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Is it wrong to give your horse a pat?

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    03-31-2013, 12:40 AM
^^ I sure felt like it! That's actually how I get through to kids who invariably reach out for a horse's nose - I reach out for theirs & ask if they'd like a pat on the nose!
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    03-31-2013, 12:45 AM
Oh, there's no accounting for non-horsey people - last year riding on that same quiet bush trail I took my pony & let him run free with us. Near the end of the ride we met a ranger who said "Do you mind keeping the pony on lead please, because tourists use this trail & he might jump up on someone"!!
    03-31-2013, 12:51 AM
I am not a big pat-er if you think about it, if your horse can feel a fly on them what does you pat feel like. NOW, I am not saying don't pat your horse pat away, but think about it and I think a few have said it, but your horse will let you know if its too much.
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    03-31-2013, 01:06 AM
Originally Posted by CowboyBob    
I am not a big pat-er if you think about it, if your horse can feel a fly on them what does you pat feel like. NOW, I am not saying don't pat your horse pat away, but think about it and I think a few have said it, but your horse will let you know if its too much.

That's the thing, people mistake sensitivity for low pain tolerance.
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    03-31-2013, 01:27 AM
Green Broke
Yes they can feel a fly land on them but they can also take a kick without much issue. They can be hurt. Just because they can feel a fly land on them doesn't mean that they are as delicate as a flower or china. A pat or even a whack from a training stick has no comparison to a kick.
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    03-31-2013, 09:37 AM
I'd have offered "Here, let me show you a better way" and also offered an explanation. People like to touch horses but often don't know how so they just wing it. It's with the best of intentions.
    03-31-2013, 08:55 PM
^^If that was to me, yeah, agree... which is why I only felt like smacking them but didn't!
    04-19-2013, 05:55 PM
I have also had the tourist pat problem, my reasponse if someone just walks up and starts petting without my permission etc, is usually to smile sweetly and back my horse away, explaining that she's not safe for strangers. (She is safe, but its the only excuse that works for me)

Of course, if anyone comes up to me and asks politely if they may pat my horse, I will dismount, and show them where and how she likes her pats.

Its kinda funny tho, because Shakira has learnt to associate tourists with praise and a rest, so as we canter down the beach her ears will flick to any person who walks past, wondering if they want to say hello. She's too polite to stop or nicker, however.
    04-29-2013, 01:58 PM
Give the horse pats. It lets the horse know that what he did was right and he si a good boy etc.
When he does something good or if you just wanna love on him, pat him. It isn't harmful to anything.
    05-07-2013, 12:01 AM
I have a saying that I derived from the book called Spirital Materialism by Rimpoche. The saying is... "sometimes you've got to slap 'em." You can start out by politely setting boundries with her. You might get a little nervous about it. That's part of your healing.Get tough if she chooses to cross the boundries that you have set. Just like with a horse. Just don't hit her (jk). She may need to be embarased. It may be very healing for her to learn, by being told where the boundries are. People might start liking her.
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