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post #1 of 12 Old 05-05-2013, 09:35 PM Thread Starter
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Very nervous/spooky horse help!

HI My horse is really calm in his paddock and around me even when out of his paddock. He usually ignores kids and dogs when he is in his paddock. When out walking with me he dosnt even mind my brother's dirtbike. but he freaks out over dogs or children. Today, I was walking him and letting him graze and a family came and they have kids that like horses and as soon as they come within 50 ft, our eskie comes by sniffing the ground ignoring Duke about 20 ft away. That's when Duke freaked out and started bucking and the leadrope slipped and in a minute I was holding onto the end then I fell and he got away. he ran a bit and stopped, turned and ran toward the kids(I thought I'd die). I caught him as he slid to a stop in front of a little boy. My hand was rope burned(hurt like crazy). I put him in his paddock and he started to gallop like crazy and neigh(the kids and the dog was far away). I really have to do something about his behavior around children befor he kills somebody by accident! please help! When i first got him he was so reliable, my 5 year old brother could lead him. I must have done something wrong.I'm scared someone could get killed if he dosnt improve.
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It sounds like he is doing it now as he knows he can get away. Here is what I would try first. The sec. he thinks about spooking put his mind to work. Lounge him around you. Change gates, work him hard. Then after a few rounds of that ask him to stop and face you. If he keeps wanting to look back or look someplace else send him around again. More and more. Make him keep his mind on you and the changes in speed. He will soon learn it harder to work then stand there.
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Sky used to be this way, especially with dogs. They're loud, small, and unpredictable. Just make sure that he instills trust in you and looks to you in scary situations. Work him so he doesn't get antsy.. like make him back up, sidepass, turn on his haunches, maybe even lunge on the spot.

It'll get better.

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GLOVES, GLOVES, GLOVES! If the horse pulls, AT ALL, don't handle him without gloves! If nothing else, it'll save your hands. Horse savvy kids and dogs are your friends, find some to help you, preferably with a horse savvy parent/owner.
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I think this horse was/is using children and dogs as an excuse to mess around and get away.

I would lay odds on that all you have done incorrectly is to allow this horse to push his boundaries and not get corrected for it.

Little things like as soon as you open the stable door he goes to walk out before he is asked, not standing still and moving around when you are doing things with him. Correct this, get tougher with corrections (making him do what he should) all the time every time.

You will then get the original mannered horse back.
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Thanks, guys. I took him out this morning and he was nervous at first but I took my whip. I walked fast and usually he would like to throw in some bucks when I walk fast or pull away so he can graze. Anyway, this time, when he tried to graze I jerked on his leadrope or tapped him on the nose with the whip and he stopped but he kept trying to find moments to snatch a few mouthfuls of grass but i didnt let him. I took him on the gravel road and it was windy and he usually tried to do something stupid in situations like this. I gave him a whack on the chest when he tried to go faster He didnt get to do anything dumb this time. so am I doing this right?
I wanted to let the dogs loose tonite and take him for a walk and see how he behaves then. After i've got the dog stuff staight I want to get him used to kids so I'll get my brothers out and let them pet him and stuff so he gets used to it. What do you think? I really want my brothers to be able to ride him, too.

PS another problem is, when I bring the hay he gets really pushy and I don't know what to do about it. What SHOULD I do?

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Originally Posted by horsecrazygirl13 View Post
PS another problem is, when I bring the hay he gets really pushy and I don't know what to do about it. What SHOULD I do?
Send him away from it and work his hiney! Pushy is not safe!

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How much exercise does this horse get? Personally, I'd stop the whacking and jerking - I think you are running the risk of this horse picking a fight with you - and soon.
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Nobody above me has given bad advice. But I it sounds like a lack of confidence/leadership. Bucking etc... While being led?

How often do you handle him? Do you ride him?

Me personally, would suggest working all over the ground. And making him understand who's running the show once the halter is on. Anything other then what you want needs to be corrected that second and thoroughly. Example, stop pissing around with a crop or whip. He gets pushy, turn and light him up all over the shoulder with the lead rope. Driving him backwards. No slip ups at all! You want good ground manners? Make em.

I'm sure some will disagree, but that's my opinion.
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OK thanks. I'll try with only a leadrope.
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