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post #1 of 14 Old 11-08-2012, 11:49 AM Thread Starter
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What should I do when he strikes?

I'm looking after a friend's pony. He's only 12.2hh and is 24, but he is very grumpy in the stable and impatient. When I made his breakfast and was bringing it to him he struck out at me with his front leg and kicked my thigh.
Obviously I can't tolerate that behaviour, but I don't know how to discipline a horse. I just shouted "NO", as I really didn't know what to do! I don't know if you're supposed to hit their chest with your hand, or don't touch them at all, say no with a stern voice, ahh! And it's not like you want to be seen giving a smack to a horse that's not yours.
I'm looking after him again this evening, advice would be wonderful...

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post #2 of 14 Old 11-08-2012, 11:51 AM
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Carry a crop or dressage whip with you. If he does it again, smack him and yell 'NO!' in the loudest voice you can.

If I'm watching your illmannered beastie, I'm going to protect myself. If you don't want anyone smacking Pookums, then you should have taught him manners.

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post #3 of 14 Old 11-08-2012, 11:55 AM
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I agree with speed racer. If somebody's puppy bites me, they better be able to deal with me giving it a stern no.
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post #4 of 14 Old 11-08-2012, 12:12 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you Speed Racer! I thought that would be a good idea, I just wasn't sure if it would be a pointless battle! I'll take one with me, I'm going there now (Hopefully he'll be a good boy!)

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post #5 of 14 Old 11-08-2012, 12:14 PM
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Oh no, once he figures out that being a brat gets him smacked, he'll stop (unless someone else is allowing him to get away with it).
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post #6 of 14 Old 11-08-2012, 12:16 PM
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Yep ^^^^^^ agreed! If you put your head in the sand all you will get is kicked in the A$$. Handle it quick so he learns not to do that.
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post #7 of 14 Old 11-08-2012, 12:20 PM
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I agree smack him and go after him like your a crazy lady and your going to eat him! Other horses wouldn't tolerate that, he needs to learn your the boss horse and you demand manners.
I think he will think twice before he does it again.
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post #8 of 14 Old 11-08-2012, 12:32 PM
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Sounds like somepony needs a "Come to Jesus" moment
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post #9 of 14 Old 11-08-2012, 12:45 PM
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Try to kill him with your bare hands.

I did not read any other responses, but at that moment, he should have 'worn' his breakfast and then been beaten with the bucket, chased around for 2 minutes and thumped on some more. He should have thought he was lucky to still be alive..

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post #10 of 14 Old 11-08-2012, 02:44 PM
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^ Exactly.

Striking, kicking, jumping ontop of me, no. Not okay.

One time Selena tried to strike at me. I had her flying backwards to the point where it was a miracle she didn't flip over backwards, ran her sideways down the fence. chased her shoulder away from me, ran backwards some more, lunged her in tight circles with lots of change of direction, back to sideways down the fence.

She no longer thinks that is a good idea.
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Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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