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english_rider144 10-02-2009 10:55 AM

Ground manners
Well I just bought a horse. He has been out in the pasture and hasnt been handeled in 2 years. He seems to have forgotten his ground manners. He likes to be pushy and doesnt respect space. Will him re learning ground manners help this?

Lily of the Valley 10-02-2009 11:01 AM

You're asking if a pushy horse who doesn't respect space learning not to be pushy and to respect space will help his pushiness and lack of respect? =/

mls 10-02-2009 11:08 AM

Did the horse have ground manners to begin with?

All horses need to be reminded of people space/horse space every once in a while. So yes, start over and demand the human/equine respect.

english_rider144 10-02-2009 11:14 AM

He had some but he never had that many so I was just asking.

HeartMyOTTB 10-02-2009 12:13 PM

Don't think of it as "re-learning." Just start over and think of it as training. Spend a lot of time in the cross ties and get him to where you want him to be. Good luck and congrats!

english_rider144 10-02-2009 12:42 PM

he has no manners in the cross ties! I'll put him in them and he tries to walk right out. I have a lot of work ahead of me. Hes fine in the saddle though.

AussieDaisyGirl 10-02-2009 12:51 PM

Sounds almost like my horse. Retraining him all over again is a must! If you read my post "Ground manners.. I'm fed up!!" you'll get some good advice.

Domino13011 10-02-2009 12:54 PM

Sounds exactaly like my horse. It just takes time

riccil0ve 10-02-2009 01:31 PM

My yearling is like that. Of course, she's still in that baby stage, she just doesn't get it all yet. I never ever handle her without a dressage whip. If she tries to blow through me, there's nothing I can do myself without that whip to give her a good whack to teach her to back off. She respects the dressage whip, and through that, she respects me. Now, I don't use the whip unless it's necessary. I taught her to sidestep in hand yesterday, and first, I tapped her side with the whip, and by the end of our five minute session, I could stand in front of her, a tad to the side, and stick my arm out and she'd move over. My point is, he needs to respect something, and if you go at him with something bigger and badder than he is, he will yield to the master. =] It takes time.

G and K's Mom 10-02-2009 01:35 PM


Originally Posted by HeartMyOTTB (Post 417647)
Spend a lot of time in the cross ties

Don't spend time in cross ties, spend time with him on a lead line, round pen or arena. Cross ties should be abolished..... seriously it is one of the most dangerous places to put a horse who has no idea about them. Get him tying well on a single lead rope before you shove him in cross ties.

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