Join Date: Dec 2011
Location: East Coast of USA
• Horses: 0
Well, on Tuesday when I was being taught how to grain her, the horse was acting threatening and doesn't like people in her stall. So she (the girl) waited until that split second when her ears went forward to pour the grain in her bucket. I know more about dogs than I do about horses and a split second wouldn't do with a dog. They need to be "calm submissive" and in the right state of mind to do things with them.
Anyway, on Friday I chose to grain this horse to see if I could manage to get a longer period in which to feed her and she was much better with me. It might have been a fluke but I didn't have any problem. And the girl on Friday did groom her outside of her stall, on cross-ties. I thought that was a smart thing to do. If she doesn't like people in her stall and her space when she's in there, then we might as well respect that and do what we can to work around her idiosyncrasies. There are times when we need to go in there with her, but we can still be considerate of her and limit those times.
Lord knows we all have some!