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post #1 of 7 Old 12-09-2014, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Horse stomping

Today when I was leading my horse around she started doing this stomping thing with her one front foot was she doing it cause she was mad trying to intimidate me or what and if it happens again what to do
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Without knowing a lot of other things and the situation it is difficult to say why a horse does what it does.

Think about what you were doing, was it something new, were there distractions, was it a bug, does she tend to get ****y etc. Are you intimidated by her?

If she does it again change what your doing and ask her to do something that will get her mind on what you want. They can only think about one thing at a time so if you distract her she should stop.

If you were asking her to do something and she did not understand then ask a different way. Situational awareness will answer your own questions a lot of the time.
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I'm not intimidated by her I'm just trying really hard to understand this whole horse training stuff the situation was I was leading her around in a field that I usually do and when we were coming back to the barn I stopped about 50 yards from the barn so a car could leave I never had her around a vehicle and didnt want it to freak her out and when I stopped she just started pawing the ground and I never saw her do that before the car wasnt even moving yet i just saw the lady getting in her car I firmly told her no and gave the lead line a little wiggle and she stopped just not sure what is the right thing to do if she does it again or even if it was a problem
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Sounds like she just did not want to stop and stand, and was being impatient. Giving her a correction was good, to let her know that is not acceptable.

It may have been a one time fluke if she has never done it before but you don't want it to become a habit. If she does it in the future you can back her up, then bring her forward again, send her in a circle, yield her fore or hind quarters. But the best thing would be prevention, the more she does it the more practice she gets the harder it will be to stop.

I would practice having her walk and stop and wait patiently. Move on before she starts to paw, if she will stand for three seconds move at two seconds and build from there.

Another thing you can do to teach patience is find a safe place to tie her and leave her tied for a couple of hours. She may paw and dance around but eventually she will stop, just don't intervene let her figure out for herself that pawing gets her nowhere.
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Agree with gss5. I think she was looking toward going back to the barn and progress was interrupted. The other thing I have noticed is they may paw like this to signal something happened, most likely a rock picked up in their foot, but in this case I think she was just saying "c'mon let's go". You missed an opportunity to expose her to cars in a very natural and worry free manner. Next time don't fret about what will happen if she sees something new, and use it as a training opportunity. Walk as you normally would and don't make a big deal over it. Especially on the way back to the barn when they are most brave. :)
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Many Hoofed prey animals stomp their feet as a form of communication with the herd. Some of the reasons behind stomping are;
1) proclaiming or announcing territory
2) During aggressive interactions to defend territories or mates
4) To indicate subordinance
5) To communicate danger of predators or sometime unfamiliar objects seem threatening.

Without seeing the behavior of your horse and what was happening in the surrounding environment it would be hard to provide accurate suggestion. It does sound like the car made the horse uneasy and she may have stomped to communicate danger.

To understand horse training you must first understand horse behavior.

Best of luck.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-10-2014, 07:10 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you guys
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