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doniakay 11-15-2008 05:27 PM

horse bumps me with her head....
how can i get her to stop. its so annoying. i have had horses do this but she does it CONSTANTLY....she is not mean she is a very sweet horse and willing to do what i ask.

also what kind of other training do you all do in the barn in the winter months when you cannot ride???

just curious


KatieStanley 11-15-2008 05:51 PM

I have never had this problem (well I say lesson horse like to rub his head on me after removing his bridle) I would correct the horse consistently everytime by popping his neck and say "NO"- eventually she will connect "NO" with a pop on the neck and know what NO means. Pushy horses are no fun...even if it is done playfully.

doniakay 11-15-2008 06:09 PM

well and thats what i have already been is so annoying she is such a big mare and that head can hurt!!!!!

SonnyWimps 11-15-2008 06:19 PM

is she hitting your face?
If yes, simply raise your elbow and just stay there. Instead she'll run into your elbow.

Also, I'd work just on basic ground work to get her to respect you, it doesn't seem like she is looking at you as a leader.

doniakay 11-15-2008 06:30 PM

no not hitting in face, i dont think that she is doing it to be mean. i think were she came from they allowed it.

i have been practicing showman ship and lunging...what else should i be doing

she is tied also when i groom??

Zab 11-16-2008 05:19 PM

Work on making her leave you when you ask, stay at a distance of you that you decide, and come to you when you ask again.
Use a small fenced area or a long leadrope.
Start with waving your hands and arms to make her back away; if she oesn't react, do it more agressively and walk towards her. If she overreacts, be calmer next time. Stop as soon as she moves away, and relax.
Walk away when she's at a distance and let her follow you, but stop her if she gets too close and back her.

It's to make her respect your personal space. She shouldn't come ''in'' unless you allow it (by inviting her with a relaxed body and calm mind) don't get mad but make sure she's never too close to you if you avn't allowed it.
YOU approach HER most of the time, or at least call on her.
Listen to her body language and learn what she say.

When she bumps you it might not be mean, but it is carelessly and she's saying ''I don't have to care about if you're there or not''.. make sure she cares ;)
Of course don't scre her. But she'll feel better if she know you're a strong person, since you make a lot of decisions for her.

Spirithorse 11-16-2008 06:16 PM

This is a perfect example of how hitting a horse does not work. I would stop smacking her. Horses are not dogs, they don't understand discipline like that. Just my opinion. And I don't think smacking dogs is good....oh gosh you guys know what I'm saying!

Teach her to back up by wiggling your rope. If she is back away from you she can't hit you with her head.:wink: If she goes to do it simply block her with your elbow. If she still insists back her up. Simple, easy solution. None of this smacking business. She will learn that it's just not possible to do this behavior anymore without hitting herself with your elbow. She'll stop. But you will need to be consistant and persistant. Also teach her that she is to stay out of your personal space unless invited in. You can do this in a very easy way, just back her out and go about your business, walk around, pick up brushes, etc. and if she moves put her back where she was. This is actually a fun exercise if you have the right attitude behind it.

doniakay 11-16-2008 08:26 PM

ahh...i have never hit or smacked her???

FGRanch 11-16-2008 08:28 PM

It's a personal space issue. Be sure to let her know that she is not allowed in your personal space. This is one thing all of my horses learn from a very young age. I usually see this as a result of a spoiled horse. BTW the horse in your Avatar looks great, good looking one.

barrelracingchik101 11-26-2008 02:20 PM

well my horse how loved doing that to, but my friend told me to put my knuckle between the halter or bridle and when she went to rub she got the pressure and moved away from it and she soon stopped

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