Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Southern California
• Horses: 0
I have seen several of Dave's posts and he has some great suggestions. This one might not work. If you move towards your horse and he runs from the pressure of your presence and your response is stopping. Then you re-enforce in the horses mind that if he wants you to stop coming toward him all he has to do is run. No offense Dave.
I might suggest you get the horse, place him in a round pen, stall 24X24, or in a smaller area when you can use a lunge line. Someplace where it is easier to keep his attention, (example, while lunging his inside ear should be tilted towards you) putting him thru some ground excercises. When he drops his head, while lunging stop him and turn away. Looking away from him. Be patient and he will come up to you. Rub him, speak softly to him, thereby rewarding him. Now for this next step you need a round pen or a stall at least 24 feet square. Remove the halter so he is free to move away at will. Walk around him at a 45 degree angle from his head, back and forth getting closer then retreating and moving away. Go back and forth, slowly moving this curve closer and closer to him. (Oh, make sure you have the soft cotton lead line and halter on your shoulder) When you approach him close enough to touch him, only do it a a second or two and retreat, do this over and over again slowly increasing the time you spend rubbing him. Training him that your rubbing him is actually a reward.
Watch for the licking of lips, the slightly lowered head, the hind foot resting on the front of the hoof. All signs that he is relaxed.
Now with that said, if your horse should turn his hindquarters towards you, then he is being disrespectful to you. Take that soft cotton lead rope and make him face up to you, showing you the respect that he should.
If he runs back and forth in the stall or round pen, control his feet by only allowing him to run half way around before turning him and sending him the other way. Soon enough he will stop and face up to you.
If the horse is totally disrespectful and gets close enough to run you over take that soft cotton lead line and swing it, or spank him as he goes by. Teaching him that he needs to respect your space.
It will not hurt him, and probably save your life.