who said/thought/ implied they were dogs ?
You did sweetie, how you typed this out totally came across as that in my mind:
you want your horse to repect the fact that if you stand them somewhere they stand. and if you are around their legs they dont move them !
Sorry, but horses are not dogs.
You teach a dog to sit and stay, as long as you want until you give the sign for them to move. They will comply happily. You teach a dog to lay down and stay put, until again, you give them the command to come - they will comply. You teach a dog to sit pretty and not move a muscle while you balance a cookie on their nose, they will comply.
A horse, you cannot, nor will not teach to not move a muscle while you work around their legs. Absolutely rediculous to even conceive. Again, horses are not dogs.
You cannot expect your horse to stand still everytime you expect him to and how unfair for anyone to demand that out of their horse.
I can see pacing or pawing in cross ties or while you are trying to tack him up or mount - but standing perfectly still while you work with his legs - absolutely perposterous.
horses are happy with clear boundries, even if some people thinks its too harsh, clear boundries are key. it would be one thing if you let him itch all the time & then bam flip **** on him once. but if thats a rule you have with him hes gotta do it
Sorry, I disagree. How ignorant to say that your horse isn't allowed to scratch when he is itchy.
How would you feel if you weren't permitted to scratch an annoying itch, or aren't allowed to swipe at a pesty biting fly on your arm or neck? Wow........
When I lead my horse from pasture to the barn, if he has to reach back and bite at a fly, damned right's I will permit him to do so. If he has to scratch or kick at a bug bothering him, damned right's he will be allowed to do so.
I do not control him to that limit.
My horse is not allowed to bite. Not allowed to pin his ears back at me, my horse is not allowed to turn his butt to me, nor kick or swipe at me. It is not acceptable if he bolts, rears, bucks.
I show respect for my horse, and he shows respect for me. I work with issues patiently, quietly and persistantly.
I never hit him, nor will. Trust me, I had a hand full when I got him 2 years ago, but we worked through it together through patience, respect and consistancy and time.
I guess my boundaries aren't as strict as some.
Patience with your horse in you fosters patience for you in them... if that makes sense. He'll learn.