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post #1 of 8 Old 02-05-2014, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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recognizing misbehaviour while feeding?

lots of questions -- sorry

how do you recognize bad behaviour during feed time?
what can you live with, and what needs to be put down immediately?
how do you deal with that bad behaviour?


please be detailed ... all i know so far, is that i don't want them any where near me when i am bringing out the food --- i bring a carriage whip when i feed them -- pinned ears at me means i need to chase them -- they are not allowed near the food until i set it down and walk away

please pretend i am completely oblivious and completely ignorant of any kind of horse behaviour whatsover -- especially feeding time behaviour

but be nice :) ... thanks
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Rushing and crowding are my two biggest no-nos. Easiest way to fix it is a nice long dressage or lunge whip and making them keep their distance. They are NOT allow to grab it from my arms or eat while I'm tying the hay bag to the fence. Once I walk away it's all theirs. I like to practice standing there for a minute or coming back a few minutes later and making sure they stay respectful.
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Rushing and crowding are my two biggest no-nos. Easiest way to fix it is a nice long dressage or lunge whip and making them keep their distance. They are NOT allow to grab it from my arms or eat while I'm tying the hay bag to the fence. Once I walk away it's all theirs. I like to practice standing there for a minute or coming back a few minutes later and making sure they stay respectful.
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thanks -- i just started running them off if they paw the ground while i am bring the food out

i keep wondering if i am missing some behaviour that should not be allowed
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Idk about pawing or bickering amongst each other. They are horses, that's what they do. So long as they keep a good 10ft distance away I'm ok with that.
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I agree with Slide. when I put the food down, I wait until they kind of move their head off to the side a bit, or if they were pinning ears, that ears come forward, but they retract their noses and stand in that "Mother may I?" position.
Then, put the food down, but stand next to it and move them off and wait , when they are all standing off, with ears forward , turn and move off with confidence, as if you are now bored and could not care less about the food.
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they retract their noses and stand in that "Mother may I?" position.
not real sure what this means --- tuck their noses down?
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yes, they are not reaching out with their noses , to sniff or grab a bit. when I feed a treat by hand (yes , I know , some say never to do this, but . . . . ), I say, "over" and motion with my hand and require the horse to move his head off to the side and wait for me to bring the food to him. anyway, I meant not reaching forward , straining to get to the food without moving their feet.
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yes, they are not reaching out with their noses , to sniff or grab a bit. when I feed a treat by hand (yes , I know , some say never to do this, but . . . . ), I say, "over" and motion with my hand and require the horse to move his head off to the side and wait for me to bring the food to him. anyway, I meant not reaching forward , straining to get to the food without moving their feet.
thanks tinyliny -- i will keep an eye out for that now :)

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