Originally Posted by AtokaGhosthorse View Post
The woman was terrified of him. He'd run in at her, she'd run backwards, facing him... he'd pursue. Tail still up, ears forward, high stepping and prancing all the way. She was so anxious I was shocked she didn't drop her lunge whip and run.
Omg. This is actually a huge problem.
Teaching Arabians to be dominant is the horse world version of how people manage to screw up chihuahuas.
The Arabian mix I lease has an owner who is totally scared of her. As a result of mixed messages and poor handling, she snaps, kicks, bites and flat out refuses all the time. At least, she did when I started with her. She’s getting a lot better. But I’m still battling a pile of bad habits.
And its easy to say “well, its just this horse” but its not.
There’s an Arabian in the same field as the horses I ride with my daughter. THAT Arabian also gets pushy about food and can be too assertive.
I met the Arabian’s “ex-dad” and he was amazed at how much space his Arabian gave me, and how the horse respected me.
The guy said, “He just sticks his head in my car window to get food from me!” (As if the owner had no control over this.)
I love Arabians. Just like I adore the chihuahua mix that I raised as a puppy. Arabians are beautiful, sensitive, proud and playful.
But when people let their horses intimidate them, things can get really bad