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post #41 of 46 Old 10-23-2009, 05:35 AM
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Petting or patting.....what's the real difference? I'm certainly not talking about hitting so hard the horse flinches. It sounds like we are stumbling on semantics, here.
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post #42 of 46 Old 10-23-2009, 06:16 AM
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i pat paulie on the neck when he does something i ask of him while i'm riding. since i have only had him a few months, we are learning all our basic steps together so if i can get a trot or lope out of him, i praise the heck out of him and pat and rub his neck. almost everyone at my barn does the same thing with their horses.

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post #43 of 46 Old 10-23-2009, 08:52 AM
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I've always patted my horses. Stroked, scratched, tickled, rubbed and patted. They have always known the difference between something I've rewarded them for and something they have done wrong, or something I'm asking them to do. It's all in the training I guess.
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post #44 of 46 Old 10-23-2009, 02:36 PM
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I pat, but always very softly - they have such sensitive skin in comparison to ours that I don't want them to feel like I'm hitting them (have you ever had a friend give you a pat on the back or a high five, and they do it just a little too hard, and it hurts but you won't say anything about it? That's what I'm trying to avoid).

Generally though, I will stroke or scratch or rub - I don't do a lot of patting. And when I'm teaching people how to handle horses, I tell them not to pat.
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post #45 of 46 Old 10-23-2009, 02:42 PM
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horses are alot more like dogs then you think. they are trained in exactly the same way. its kind of like despooking a horse, you teach them to be ok with it. sure, im not going to wave MY umbrella around, but SOMEONE might at a show, and not know any better. sometimes people are at the barn when you're not around.... if your horse dosent accept it, there could be an accident.
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post #46 of 46 Old 10-23-2009, 04:01 PM
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I also pat. I don't see the problem with it. My horses know the difference between a "good job" pat and a yield from pressure aid in the rear. The motions are different, my body language changes, and I always use a vocal command, either "good girl," or "OVER!"

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