Originally Posted by Skyseternalangel View Post
I just want to reiterate, that horsemanship is not beating down a horse, being rude to a horse, spanking a horse, smacking a horse, being rough with a horse.
Im not one for smacking or whipping a horse but I felt last night called for it. Mind you, I didnt start using the end of the lead as a whip and whipped her HQ a couple times until the 2nd time I lunged her (which was not recorded). Im really trying to put a stop to her biting. She pretty much tries it every day now and has been for the past week.
THis is the exact same situation as when I first got her, she would always turn her butt to me, daily, numerous times a day. She not only did it to me but everyone, the barn helper, my trainers. The first time my previous trainer met her, she kicked out at him. Thats how she greeted him.
It wasnt until I started carrying my 4ft lung whip with me to her paddock all the time and always had it in my hand that started to get her attention cause she knew she was going to be punished for it. When she turned her butt, I would immediately whip her HQ and hard. She didnt like it.
So the next day, she would immediately turn her butt to me, but this time she would immediately take off so i couldnt get her with the whip. It was all a game to her, you see. And you bet with the biting, this is all a gamer to her now.
It all changed and her butt turning to me completely went away when I started working with a new trainer and introduced her to the roundpen. She has never been in one and didnt like being in it. Not a reg size one but a small one, really small, so she couldnt get away as easy and pressure was built up a lot quicker and immensely in.
I dont want to have to roundpen her again, and I feel i shouldnt have to. Roundpenning should be a one or two time thing, not a thing done on an ongoing basis.
Horses sometimes need more ENERGY, which is where the swinging rope, and whip come in. You aren't beating them into submission, you are pushing them to move their feet, and backing down when they give you what you want.
My horse needs a bit more pressure from me than others because she will try to get out of work. You will see in the video Im posting right now where if I dont keep constant pressure on her (in this case swinging of the lead) she will stop on the line and face me. This is a big no. So this is why in the 2nd time lunging her last night, I didnt swing the lead like you see in the video Im showing but I used it as a whip and constantly whipped the ground. I had pressure on her for the entire time lunging her (must have been at least 5 solid minutes) And I didnt release the pressure until we stopped.
She was scared alright because i was going bezerk and there was no release of pressure on her, while she was super tight on the line.