Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: Some times Llanelian - North wales, sometimes Hull in East Yorkshire (UK)
Please please take cherie's advice. She is spot on.
My horse has incredible manners I trust him on the ground implicitly (he has other issues under saddle but that is not currently relevant) we have an incredibe bond to the point he let me do some very very painful things to him (please note these were nessecary and under vet advice) and never objected at all. He can be utterly terrified but if I tell him it is ok, he will relax and follow my lead. This is a previously BADLY abused horse who will come galloping as soon as I call.
How do I have this beautifully mannered, well behaved and trusting horse? I let him know his place in the herd (i.e. Below me!) and I am consistant. If he ever thought about striking out at me he would swear the world was ending. Heck rearing up at me simply not acceptable. He once lited a hind leg because he wanted me to stop, the smack I gave him on his quarters made my hand hurt for days, but he never ever did it again. He knows his place in the herd, he trusts me as a leader and he feels safe because I say it is safe and I am herd leader.
You physically (without an impliment) cannot seriously hurt a horse, a smack from you has nothing on a kick from an alpha mare.
If the horse is agressive you need to very very quickly make the horse regret even thinking about it. Scream, shout, flapp a plastic bag, throw sand at her, Do anything to make her go backwards rapidly.
RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT