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Is it wrong to give your horse a pat?

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        08-28-2013, 10:43 AM
      #141
    Green Broke
    ^Ha, the above.
         
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        08-29-2013, 09:06 AM
      #142
    Yearling
    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.
         
        08-29-2013, 11:59 AM
      #143
    Showing
    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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        09-14-2013, 03:29 PM
      #144
    Weanling
    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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        09-15-2013, 09:21 AM
      #145
    Weanling
    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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