Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Saskatchewan, Canada
I have question to add to this.
I worked with a TB filly that was way too smart for her own good. She also was a pissy, 'don't love on me', type of horse. If I petted or groomed her too long she would bite, strike, or kick at me. I would correct her firmly every time with a sharp "Hey!" and a elbow, slap, or whack with the back of the grooming brush. As I worked more with her and got to know her warning signs earlier and earlier along, I could catch her almost before her ears went back, with a quick, "Hey!" and she would stop. But I also knew what made her mad and learned not to groom or rub on her for so long.
As long as I walked up like I meant business, snapped the lead on, ran a quick brush over her, and then went to working on the saddle pad, surcingle, saddle or bridle right away she was less irritable.
She was still mouthy though and I learn one day that if I put a headstall with a snaffle on her she wouldn't try eating my clothes.
Do you think I did the right thing with this horse, or should I have pushed her farther and made her accept me grooming or rubbing on her longer?
I only worked with her for 6 weeks. She was a long yearling, and I giving her and another gelding (who was a sweet heart) a head start before they went to the track in Saskatoon the next spring.
I figure if a girl wants to be a LEGEND, she should just go ahead and be one. ~Calamity Jane