Join Date: May 2013
Location: Central Florida
• Horses: 0
You are most likely correct in that he views being haltered by you = him having to work, and you are definitely on the right track to make sure that some of the time being haltered means no work. That's called making deposits in the relationship bank..lol...or 'undemanding time'. Here's some ideas for undemanding time:
put the halter on (in the stall), give his withers a nice scratch or two, maybe give him a small treat if you sometimes treat him, take the halter off and leave the stall. That will blow his mind,,,in a nice way.
taking him to the pasture to graze (your idea) is also a good one
If you have a roundpen or paddock, let him loose (take off halter & lead) , you stand---or sit if a barrel/mounting block/etc is available, and just hang out with him. If he approaches you , let him sniff you, and maybe give him some petting,but otherwise don't ask anything of him until you're ready to end that session.
You need to learn how to yield his hindquarters by just looking at them. This needs to be taught in a roundpen or paddock. Once it is solid, all you will have to do is look at his rump to get him to face you, with an occasional reminder by tapping it. Parelli, Anderson, Cox all teach this , or any good trainer in your area should be able to help you with it. ALWAYS make sure you are far enough away to be out of the kick zone.That's why those 'handy sticks' work so well, they allow you to be able to touch the horse from 10 feet away (4 ft stick with 6 ft string), and I think 6ft is the average kick zone.
As already said, his turning his rump to you is him being disrespectful--not in a human way of thinking-just that he doesnt view you as higher than him in the herd heirarchy. You most definitely want to be the alpha horse in your herd of two. And, yes he is ticking up a talley of every time he 'one-ups' you that might one day add up to the point of him deciding to kick.
Your problem actually isnt very unusual...lol....unless the horse wants OUT of the stall,,,any horse that doesnt see the human entering the stall as a leader, ie alpha to him, is very likely to turn his rump to the human.
Have fun.Stay safe.
Be as soft as possible, but as firm as necessary--Pat Parelli