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post #611 of 1323 Old 11-05-2015, 08:31 PM Thread Starter
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Oh bother. She can just deal with it. If she wants to eat she can stand to be groomed.
Actually one member mentioned to me that I should teach my mare to allow people to come up to her while she is eating hay. I can do it but for one she needs to see a halter in my hand knowing Im approaching her to catch her and 2) I need to do it from her shoulder and need to approach slowly or she will swing her butt around to me and quite aggresively.

What I was suggested was to bring a bucket of food to the round pen and a carrot stick as well. Put the food in front of me and when she tries to get near it, immediately back her up. Keep doing it until she stands quietly or submits then bring the food to her.

Apparently from what I was told is that it teaches her that when I approach her when shes eating hay, she needs to be respectful and if I was to ever pick up her hay and move it to another spot, she cant eat until shes good and behaved.

This is actually something im wanting to work with her right away.
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enh817,

If Im correct, you mentioned that I should only be working one thing at a time with her right? So because Im still doing the word associating with her "good" means reward, (still not confident she has caught on just yet), and say I start doing the food in the bucket in the roundpen excersize either on the same days (one after the other) or do one on one day and the other on the following day. Is this too much information for her to take in?

I dont want to be doing too much at one time or too much too fast. For me, its all about the end result and as long as I can get her to reach where I want her to be thats all that matters. For instance, the unhaltering issue where she used to fuss is a prime example of me gaining a lot of confidence from it and her accomplishing what i asked of her.
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Yes but remember she has 24 hours of the day to spend with her herd.
1. I am not unaware of that fact, I am a horseperson after all.

2. Horses benefit from time spent with their herd. The more time the better and since she's been previously away from her herd due to the BO having some sort of schedule with her, even if you can't make it out spending time with the herd will be good for her.

That's the whole reason I posted. If you don't want help, then stop bringing things in the first place.
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You have had her for several months and still seem to have trouble with leading/grooming/touching. You have stated that other people don't have the same problems. I think just working on one thing at a time is just as important for you as for your mare. Trying to do so many things so many different ways is just adding up to your being inconsistent and not "getting it" and her being confused and annoyed.
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1. I am not unaware of that fact, I am a horseperson after all.

2. Horses benefit from time spent with their herd. The more time the better and since she's been previously away from her herd due to the BO having some sort of schedule with her, even if you can't make it out spending time with the herd will be good for her.

That's the whole reason I posted. If you don't want help, then stop bringing things in the first place.
Thats why I felt tonight was good to not see her and perhaps tomorrow night I wont go out either. Like someone on here suggested, give her a couple days of being in the herd to get more comfortable with her new mates.

I never said I dont want help. What made you think that?
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You have had her for several months and still seem to have trouble with leading/grooming/touching. You have stated that other people don't have the same problems. I think just working on one thing at a time is just as important for you as for your mare. Trying to do so many things so many different ways is just adding up to your being inconsistent and not "getting it" and her being confused and annoyed.
Not grooming or touching, just leading away from me.

Touching shes gotten pretty good. I just let her sniff and investigate objects first with her nose before putting it on her (sponges, bucket of water, fly spray, etc). She feels more comfortable with being able to see what it is first before just putting it on her.

For intance cleaning her bite on her butt. She wouldnt like if i were to just splash water right on it. So I let her see and sniff the bucket of water and sponge first, then I run my hand from her front to her HQ and rub and scratch there and then around the area for a few secs. Then I get the sponge and just let her feel the water around the bite before squeezing the water rihgt onto the bite.

The past couple days she kept moving her HQ back and fourth away from it. So I then told her to stand and when I squeezed the water onto the bite and she didnt move throughout. I say good and gave her a carrot.
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You said she doesn't like you to pet her nose. That is touching. You said she wouldn't want to be groomed when she is eating.

It seems to me that when you are offered suggestions, every sentence is pulled apart and argued with. It seems there are a very few to whom you listen at all. If other suggestions don't sit well with you, maybe you should PM those you will listen to instead of posting and getting lots of answers you don't like.
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You said she doesn't like you to pet her nose. That is touching. You said she wouldn't want to be groomed when she is eating.

It seems to me that when you are offered suggestions, every sentence is pulled apart and argued with. It seems there are a very few to whom you listen at all. If other suggestions don't sit well with you, maybe you should PM those you will listen to instead of posting and getting lots of answers you don't like.
Its not that I dont like the answers and Im not trying to argue with anyone. But Im just being honest - for example she wont like being groomed while eating, but this is something I would eventually love to address with her.

As for her being pet on her nose. Well its not that out of the ordinary for horses to not like being pet on their face a lot.
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The horses are feed strictly out in the pasture? Hay and grain?

The answers to that would make me answer on way or another regarding her being groomed while eating.
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Hoof pic, you need to come down and be around my horses.....they ALL allow me to do ANYTHING, at ANYTIME, because I SAY SO. If I want to clean feet while they eat, that is what we do. They like to be groomed while they eat, even the 2 month old filly. If I decide time is short, I take them away from food, get what I need to do done, then they can go back to eating. But do you see, it is all at MY SAY SO.
If they do not like it, tough, they do not get a vote. They will get over it. They will NOT threaten me, and have me give in.
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