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        03-21-2013, 12:05 PM
    Yeah, But, MY Horse…

    This is from an article in a recent (February 19, 2013) Horse&Rider Newsletter, by Jennifer Forsberg Meyer
    Yeah, But, MY Horse…
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        03-21-2013, 12:11 PM
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    Do you ever make excuses for your horse’s misbehavior?

    “But he’s a stud,” was one excuse for a stallion with poor manners.

    And, “She’s too much of a lady to get her feet wet,” for a mare who balked at water crossings.

    And, “It’s raining, and everyone’s grumpy on a rainy day,” for an ill-tempered gelding.

    “I can’t ride with her because my horse doesn’t like her horse.”
    “I couldn’t go on that trail ride because my horse won’t cross ditches.”
    “I can’t leave my horse tied because he gets lonely.”

    “Horses are phenomenal ‘people trainers', s a result, we wind up trying to explain away the things they’ve trained us to let them do—or refuse to do.
    The urge to cover over these little weak spots in our horse’s training is strong because the alternative means work. .........

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        03-21-2013, 12:16 PM
    Dogs are pretty good people trainers too. I have one right now pushing for a walk. Ha! Forget it, Dog. It's snowing!!
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        03-21-2013, 12:20 PM
    Green Broke
    My Mark always said he was an Arabian, and dessert horses don't do water.
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        03-21-2013, 12:58 PM

    I like that one. :)
        03-21-2013, 01:16 PM
    One of my friends has a gelding who is "afraid of heights." No, he's not afraid of heights. He's trained you to get off and lead him so he doesn't have to work as hard or try to balance your weight as well as his own while going up or down inclines. Wonder of wonders, once we got her to admit it an she started making him do it, he was 100% okay with it.
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        03-21-2013, 01:31 PM
    My horse doesn't like holding her back feet up for the farrier. She does her mean face. So she gets to have her back feet scotch hobbled, and make a mean face at the same time...
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        03-21-2013, 01:38 PM
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    ^^ LOL ... "you can make your mean face the EASY WAY .. or the HARD way"
        03-21-2013, 01:40 PM
    Originally Posted by AnnaHalford    
    My horse doesn't like holding her back feet up for the farrier. She does her mean face. So she gets to have her back feet scotch hobbled, and make a mean face at the same time...
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    Anna, spend some time working with her feet. I have spent the winter working with my 6yo QH's feet. I start in the stall, when I'm cleaning around him and making him move out of my way. I pick up whatever back foot is cocked FIRST, pull up in the cleaning position, hold for about one minute, then say, "down" and I put the foot down. Then, I make my way around to do all the feet. You don't have to clean the foot, just handle it.
        03-21-2013, 02:05 PM
    I'm trying. I can handle her back feet with few problems. But the farriers here are not patient, and I am not a farrier. I clean her feet every day, tap them etc, and can rasp them. But with a new person... And because we're travelling, I don't have the opportunity to build a relationship with another person to help her to learn. So at the moment, she gets to make her mean face the hard way. But I also need to suck it up and work out a way of insisting she behaves when it's not me who's picking up her feet...
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