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        08-08-2013, 12:08 PM
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    Originally Posted by Kaylastacy12    
    I don't understand why some people feel the need to post such hateful replies. This post was made under the "new to horses" section and I openly admitted I know nothing about horses and am asking for help. I hope many of you are a little nicer when people ask you for advice in real life. Just sayin.
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    I haven't seen hateful here, at all. The replies have been firm, in a way that might "wake" you up to how differently you need to think about this situation. Just as I mentioned that you need to get the horse's attention and be "important" to her, and that she might jump and be a bit scared for a sec but she'll change her attitude toward you, you might feel a bit pushed off balance by some of these replies reminding you of your responsibility to be a leader, and of the seriousness of the situation. But, hopefully, it can change your way of looking at this horse, and how you see yourself in relation to her to not worry about her "mood" and whether the horse like's or "hates" you, and start focusing on your own consistency as a leader.

    None of us, and I mean none of us, likes to hear that we are not doing enough or are doing things wrong when it comes to horses. But, there's always something to do better, and someone to learn from.
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        08-08-2013, 08:48 PM
    OP, I'm new to horses too. Probably more new than you as I've only started lessons recently. What these people are saying sounds just like what my coach tells me.

    Basically, horses will try to be the boss of you (not do what their told, do what they want and not what you want, ect) if you do not teach them that you are in charge. You have to call the shots 24/7. If they get grumpy and start acting different you just have to be strong right back at them and let them know that this behavior is not acceptable.

    For example, one day she's easy to catch, the next day she runs. The day that she runs do not give up! Stay after her until you catch her. You could then spend a whole day training her on catching. She should know that if she does something unacceptable that she will have to do it the right way and repeat that action the right way over and over. She will eventually learn that you mean what you say and she might as well do it right the first time.

    She is testing you. Do those things over and over again so that she knows that when you tell her to do something you mean it. And like a little kid she might push you and test you to see if you really mean it. You just have to stick with it. Just like a toddler you have to constantly reinforce good behavior and let them know who's boss when they try to do something they shouldn't. It's all about manners.
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