Lesson horse's behavior... - The Horse Forum
  • 2 Post By tinyliny
  • 2 Post By kitten_Val
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 5 Old 08-12-2013, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Canada
Posts: 79
• Horses: 0
Lesson horse's behavior...

Hi, everyone! I'm taking lessons, but have a few questions I need answered, if anyone could help, about my lesson horse's behavior. I would ask my instructor, but I only see her once a week and forget everything I want to ask her . Anyways, if anybody could clear up what's going on?

My lesson horse, a draft-cross mare named Goose, always turns her ears back while I groom her. I get confused, because I'm not sure if she's upset, or just chilling. Her ears are not flattened, just angled so they face backwards. This is in a grooming stall, so there is nothing behind to listen for. Why is she doing this?

Do horses normally not like their feet messed with after riding? Because after my lesson, Goose will refuse to pick up her feet. Not until everyone is leading their horses to the paddock does she let me pick them.

I'm not sure how to describe this, but it's like kicking/pawing. I try to lift her front left hoof, and she throws around her back left hoof, like she's trying to hit me, but not trying to at the same time.

Goose is a really sweet mare, and other than those things, she's an absolute angel, both on the ground and in saddle. Thanks for helping!
QueenCheval is offline  
post #2 of 5 Old 08-12-2013, 02:59 PM
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Seattle, WA
Posts: 47,719
• Horses: 2
she doesn't want to be bothered with you lifting her feet. when the other horses are going out to the paddock, she , too , wants to go, starts shifting her feet around and knows that if she lets you do what you do, then she can go. she complies, but expresses her unhappiness by moving the back foot around.

These are all bad manners and she needs a sharp reprimnad to smarten up, pay attention and lift her feet politiely. if she has some actual problem with lifting up her feet, such as a pain issue, or has never been correxctly taught, then have ;your instructor help you get it right, but this behavior is her expressing her impatience. as for the ears back, if they are just softly back, not pinned, it her just relaxing. School horses are not usually the happiest creatures. they have a lot to put up with, so if they aren't "smiling" with their ears forward and perky all the time, we should cut tehm a bit of slack there.
tinyliny is offline  
post #3 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 06:09 AM
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: ON, Canada
Posts: 21
• Horses: 0
You might be going too fast on the horse. Are you walking up to the horse normally, touching it's shoulder, going down the leg to the foot and bringing it up? Horses have like a 2 minute memory span so you should do that every time so they don't get a bit startled at first. Eventually you can touch the leg then the foot, then just the foot. So, the horse may not be fully sacked-out for it.

The ears mean the horse is a bit irritated in this situation I'm assuming. If the horse didn't mind, it would mean the horse just wants to hear what you're doing.
Lostlita is offline  
post #4 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 08:01 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: MD
Posts: 23,909
• Horses: 2
Horses don't keep ears forward all the time. As long as she doesn't pin them back (and you won't miss it when you see) I wouldn't care much. BTW, both my mares keep ears back when I'm riding, because I use voice commands (so they are listening).

As for not picking the foot. Well... That's an example of bad manners. She's like "I'm done, don't bother me anymore". I do NOT allow my horses to misbehave when I'm still working/messing with them. So with her I'd strictly say "stop it", and would ask for a foot again.

Faceman and Skyseternalangel like this.

"Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass: it's about learning to dance in the rain..."

"When we are no longer able to change a situation - we are challenged to change ourselves."

"How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours."
kitten_Val is offline  
post #5 of 5 Old 08-13-2013, 05:23 PM
Join Date: Jul 2011
Location: Missouri
Posts: 17,077
• Horses: 1
She just seems as tinyliny said.. impatient, taking advantage of you being new to this, in need of a wakeup call.

But unfortunately since they deal with so much being lesson horses.. it's sadly what a lot of them are like.

"Strength is the ability to use a muscle without tension"
Skyseternalangel is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Horse behavior? ccbmmom Horse Talk 3 08-29-2012 08:38 AM
Hackamore and horse behavior AQHSam Horse Tack and Equipment 6 01-26-2012 05:47 PM
Horse Behavior! Monty Horse Talk 2 05-16-2011 10:27 PM
The Manual of Appropriate Behavior (for your horse) Tyler Horse Talk 7 04-06-2010 01:59 PM
rescue horse and her behavior jtcrnch Horse Training 4 02-24-2007 11:13 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome