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Is it wrong to give your horse a pat?

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        03-20-2013, 05:58 PM
    Don't ask me to think before I speak.... I enjoy being just as surprised as everyone else what comes out of my mouth!

    ...But you're just jealous because the voices on talk to me!
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        03-20-2013, 06:38 PM
    My horse always interprets a pat as "you've done a good job, good boy" kind of thing. But when I pat him, it doesn't make a sound, it's just a soft kind of pat. However, my dad is an old cowboy. He is practically bow-legged from sitting in a saddle all of his life. He's a big man (over 6 ft tall, and 200+ lbs) and he's very loud. He doesn't realize it, though. When he pats a horse, he also means for it to be a "good boy" kind of thing. But when he pats, it makes a loud sound. It doesn't startle my horse or anything, but it is quite loud. Maybe that's what this "trainer" meant?..Idk. I'm not good with rude people. I have a short fuse when it comes to people like her. Lol Good luck!
        03-20-2013, 07:09 PM
    Like I said, she'll definitely know soon that I'm no longer putting up with her "help"
    I cannot believe I let it go on to this point!
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        03-20-2013, 09:17 PM
    I don't really understand why this "trainer" is even hanging around your barn if she doesn't own a horse. Does she lease or take lessons or something?

    I agree with everyone else - tell her to go to h-e-double hockeysticks, as diplomatically or directly as you deem appropriate.
        03-20-2013, 11:46 PM
    Good lord.
    I pat my horses all the time. Sometimes, when they are jerks and start misbehaving, I even hit them.
        03-20-2013, 11:48 PM
    ^^^^*GASP* The horror!!!
        03-20-2013, 11:52 PM
    Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
    ^^^^*GASP* The horror!!!
    I know, I'm horrible!
    My colt today decided to try to kick me in the head so I took my lead rope to his butt. He didn't like that, at all, but... I don't care.
        03-20-2013, 11:58 PM
    Originally Posted by WSArabians    
    I know, I'm horrible!
    My colt today decided to try to kick me in the head so I took my lead rope to his butt. He didn't like that, at all, but... I don't care.
    Hmmm I though you'd have kicked him.....haha but I guess your in no condition for that....yet
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        03-20-2013, 11:59 PM
    Oh, he wasn't trying to kick you it was a "love pat".
    (sounds like you gave him one back..tee he!)
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        03-21-2013, 12:05 AM
    Originally Posted by COWCHICK77    
    Oh, he wasn't trying to kick you it was a "love pat".
    (sounds like you gave him one back..tee he!)
    We will have to work on our issues with his returning his "love pats". He's gotten into this really bad habit of crow hopping whenever I go behind him and then backing up and kicking out with one leg when I don't move out of his way.
    He keeps it up he's going to get one HECK of a "love pat" back.
    It would be like that movie "Ghost." Harder you hit, the more you love.

    Sorta back on topic - I do have two mares that love their butts being patted. Like honestly. LOL
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