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post #11 of 46 Old 10-20-2009, 11:54 AM
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I pat mine, in the same way that I might pat a human friend on the shoulder. I've seen people praising horses who look like they're all out wailing on the horse's neck, that I'm not wild about, but a soft "good fella" or "howdy, Bud" pat is fine.

Then, it all comes down to what the horse is used to, and what the horse prefers. My first pony didn't like his face petted, even between the eyes, so we didn't pet him there. As years went by, he got more easygoing about his head, and eventually would rub his forehead on my shoulder, so we started petting his forehead, but he always hated his nose touched unless it was with the uber-fine bristled face brush. Scout, on the other hand, is "nosey" gently putting his nose in your face or hand and resting it there if you allow him, so, as long as he seems to enjoy it, we humor him and pet his face and ears.

I know people who think that if you hear your hand make contact with the horse, you have just physically injured them (this is a near quote from a friend of mine). Their horses always twitch their skin like a fly is bothering them when they get petted.

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oh I don't think that if you pat your horse you are abusing the horse, just in my book I don't think it's right, but that's just me. I don't even pat my dog, I rub and pet my dog. (first off even the tiniest pat would knock my dogs over lol)
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post #13 of 46 Old 10-20-2009, 12:04 PM
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oh I don't think that if you pat your horse you are abusing the horse, just in my book I don't think it's right, but that's just me. I don't even pat my dog, I rub and pet my dog. (first off even the tiniest pat would knock my dogs over lol)
I just mentioned that to show the "way out there" end of no patting that I have experienced. Sorry if you took that to mean I was jumping to conclusions about your position.

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post #14 of 46 Old 10-20-2009, 12:13 PM
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Horses can feel a fly on their skin, so I am of the mind that it is not necessary to slap your horse's necks as a reward. Some people do, and that's fine, it's just my personal preference to lightly pat or stroke the neck as a job well done, not give 'em a good "ATTABOY!" with a huge slap.
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post #15 of 46 Old 10-20-2009, 12:17 PM
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I think there is a difference between 'slapping' a horse, and patting a horse. When I pat Candy, its a nice little..well..pat. And I usually tell her shes a good girl!

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post #16 of 46 Old 10-20-2009, 12:55 PM
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I personally don't like it when a rider does what Jos Lansink does at 2:01 :


That is just my personal opinion on the subject though. It's far from abuse by any stretch of the meaning, I just personally don't whack my horse like that to tell him he's done a good job... haha
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post #17 of 46 Old 10-20-2009, 01:14 PM
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Yeah, that was a bit...much. Wacking isn't necessary. I tend to just give a neck rub and a "good girl!" after a particularly succesful ride or lesson. Don't see anything wrong with a light pat and I know I've done it before.

I recall having once heard by this renowned trainer that animals such as horses and dogs prefer the rubing/stroking motion over patting, as it simulates what their mother's tongues must have felt like...or something like that. Not sure how much truth there is in that statement but it makes sense.
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post #18 of 46 Old 10-20-2009, 01:18 PM
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I agree, I dont try to put an indent of my hand into Duchess' neck but I see nothing wrong with a gentle "good girl" pat.
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post #19 of 46 Old 10-20-2009, 04:08 PM
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LOL Yeah slapping is totally different then patting.
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post #20 of 46 Old 10-20-2009, 04:15 PM
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I pat, my horse gets ****ed if you scratch, rub, or stroke him. He has sensitive skin and would much prefer a nice firm pat.
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