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post #1 of 9 Old 06-24-2013, 09:39 AM Thread Starter
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Exercises to build the leadership role with my horse

Hey Guys,

My horse is about 15.2 hands and is mainly in the pasture when I'm not there. The Alpha horse of this pasture is a pissy mare and I'm having trouble getting him to respect me and my space when I first arrive.

Any exercises to gain that respect back quickly? (I'm only there about a week at a time)
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post #2 of 9 Old 06-24-2013, 10:30 AM
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Watch the pissy mare, then copy the way she behaves, makes you the leader!
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'Push' your horse around, accept no crap and make sure YOU are putting on the pressure and that he is 'yielding' to that pressure.

Never step back away from a horse,
Always turn your horse to the right,
Never let him take a step past you or go around you,
Make him move his shoulder away from you every single time you get a chance,
Make him stand still on a loose rope -- never try to 'hold' him still,
Back him up often,
If he takes an unwanted step forward, make him back 5 or 10 steps.

NEVER, NEVER let him set the agenda. You need to call all of the shots. It makes absolutely no difference what he does or where he is in the herd pecking order. Each 2 horses or horse/human pairs has a dominant and a submissive member of that pair. Some 'lead horses' only are the leader of part of the herd. Any set of horses I have (some fields have 10 or more) ALL think I am god. They are attentive, want to be near me, but never show ANY form of dominance toward me or around me. They do not 'boss' another horse in my presence. They do not lay an ear back at another horse when any of them are near me. They are 100% respectful. That is what you need to learn to achieve. Your horses will tell you when you are getting it right.
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'Push' your horse around, accept no crap and make sure YOU are putting on the pressure and that he is 'yielding' to that pressure.

Never step back away from a horse,
Always turn your horse to the right,
Never let him take a step past you or go around you,
Make him move his shoulder away from you every single time you get a chance,
Make him stand still on a loose rope -- never try to 'hold' him still,
Back him up often,
If he takes an unwanted step forward, make him back 5 or 10 steps.

NEVER, NEVER let him set the agenda. You need to call all of the shots. It makes absolutely no difference what he does or where he is in the herd pecking order. Each 2 horses or horse/human pairs has a dominant and a submissive member of that pair. Some 'lead horses' only are the leader of part of the herd. Any set of horses I have (some fields have 10 or more) ALL think I am god. They are attentive, want to be near me, but never show ANY form of dominance toward me or around me. They do not 'boss' another horse in my presence. They do not lay an ear back at another horse when any of them are near me. They are 100% respectful. That is what you need to learn to achieve. Your horses will tell you when you are getting it right.

Im curious, what do you mean when you said "always turn your horse to the right" why is that important? Thanks :)
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If your turn your horse to the left, which seems natural, he is moving you. When you turn him away from you, to the right, you are moving him. That asserts your dominance.
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Sorry I'm still not getting that, but my brain is slow this morning..
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When you lead your horse and turn, make sure that you are turning into HIM and making HIM move. If you can then avoid walking away form him and him moving YOU.
Do lots of groundwork and if he tries to be the boss, get bigger and groundwork him!!
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You walk on the left side of the horse, correct? So you always move the horse away from you when turning. If you for whatever reason see fit to lead from the right, then you will turn your horse to the left.

Its exactly what they teach in ponyclub, and it has the added bonus of not allowing your horse to have the opportunity to step on your toes.
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