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post #31 of 46 Old 10-21-2009, 01:42 PM
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I do pat my horses all the time but I try to avoid their sides and their head. I will ususally give them a pat on the side of the neck, on the shoulder, or the rump. I am with most of the rest of you, the gigantic "here let me squash that fly that is as big as a dog" pats are not okay but a soft pat to show a job well done is good. My horses are taught to respond to soft steady pressure, I don't want a horse that is gonna jump out from under me trying to get away from a bush that tapped him on the side as we were walking by. IMHO, that is a hypersensative horse but to each their own.
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post #32 of 46 Old 10-21-2009, 02:16 PM
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I don't particularly have an opinion on it. I've patted my horses before, yeah, but I generally do more stroking. If I did pat my horse and they took it as a signal to move over, I can't say I'd complain about it... I mean, the horse did what I asked, after all. But when I want my horses to move over, I push on their shoulder or hip and say "scoot", and any praise I give is usually backed up with my talking to them in a whole 'nother tone of voice, so it's not real often they get a "praise pat" mixed with a signal for something.
For instance, with Magic, when we're heading out of the arena after a good run, I'll ruffle up her mane and pat her shoulders and say something like "Atta girl, Mags! We did awesome today!"
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post #33 of 46 Old 10-21-2009, 03:13 PM
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Patting is quite a bit different than smacking your horse. If it annoys the beast, then you're doing it wrong.

Mine get both patted and stroked. None of them seems to have any problem distinguishing those two things as affection, as opposed to disciplinary action.
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post #34 of 46 Old 10-21-2009, 06:47 PM
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I don't think I've ever 'stroked' a horse, but I do pet and pat them all the time.

I 'pet' my two around their face and lower legs, but pretty much every othr time I 'pat' them and verbally say something to them... my horses definately know the difference between a 'good' pat and a bad 'pat'/'smack'.

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post #35 of 46 Old 10-21-2009, 06:56 PM
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I pat my horse, I pat my dogs. They enjoy it.
I guess it depends on the horse, as I do know some who don't like patting, but if your horse likes it or at least doesn't mind than why not?

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post #36 of 46 Old 10-21-2009, 07:38 PM
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The stallions I ride would be very put out if I didn't praise them when they do well. They expect it. I pat, rub, scratch.....I believe in having a rapport with your horse and letting them know when they have pleased you. Otherwise, how would they know? I will come off a dressage ride and pat a horse as soon as my salute is done....I will pat as soon as I am done on XC....I will reward as soon as a jumping course is done well. If I don't, the horse sulks and knows all didn't go well.
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post #37 of 46 Old 10-23-2009, 01:07 AM
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I don't see any issue with patting a horse unless you're actually smacking them, as mentioned. I've even been guilty of lightly patting cats xD

I usually do pet instead, but my horses don't seem to see any difference between me patting or petting them. They can tell that the energy I'm sending them is the same. If I want to tell my horses to do something, they will respond at the hint of a tap, because I'm usually sending them "time to get moving" energy..if that makes sense. They don't seem to get it confused or anything.
But I HATE when people just smack a horse-hard enough for it to actually feel bad, when they're patting him. I don't think I would let anyone do that to my horses.
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post #38 of 46 Old 10-23-2009, 01:56 AM
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I pat my horses and see absolutely nothing wrong with it... think about it... a pat does not hurt... its like a baseball or football player getting a pat on the butt for doing a good job... After my horses make a great run i pat them on the neck or the back and they love it... It seems that you non-patters are looking at it as its a strike and not a tap... some people strike their horses a little too hard... but let me ask you this... those of you who don't pat.. do you kick your horses when you want them to go? What is the difference there?

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post #39 of 46 Old 10-23-2009, 04:18 AM
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Do you people who don't pat or otherwise reward your horses smack them when they don't do things well? Do you hit them for refusing a jump? I get better results by praising the good acts than punishing the bad. I would rather have a horse do something because he wants to please me that do it because he is afraid of the consequences. Just my training method. I VERY rarely hit a horse as punishment. In all honesty, I'm rarely given a reason.
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Do you people who don't pat or otherwise reward your horses smack them when they don't do things well? Do you hit them for refusing a jump? I get better results by praising the good acts than punishing the bad. I would rather have a horse do something because he wants to please me that do it because he is afraid of the consequences. Just my training method. I VERY rarely hit a horse as punishment. In all honesty, I'm rarely given a reason.
what they're saying isn't that they don't pet their horses, they're saying that they don't pat them as in lightly tapping rather than stroking or petting.
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