Pushy Horse, Newbie Owner
Hey all :) I'm helping a friend who wants to get into horses. She plans to show in in-hand events like halter and showmanship (has no interest in riding). She bought a nice young horse who is very sweet and totally gorgeous, but it is very disrespectful to her.
This horse occasionally gets out of control on a lunge line, like blissful bucking fits (which I wouldn't think too hard about given the horse is a three year old and has excess energy, but since she's a beginner, it scares the crap out of her). The horse also does the usual pushy-disrespectful-horse things like walking to fast and dragging her along when he sees something he wants, not standing still, itching his head on her, flinging his head in the air, nibbling her hair, etc. My advice has always been to just give him a soft-but-firm smack on the nose or a shake of the leadline and some swift backing-up when he does something like that, but it hasn't seemed to work as well for her as it has for me.
When I work with the horse, it behaves really well after a few rounds on the lunge line, which makes me sure that it is a respect thing. I've coached her a little on horsemanship, etc (she doesn't do anything wrong like tug on the halter too hard or anything) I really just think this horse is smart-- it knows it can walk all over her because she doesn't know what she's doing. It's kind of discouraging her at the moment. I know normally I would tell someone like that to sell and get a more experienced horse, but since she has no interest in riding, I feel like this horse could be trained up nicely and be exactly what she wants if it just gained some respect for his owner.
I told her to watch some Clinton Anderson videos about gaining respect and control on the ground, because I think he breaks it down into simple steps that are easy to understand.
Anything else I should be doing to help?
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