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post #1 of 5 Old 02-12-2011, 06:12 PM Thread Starter
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Showing a horse your his/her alpha

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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?
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post #2 of 5 Old 02-12-2011, 07:14 PM
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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.
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post #3 of 5 Old 02-12-2011, 07:59 PM
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I agree with tiny

"It's a lot like nuts and bolts - if the rider's nuts, the horse bolts!" ~Nicholas Evans
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post #4 of 5 Old 02-13-2011, 01:59 AM
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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.
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post #5 of 5 Old 02-13-2011, 06:47 AM Thread Starter
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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 :)

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