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    11-21-2012, 07:17 PM
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Foal
Rusty ground manners

My horse's ground manners are a little...Rusty.

Any tips/exercises I could use to get a little more overall respect from him on the ground?
     
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    11-21-2012, 07:20 PM
  #2
Weanling
I carry a 2 liter Jarritos plastic soda bottle with me when I go to feed horses that I know have poor or rusty manners. If they get in range, they get a specific sound and a whack. After a few rounds of this, they know the sound and I have no need to carry the bottle. A quick SSH! And they get out of my space. You just have to make it uncomfortable for them to be in your personal space.
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    11-21-2012, 08:52 PM
  #3
Showing
Rusty ground manners, need more specifics.
     
    11-21-2012, 10:38 PM
  #4
Foal
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Rusty ground manners, need more specifics.
He doesn't respect my space as much as he should, and he's starting a biting habit. Sorry, should've said so in the OP!
     
    11-21-2012, 11:50 PM
  #5
Yearling
Do lots of backing, make him back out of your space and make him stay out with shaking the lead to make it uncomfortable......he should only come in your space if you invite him in.....
     
    11-22-2012, 04:07 PM
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Foal
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Originally Posted by Thunderspark    
do lots of backing, make him back out of your space and make him stay out with shaking the lead to make it uncomfortable......he should only come in your space if you invite him in.....
Great tip, thank you! :)
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    11-22-2012, 05:11 PM
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Showing
Actually a horse should never come in to the handler's space. It is better to go in to in to his. No point in confusing him. Backing him is fine as long as you don't do it in anger and with the force that comes with anger or he will become reactionary and see you as a predator that's out to get him.
     
    11-22-2012, 05:27 PM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag    
Actually a horse should never come in to the handler's space. It is better to go in to in to his. No point in confusing him. Backing him is fine as long as you don't do it in anger and with the force that comes with anger or he will become reactionary and see you as a predator that's out to get him.
I didn't say to be angry to back him, just let him no it's not acceptable to come into the handler's space unless he's invited in.....
     
    11-22-2012, 06:09 PM
  #9
Super Moderator
What's his diet?

My horse with bad ground manners is oat/corn/soy intolerant. Once I removed all those things from his diet, I quit taking him to the Woodshed everytime I blinked.

He will still test me but it's infrequent and when I say "Rusty put your mask on", (yes his name really is Rusty) he now comes up to me, head down and does his darndest to dress himself.

I never realized what a difference diet makes in the most subtle of bad behavior patterns until I discovered this horse's food intolerances.

He also has seasonal environmental allergies; he's on herbs for that from April thru September. Getting those under control also helped his behavior issues
     

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