Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: Germany- but not German =D
Just reading from you guys ;D
I won't 'beat the snot' out of my horse for no reason and there is a fine balance between respect and fear, and those who have been around horses for longer and are willing to learn will know this.
Duffy bit me the other day- what did I do? I untied her from the crossties, got a leadrope on her and gave her a couple of whacks, I then used ground work till she dropped her head and stopped using what I would describe as body language that was bolshy towards me. It took two minutes, and she stopped.
I lunge her. I use a lunge whip. I don't crack it, or whip her with it, I use it as motivation for her hind legs. If she were to come at me, attempt to change direction, reared or bucked that wasn't out off yeehaw, she would get a crack, I would send her forwards until she wanted to stop, I would then continue to send her forward.
They're big animals, even the little 13hh canbe devils if the mood strikes them, and when they know they can use their weight against you, you're in trouble,. There is no WAY you can fight a horse, you have to be clever, savvy and quick about it. Think one step ahead of the game.
If you watch a lead mare in a field, she doesn't think... actually, I'm not going to double barrel you in the face, I'll make you leg yield till you submit.... They don't think in terms of humans, you have to establish that role of head honcho.