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post #11 of 15 Old 04-15-2013, 01:16 PM
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Hello Jackie,

I don't have any additional advice to offer, certainly nothing different or better than you have received . I did want to say, as a mom, how I feel for you dealing with all that is on your plate right now. It must be extremely stressful. I wonder if actually leasing a horse right now is really the best thing for you, and moving even further, into OWNING her may really just be adding so much more to your already heavy load. I am guessing that you do this to help your daughter, or to help yourself (as fun for a mom who needs an outlet). But, wouldn't it be easier to just stick with taking weekly lessons on a lesson horse? That way, you would not be responsible for so much, and you'd have this once a week thing that you both look forward to.

I dunno, it just sounds like you are overloaded, and your emotional state will very much color your interaction with an animal as sensitive to emotion as a horse is.

It's something to consider.
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post #12 of 15 Old 04-15-2013, 03:24 PM
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No need to reinvent the wheel and possibly get hurt in the process. But for some people, it is the only way they learn anything. Unfortunately it is at the horse's expense. You got some very good advice. I hope you can reread it and see the value in it.

You and your daughter are in my prayers.
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post #13 of 15 Old 04-15-2013, 03:25 PM
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Horses become quite anxious about the morning feed and if you took her away as you stated, prior to feeding, that could play a large role in her behaviour.
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post #14 of 15 Old 04-15-2013, 04:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Saddlebag View Post
Horses become quite anxious about the morning feed and if you took her away as you stated, prior to feeding, that could play a large role in her behaviour.

Yep^. In theory, she should do what you want, when you want. But, if you are going to do this, maybe you should arrive a half hour earlier and throw her some hay, first.
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post #15 of 15 Old 04-15-2013, 04:08 PM
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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.
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RIDE your horse FORWARDS and keep him STRAIGHT

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