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post #1 of 26 Old 03-02-2008, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Rubbing head ... on ME!

Okay, everyone has been so helpful with my minor concerns I have had with my new horse...so I thought I would address another issue I would like to resolve.
My horse tries to rub his head on me often, when tacking up or brushing, any activity where we are standing next to each other. He has never tried to nip, I think he is just either scratching or looking for love. Since I have noticed him doing this, I have limited the amount of attention/love I direct towards his face, but really find it HARD!
Is there a way to teach him not to rub on me, but allowing me to rub on him when he has been good?

Thanks for your help!
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post #2 of 26 Old 03-02-2008, 06:54 PM
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Whenever he goes to rub you either push his head away and say stand or just sneakily bomp your elbow out so his head runs in to it eventually he'll stop. I stopped my horses from nipping that way, he's being invasive and not respecting your space. You need to show him your space is still your space no matter how close you are to him.
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post #3 of 26 Old 03-02-2008, 07:29 PM
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basically you just push his head away from you. You can still love on his face area just teach him that he can't rub on you is all. It didn't take long for my horse to catch on to this so it shouldn't take long for yours if you do the same as stated above.
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post #4 of 26 Old 03-02-2008, 09:48 PM
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Whenever he goes to rub you either push his head away and say stand or just sneakily bomp your elbow out so his head runs in to it eventually he'll stop. I stopped my horses from nipping that way, he's being invasive and not respecting your space. You need to show him your space is still your space no matter how close you are to him.
Agreed. My trainer and I have a rule.... We can rub on him, but he can't rub on us. If he tries to we just push him away.
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post #5 of 26 Old 03-02-2008, 09:50 PM
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well, I don't think letting him rub on you AT ALL is a good idea. It would be very confusing for him if you let him rub sometimes but other times you didn't.

Ya, pretty much what everyone else said ^^ but..

This may sound cruel and mean, but it's NOT. When he rubs on you (no matter where you are or what you are doing) just give him a little tap on the nose or on the neck (or you can push his head away too) and say "no." very firmly. Do that every time he does that and eventually he will get the point. My horse used to do that and a couple of people recommended this to me and it worked! Best of luck!

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post #6 of 26 Old 03-02-2008, 09:51 PM
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My horse can "rub" on me with permission, if I say "Come here loverboy!" he knows he can cuddle but not smack me around with his head, he puts his head into my chest a little and will hold it there quietly for scratches but that's all I allow him to do and if he does it without permission or begins rubbing and pushing his head around I push him away and tell him "Stand!" so he realizes he wasn't invited in to do that.
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post #7 of 26 Old 03-02-2008, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everybody...we are going to start working on it tomorrow! Although I kind of figured I would have to do the elbow, push away thing...I am glad there seems to be the concensus that I can love on him with him still recognizing his boundaries with putting his head on me.
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post #8 of 26 Old 03-03-2008, 05:52 AM
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Hi Melinda,

This can be a big problem because often this leads to dominance, which leads to naughty behaviour

Just push him off with force, and when you do rub him for affection/as reward do it very cleancut, give him the rub then step away, so the rubbing ends there and he cannot dominate the situation.

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post #9 of 26 Old 03-03-2008, 03:29 PM
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Basically what everyone else has said I don't allow my mare to rub up me, it's a dominance thing, and when she does, I say "no!" very firmly and push her head away.

Hope you sort it x x x

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post #10 of 26 Old 03-03-2008, 09:10 PM
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I have no tolerance for that. None whatsoever. My horse tried that one once on me and let me tell you I taught him right then and there to not do it again, and he hasnt.

I think you need to decide for yourself whether or not if you want your horse to be allowed to do this or not. By wanting to rub on him, you are giving him mixed messages. Can't expect him to understand the difference between being allowed to rub one time and no another.

If he is being good, I'm sure you can find another way to show him you are pleased with him.
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