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LouieThePalomino 02-22-2013 03:34 PM

Gaining a horses respect
I was told that to gain a horses respect on the ground you move his FRONT END instead o his hindquarters. I beleive this is true because if you watch the horses in the pasture the dominant horse will always plant his front feet and refuse to move, while the subordinate horse will spin on his back legs and jump away, even if its not the most efficient way to escape. What are your thoughts on this? Why does every popular horseman say the opposite?
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LynnF 02-22-2013 03:51 PM

I think to truly have a horse's respect you should be able to move ALL of it's feet.

oh vair oh 02-22-2013 04:23 PM

Popular horsemen don't say the opposite. Most people just stop listening after the first lesson. You move the hindquarters, you move the forequarters. You must control all of the feet - the hindquarters, the shoulder, the ribcage.

What happens if all you do is move the front, then the horse moves his front away and swings his hindquarters to kick you?

What happens if all you do is move the hind, then the horse swings his butt away and rears up on you?

I actually really like an exercise Buck Brannaman does that I use on my yearling. You disengage the hindquarters, and in the same motion, pivot away the front. Then you disengage the hindquarters, pivot away the front, and continue on in a fluid movement until you can travel the whole arena that way.

PaintHorseMares 02-22-2013 05:00 PM

Well, in our pasture, the boss mare (who is very bossy) will run off (i.e. chase) another mare, and believe me, all those legs are moving fast.
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Palomine 02-22-2013 09:03 PM

You don't gain a horse's respect, as much as you demand it, like a lead horse does.

Your walk, tone of voice, your unwillingness to put up with anything will signal to a horse that you are in charge.

I have never tried to gain a horse's respect, I have however demanded it, and gotten it every time.

Thunderspark 02-23-2013 12:58 AM

Clinton Anderson says to move your horse left, right, forward and keep your feet still or you move towards the horse making it move....
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