Showing a horse your his/her alpha - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 02-12-2011, 05:12 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 44
• Horses: 0
Showing a horse your his/her alpha


Ive been looking up alot about this and they seem to say and show alot about when its done and bond is made and complete and horse knows where it stands with its owner but they dont really seem to say alot about how to get there. My horses are generally good as gold but it is good to know that they know whos boss and its not that there generally just being well behaved.

Any ideas as to how you get your place in the herd as alpha?
Nina is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 5 Old 02-12-2011, 06:14 PM
Super Moderator
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 40,775
• Horses: 2
If your horses are "good as gold" then they already are satisfied that you are the leader and there is no need for you to worry about being alpha or such. Don't look for a problem where it doesn't exist.
tinyliny is online now  
post #3 of 5 Old 02-12-2011, 06:59 PM
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: New Mexico
Posts: 153
• Horses: 1
I agree with tiny

"It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts!" ~Nicholas Evans
horsplay is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 02-13-2011, 12:59 AM
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 8,175
• Horses: 3
Yep if you're horses already respect your space, they don't move into you, don't bite/kick etc. and will go where ever you ask them to - you have no problem.

But a basic ground work exercise that is good to do whenever you're doing anything with your horse, is to just casually ask for him/her to move a step away from you in any direction, so backing up, yielding the 1/4's, yielding the forehand etc.
Kayty is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 02-13-2011, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Feb 2011
Posts: 44
• Horses: 0
Thats great thanks for your posts and the reason i asked is because i have a mare who is good as gold but have recently bought a colt who is good as gold until you ask him to lead in which case he will until he decides hes had enough and then just stand (please refer to my other post for all details as is stubborness) which is why i am asking this question so i know if there is any tell tale sings or thing which can be done to make sure he is fully awear of who is boss, its a hypothetical question which if needs be, and will help me get him to lead without freezing i will put into place. I always think it is good to have as much information under your belt when it comes to horses as all are different, and a colt is a far change to a mare so i want him to make sure he deffinatly know i mean business and he cant just walk all over me which is obviously a dangerous situation (btw before anyone thinks omg mare/ colt....he is getting them chopped off end of feb :)

Last edited by Nina; 02-13-2011 at 05:49 AM.
Nina is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Alpha gelding? Jacksmama Horse Talk 13 12-30-2010 01:09 PM
The Extreme Alpha Challenge! Cadence Horse Training 78 08-23-2010 10:24 PM
Know an Extremely Alpha Horse? Northern Horse Talk 34 08-13-2010 06:37 PM
Alpha or Beta?! free_sprtd Horse Training 11 11-12-2008 09:26 PM
Alpha Mare with Alpha Gelding? FutureVetGirl Horse Talk 2 09-02-2008 03:29 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome