Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Stroudsburg, Pa
But like Ridergirl said, I'm 99% sure she's just being a brat. Sorry, in my opinion when you're doing something like that the horse should be expected to stand still until it is asked to move, regardless of what is being done to it. If she was fine with it last year she's just being a brat. I went through this with Chopper as well, he was being disrespectful and just being bratty. She knows she can get away with it so she does it. I still think she needs a good crack or two.
Trust me, the horse won't hate you. If anything she will respect you more that she already does. IMO the key to a good relationship with your horse is respect. When you take that alpha mare role, your horse will do anything for you.
ETA: I just kept spraying with a water bottle until he stood still, praising for every second he was good. As a yearling he was good, then his two year old year he was a brat. Three and four have no issues, I can spray his ears, sheath, everywhere. Any misbehaviour gets reprimanded.