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post #141 of 145 Old 08-28-2013, 10:43 AM
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^Ha, the above.
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post #142 of 145 Old 08-29-2013, 09:06 AM
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Saddlebag, turn your back to them when your just hanging out with them. Sometimes it gets pretty amusing. Most can't stand being ignored. Only the senior mares were able to resist a poke with a nose or shift to get your attention.
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post #143 of 145 Old 08-29-2013, 11:59 AM
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SueNH I often turn my back to the horses. When training a fearful horse to accept being haltered without him getting rigid, I'd place it halfway on, remove it then walk away and stand with my back to him for half a minute. This was done maybe half a dozen times and then he began to search to put his nose in. By the time I stopped the session he was relaxed with being haltered. That was when I realized the importance of turning one's back to a horse. It can be a powerful tool.
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post #144 of 145 Old 09-14-2013, 03:29 PM
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I don't *pat* so much as my mare doesn't seem to enjoy it, but I often rub her around her lips, ears and stroke down her blaze because this really seems to relax her.

Also if I ever see her itching or trying to itch herself I will go over and scratch her where she wants to be scratched.

But I have meet some horses that loved a *slappy pat* so each to its own I suppose. Like someone else said, if the worst thing that ever happens to your horse is that it gets a pat, its a lucky horse.
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post #145 of 145 Old 09-15-2013, 09:21 AM
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Sometimes people get a little drunk on their own knowledge and enjoy sharing it because doing so boosts their sense of self-importance. If I have to get snarky, I usually go with. "If you're going to give me something for nothing, I prefer cash."

I do realize that the OP has moved on. I'm glad you're happy with your new barn.

In the mean time, I do pat, but I do it in certain context. I tend to rub and stroke, then when I'm all done with a "lovin" session and ready to move on, I give the horse a light pat as a loving, "let's move now."

I do prefer to have my horses desensitized to some pretty hard patting so that if I ever have to whack a fly, my horse doesn't flip out on me.
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