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post #11 of 13 Old 01-23-2013, 11:32 AM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Cherie View Post
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This is simply a horse that has no ground manners. Horses are big enough animals that to be tolerable, they need to have good ground manners. This horse has no manners at all.

You need to teach her to respect you, to stay out of your personal space and to respect you at all times. Right now she is just a wreck looking for a place to happen. If she paws you, knocks you out of her way or knocks you down, she WILL hurt you. She can easily break your bones.

Get someone to teach you some ground exercises and get them to teach you how to teach her to respect your space. She needs to move back and over each direction when you ask.

You can do a search here on the Forum for respect and ground exercises. There have been hundreds of threads written that detail dozens of exercises you can teach her that will make her show you the respect you deserve.

There are Clinicians that have DVDs out there that show people how to get respect. Clinton Anderson is probably the best at making it understandable. His groundwork is very effective at making a respectful horse.


She doesn't ever paw at me, but if I tie her and walk away then she watches for a few minutes then paws the ground. And I am working on keeping her out of my space.

I will look for someone around where I live, and she does move back and stuff when I ask, she usually steps on my feet when I am walking her and she gets distracted and comes my way, but it's not hard to get her to go back over, I was just wondering if there was a way to make her watch her feet.

I will have to look for DVDs and stuff to help as well. Cause she and I could both use some ground work! Thanks for all your help!
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post #12 of 13 Old 01-23-2013, 11:41 AM
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How are you correcting her when she runs or steps on you?
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post #13 of 13 Old 01-23-2013, 07:42 PM
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Make your corrections count and then don't let her get in position to try it again. You are at fault if it keeps happening because you aren't changing the way you are handling her.

And I agree with horses using heads with humans to move them, and have seen them also use their heads to move each other in a herd too, although it usually causes other horse to move simply by moving head, rarely will horse stand ground, as they know nip is coming.

And use your elbow to correct in neck, or your thumbnail in jaw when she moves head towards you. You are letting this happen over and over because you aren't stern enough and you aren't changing anything.

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