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post #31 of 36 Old 01-26-2015, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkInEncinitas View Post
Sigh. I just discussed this with her and the owner's strategy for dealing with this is to have the feeders timidly slide his food under the fence rather than fixing his behavior once and for all. Imo this is just going to escalate him into a truly dangerous horse and she's going to have no choice but to have him pts.

I can't help but think this is all going to end badly.

unfortunately, it may be the way it has to be done. if a submissive person tries to discipline the horse without enough convincing, the horse learns that he can power through that level of pressure. he then knows how to use even greater pressure, and it takes that much more to make him stand down.

dealling with aggressive horses incorrectly is worse than not dealing with them at all.
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post #32 of 36 Old 01-26-2015, 04:44 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkInEncinitas View Post
Unfortunately the net effect of everyone's responses is convince me I can't work safely at this rescue any longer. If I had beaned the horse with the bucket I almost certainly would be asked not to return by the owner. I have no control over the other volunteers behavior. I can't even get them to coil a hose or return a muck rake when they are finished.

The owner already resents some of my efforts to improve things. She scoffs at me coiling hoses and sweeping the barn. He danger of She scoffed initially when I went to rinse feed buckets out at the end of each shift. I think I've learned what good I can learn here and it makes no sense to put my life in danger for this place.

Thanks for everyone's responses.
I'm glad that you can see the danger of continuing there. I would advise against leaving on a sour note. Simply thank the barn owner for the experience and lessons, State that your own needs and aspirations require you to move on. Hopefully you can find another place to volunteer that works out for you. If so, you may find a good reference from the current barn owner helpful.

I have enjoyed reading of your adventures here. Please keep us up to date as you continue your journey through the world of horses.
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post #33 of 36 Old 01-26-2015, 05:31 PM
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Originally Posted by Dreamcatcher Arabians View Post
, she's made it clear that your safety is not her primary concern.
THAT is what I'd be telling the owner
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post #34 of 36 Old 01-31-2015, 11:59 AM Thread Starter
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Small update.

Well I've left one of the rescues. Not the one where the horse kicked at me but the one where I was being told absurd things about horses. I've been back to the other one once but didn't get a chance to speak with the owner. All I did was muck and go as I had other activities scheduled that day. I do have a shift tonight and will speak with her but I don't expect anything to change. If I stay I'll just let her deal with that horse however she wants to. I'm not going to slide food under the fence and run away.

Better news is that I contacted one of the barns suggested by PeppersMama and will be visiting there next week to see about starting as a volunteer. They are a much more serious organization focused on rehabilitating and re-homing horses and seem to be associated with an excellent trainer.

So things are heading in the right direction. Thank you PM for the great suggestions.
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post #35 of 36 Old 02-01-2015, 02:53 PM
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Mark if it's HiCaliber you're in luck, those are some great people and they have a GREAT sense of humor to boot!
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post #36 of 36 Old 02-05-2015, 07:05 AM
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My 16.2 Thoroughbred likes to pace the fence at dinner time, I just ignore him and continue to mix his feed. When I get into the paddock he likes to walk beside me which I allow as long as he doesn't try to snatch or walk in front of me if he snatches he gets a whack to the face and if he walks in font of me I make him move his butt over until he is facing me in the correct manner. When I put the feed bucket down he has to wait 5-10 seconds standing still before he is allowed to have his feed otherwise he has to back up and start all over again.

My trainer also gave me this advice to train my horse is to halter him and put the feed down and stand in front of it and make the horse move on step at a time towards the feed bucket and if they rushed towards it then make them back up and start again.
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