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post #1 of 3 Old 12-05-2012, 07:39 PM Thread Starter
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Teaching respect

I would like some pointers for two problems regarding lack of respect towards me from my equines.

1.) Dancer is normally a very respectful horse when it comes to ground manners. There other day I attempted to lunge him. He can be a twerp when it comes to that. I finally was able to send him out and he would jog so slow while trying to hang his head down to swipe some grass. I tried to get him to move forward with my body and with the whip to no avail. At one point he even stopped to eat grass!!! I tapped him on the bum with the whip and he could've cared less. How can I get him to pay attention to me. I don't know how he could've been bored since we just started.

2.) Ranger has no respect on the ground. In the stall if he doesn't want to do something he will turn his butt to you. Today I was trying to catch him to put the halter on him so I could bridle him and he turned his bum to me. When I tried to catch him he pinned his ears. I finally caught him and bridled him (which is another issue.) What do I do with a rude horse in the stall?

Sorry for the novel and thanks for helping!
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post #2 of 3 Old 12-05-2012, 08:05 PM
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were you lunging on a line or in a pen?
When a horse is "blowing you off", as my teacher would say, she would tell me to "fall apart!". That meant to move around, flap your arms, or flail the rope or smack the ground or flip the flag around, or whatever it takes (look like a crazy woman) to make the horse wake up and think that you have something imortant to say. That's what I would say to you; Fall apart. If you said go, GO and GO!! and he is eating grass, then . . fall apart!

the other horse, in the stall , practice getting it to turn toward you. If it turns its' back on you, make enough of a disturbance that it will turn around to see what's going on. stop all stiumulae. if he turns away, up the commotion. It can be as little as scuffling the ground, or kicking the stall walls, or snapping a small crop against your thigh. whatever. When horse looks away, you start the interrruption. after doing it big a few times, I bet all you have to do is rais yoiu hand , or whatever warning gesture and he'll stop turning away from you by the warning alone.
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post #3 of 3 Old 12-05-2012, 11:42 PM
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Instead of a little tap....I would give him a good whack on the butt! He's blowing you off with stopping and eating grass while you are working with him. Chase him and make him move his feet, act like it's his last day on this earth if he doesn't move it......once he gets going, continue on as if nothing happened.....
As for the one turning his butt to you I would do what tinyliny said about making a commotion to get his attention and he is also telling you to get lost, take him in a round pen and get him giving you two eyes at all times, when he isn't paying attention get after him.....
The horses should respect you enough to turn to face you with two eyes and not their butts....
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