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  • How to earn a horse's respect

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    03-21-2012, 08:50 PM

So I've been working with the same horse for three years, but I was never taught how to make a horse respect you and see you as their leader.
I desperately want to get some ground respect going on before shows.
I can be walking and she'll stop, I could walk slow or fast and she'll keep up.
My friend told me how to get them to back up just from your body language, how to flex through the halter, and to pivot. We're working on all of these.

Does anyone else have exercises they do/have done with their horse, or just some tips??
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    03-21-2012, 09:07 PM
The key to making a horse respect you as their leader is to not allow the horse to win. That takes patience, discipline, and rewards for doing right. When working with the horse on one thing and the horse is being stubborn don't quit that and move on to something else just because your tired and frustrated. If the horse stops, I usually will walk it around in a circle or figure eight then keep going. Once the horse does what you want it to do then its ok to stop or move on to something else. Consistency is the key to working with a horse. Continue what your working with your horse on on a daily basis if you can and you will start earning respect. I got a horse that the previous owners just basically got on top of him and allowed him to go wherever he wanted to in their pasture. He didn't know and wouldn't allow me to lead him anywhere I wanted him to go. I worked with him in the round pen everyday and then got on top of him and made him go where I wanted him to go. At first, he would buck a little so I would make him go in circles all the way to the end of our property. It took about a month but each day it got easier and now he will do what I want him to do. I have always found that no matter what method is used, consistency is the key.
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    03-21-2012, 09:20 PM
    03-21-2012, 09:44 PM
How you get a horses respect is by moving their feet forwards, backward and left and right. Have you ever noticed horses interacting at the water tank or hay feeder? When a more dominant horse comes up with its ears pinned it wants the other horse to move out of it space. If the horse at the feeder ignores the ears back the dominant horse will escalate the pressure by biting it or kicking it. When it moves away the dominant horse instantly forgives and forgets.

Departures when lunging would be a good example of this with humans. First you ask the horse to move away by pointing (with the hand the lead is in). If the horse ignores that we lift the whip. If that doesn't work we tap the ground... then the horse until it moves out of our space. The one who moves their feet first here loses. Once the horse finds the right answer we take the pressure away.

I hope this helps. I'm not always the greatest at explaining things. It sounds like you are on the right track.
    03-21-2012, 10:14 PM
Yeah! I get respect and you have to act the the dominant horse. I just want some ideas on things to do.
My friend might lend me her Clinton Anderson book, which would be awesome.
    03-21-2012, 11:35 PM
Clinton's book will help a lot. Lunging stage two might be extra beneficial. (rollbacks) Backing does wonders getting that respect too. :)
    03-22-2012, 08:00 AM
Lexi, what does your horse do wrong on ground that you need to establish yourself as a leader? Every time you communicate with the horse you are establishing your status. I don't do any CA (or whoever) exersizes, but both of my mares knows I'm a boss when I mess/work with them, and I never had issues at the shows I went to with my qh.
    03-22-2012, 08:26 AM
You just have to show the horse whos boss. I'm not saying be overly mean with her, but never let her push you around or get her way. Always make sure what she does is always what you tell her to do. You will get into fights with her, but the more you win, the more respect you earn.

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