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lauraetco 04-19-2013 12:49 AM

Horse getting too friendly
 
Hi, I haven't been here in a while.

What do you make of this...

I was walking through the barn with a bale of hay and my horse was following me, as usual. The unusual part is that he was nickering almost non-stop and really trying to get in my space. He's done this twice. The first time, he almost pinned me up against the wall. I could swear he wanted to make love to me. This time, I didn't let him get me up against a wall, but I noticed his thing was out. What the heck is that about? Do geldings ever try to mount people? Please tell me no cause I don't need a twelve hundred pound animal trying to jump on me! What do I do about this behaviour? Just keep him out of my space?

Thanks!

DraftyAiresMum 04-19-2013 12:57 AM

He's being pushy and disrespectful because you have food and he wants it. If you let this continue, you'll end up hurt. Make him stay out of your space. Carry a crop with you and if he tries to get in your space AT ALL, drive him off. You don't necessarily have to touch or smack him with the crop, you just have to make yourself seem bigger and scarier than you are. If this was my horse, he wouldn't be allowed to follow me around when I had feed until he could be respectful. If he couldn't be respectful, he'd be tied until I was done feeding.
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GamingGrrl 04-19-2013 12:58 AM

It sounds like he has no respect for you. Do you do any groundwork with him?
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Muppetgirl 04-19-2013 01:05 AM

What method do you use to train him?.....just curious:wink:

lauraetco 04-19-2013 01:06 AM

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Originally Posted by GamingGrrl (Post 2279049)
It sounds like he has no respect for you. Do you do any groundwork with him?
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I do but we still have some work to do. He was very disrespectful when I got him in the fall but I thought we had come a long way. Hmmm...maybe I've eased up and didn't even realize it. The strange thing is that he didn't go after the food. Anyways, I'm glad you think it's a disrespect thing because I know what to do about it. It just freaked me out because it seemed sexual somehow. I know, I sound like I'm crazy.

GamingGrrl 04-19-2013 01:08 AM

Honestly, I would step up the level of firmness you use with him. If he even stepped into my space uninvited, I would back him a good 20-30 feet quickly. Show him you're the BOSS.
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sandy2u1 04-19-2013 01:08 AM

I agree with the others. This isn't about him being friendly. This is about him being dominate and pushy. Don't put up with that for a second more. He can and will hurt you in his effort to push you around and prove that he is boss.

lauraetco 04-19-2013 01:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Muppetgirl (Post 2279081)
What method do you use to train him?.....just curious:wink:

I just got him in the fall and this winter was nasty so we haven't done too much in the round pen. When we have work, I do Clinton Anderson's stuff. Just the basics so far. While I'm doing chores in and around the barn, I've been making sure that he gets out of my way when he's in my way.

Muppetgirl 04-19-2013 01:17 AM

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Originally Posted by lauraetco (Post 2279177)
I just got him in the fall and this winter was nasty so we haven't done too much in the round pen. When we have work, I do Clinton Anderson's stuff. Just the basics so far. While I'm doing chores in and around the barn, I've been making sure that he gets out of my way when he's in my way.

Ok, thanks!

To be quite bluntly honest here......I'd lay into that horse something fierce, his behavior is what I would consider extremely dangerous. Pinning you and having his goodies hanging out is very very dangerous.....I know he's a gelding, but that doesn't mean he's beyond behaving like a stud....people have been crushed and killed by studs pinning them against walls and rubbing on them.....be careful!

lauraetco 04-19-2013 01:18 AM

Ok...thanks for the reality check everyone. Seriously!

This has been a problem for me since I started riding. I'm never firm enough! It's a cycle. I'm good for a bit and then I ease up. Someone notices and gives me a pep talk. Then, I'm good again until I ease up. Now that I have my horses at my own place, there is no one to notice!


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