Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Southeastern PA
I read the first page only.
I don't really buy much into natural horsemanship, that doesn't mean I am only old school either, I do a bit of both - but no NH games, just good sense horsemanship.
I am not harsh on my horse, so when I first got him, he tested boundaries. He was in a paddock that entered into his stall, the inside latch was stiff, so I put the feed in, and then walked outside to let him in and open the door. He charged me, I moved over, so did his charge, he was full out galloping right at me, and when I moved, he did too, so he was still coming at me. There wasn't much time, and there wasn't a fence I could get through in time. For some reason, I have no idea why, as there was no reason for me still to have it, but I had a metal feed scoop in my hand. At this point, I had my back to the barn and nowhere to go. I launched that metal feed scoop and got him squarely in the forehead. He's an English riding horse, but he did a sliding stop to impress western riders, as I moved to the fence, he stopped right at the barn, where I would have been standing.
It wasn't his fault that he stopped there, he was lucky to stop, but he did stop coming at me. Immediately.
Never once has he come at me again, and never once have I ever thrown something at him again. It's been 3-4 years since. But if he came at me again, I would take off my shoe and throw it, or do whatever I could, including whopping him.
I think the NH movement is over the top with the don't hurt a horse that can kill you. Some of the better NH'ers would, but not the most popular ones.
So you have a horse charging you, and you have your back to the barn, what would you do?