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post #11 of 12 Old 03-08-2013, 10:25 AM
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I spend most of my time with him working him and punishing him for being disrespectful
Just to clarify, you never want to punish a horse, you want to disapline them. Horses only know emediate consequences, so traditional "punishment" doesnt work. correct them at that moment, then move on.

I highly recomend getting clinton andersons book, or even buck brannamans dvds. They will give you all the groundwork to make your horse a respectful follower.

I actually tend to gravitate towards the dominant type horses, which is what my arab is now. once you build trust and respect(which is what your gelding is lacking) you wont have any problems riding out with him alone.

I know many people in the whole, "be gentle, never hit, disapline the horse or raise your voice", but the truth is, that kind of behavior is forein to the horse. watch them in the pasture. the lead horse reinforces his possition by any means nessesary, until the herd members learn to respect him as leader. First he might pin his ears, then glare at the offender and move threateningly. ONLY after the warnings does he kick or bite. Sometimes humans need to reinforce their possition as leader firmly.
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post #12 of 12 Old 03-31-2013, 11:18 PM
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I totally agree with Tessa7707. The only thing I would add is to know when to end your training sessions with him. If he's being good and goes further away from his herd mates than he usually does, reward him and call it a day, maybe go work on something else in the riding ring. Also another thing that really helps get a horse like that to knock off the crap is to let a realy good rider or a trainer get on him (not right after he's bullied you) and make it clearer for him to understand what he's supposed to be doing (or not supposed to be doing). Its like a little training session for your horse before you get on. I know the whole idea is to get him listening to you but having someone more experienced get on him for a little bit makes him think, "Oh okay I guess I can't win every time and Im not supposed to do a rein back everytime Im going out on a trail."

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