses? He isn't being mean just gets right over the top of me. I am new to horses. Maybe this is normal. If so I could probably get used to it. I am more worried about my 7 and 6 year old children around him.
As with dogs, the true answer is, it depends.......it depends on the context and the intention. Just as with dogs you have to learn to distinguish between what you consider safe and what is not. But always remember that as with dogs, every animal has it's breaking point some just need pushing more than others, so never take risks with children and animals together. (kids are very good at pressing the wrong buttons)

When you say it likes to get in your face - what do you mean? There is a difference between the dog that wants to lick your face and the dog that thinks tries to dry hump you. They may both see overly friendly but they have very different meanings.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-15-2011, 07:12 PM
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I consider the length of my outstretch arm by space. Armed with a 4' stick, even a thin willow and facing the horse, I will wave the stick back and forth at the horse's knees. That is their blind spot so they will invariably back up. Hold your left hand up like a stop sign and back the horse up with your right hand and stick, until his nose is at your arm's length. Back up 4 or 5 steps to see if he will follow you (he will if on a lead rope) then again stop him same as before. Spend 20 min or so daily until he will stop when you tell him and you hold up your hand. You may have to tap his knees, just do it rhythmically. He'll move.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-15-2011, 09:47 PM
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I just had this issue! I am also brand new to the horse world, and have a large pushy gelding who was headbutting me until about a week ago - people on this board told me to use a 12 foot rope (I was using a 6 foot) and to use the tail end of the rope to drive the horse away from me when he got pushy - well that WORKED really well, now when he starts getting too close for comfort I give that rope a quick whirl and he backs right off.

He's making you uncomfortable, so make him uncomfortable - that makes sense to me
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post #6 of 6 Old 08-15-2011, 11:56 PM
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In my opinion, you should be able to get in his space and do what you need to do, but he doesn't need to get in yours. If he does, step at him and jerk the lead rope toward his chest (kind of banging the noseband off his nose) and make him get back! A few steps is good. When you lead him, be aware that he's not crowding you. If he is, do the same thing...make him get back. When you're leading him and you stop, he should stop and back up a step. I make mine follow a good 6 feet behind me. If something scares them and they're right up on you, you're run over.

I have little kids too and they're taught this. Even if he's a big-ole loving cuddly horse, it hurts just the same if he steps on a toe out of meanness or by accident. You don't want those young-uns to get stepped on!

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