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post #1 of 10 Old 06-16-2016, 02:50 PM Thread Starter
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I have recently bought my first Percheron Mare. She is absolutely the sweetest horse, and i feel that shes perfect since i'm learning.

She is just a bit nosey though. I'm trying to teach her to give me space and she defiantly tries to bombard me when i bring grain out. And because she is so big, it is intimidating for me and a few things I'm having issues with learning is the pressure. I tend to not release the halter as quick as i should when i try to apply the pressure. Along with feeling like i'm being to forceful when i yank on the halter. I have also been told i need to have a stern voice. So it seems i need to have more of a gentle touch & a stern voice.

I have had her a week now and even though her size does intimidate me sometimes, i would greatly appreciate some tips on how to apply pressure and what i can do to make sure i'm doing it correctly. She is extremely calm and loving, and i'd hate to ruin a good horse all because i am not aware of the techniques.

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Far as pressure, amount, there is no formula as to lbs of pressure to use, but rather the principle that you apply the least amount, to get the desired response, but also enough pressure to get the desired response.
Far as feeding, and a horse invading your space, make the horse wait to be invited in to eat, and never allow the horse to start crowding you, invading your space, acting possessive of food by pinning ears, ect. If the horse crowds you, make him back off. If you need to use a crop or lunge whip at first, so be it.
If you allow her to continue to invade your space while being fed, it can lead to serious and dangerous food aggression
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post #3 of 10 Old 06-16-2016, 03:18 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you so much for the feed back! I appreciate it!
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post #4 of 10 Old 06-16-2016, 03:18 PM
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My horse used to be really bad about trying to nose into whatever I was carrying whether or not it was food related. and she would also try and sniff me for treats and try and pull at my pockets if she thought there was something there. I started doing the "chicken dance" I would randomly flap my elbows like wings. and if she was close enough to get hit she got hit and would back off. she has since learned to keep out of my personal space.

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That sounds hilarious when i picture it in my head! :) But i love how your making your point across in a positive way! I will be trying that and seeing how it goes!
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Teach her to back up to command and to 'stand' to command
You can do that when she's on a lead rope and once she understand what it means you can ask her to back up when she's loose and starts to crowd you
I find it particularly useful at feed times if a horse is a bit too enthusiastic about its meals
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You can get a rope halter with nose knots and of a material that is going to make an impression when you correct her. That can come in handy when you are teaching respect for your space. Swift and with impact that says "NO" very forcefully along with a voice command (OFF or LEAVE IT) in the same fashion as a drill sargent. Unless you are trying to lead her with her grain in hand then preferably carry a crop and crack her across the chest with a sharp command of OFF or LEAVE IT as that will be the quickest way to get your point across than having to reach for her halter which puts too much time between infraction and correction. I'd also advise not trying to lead her with food in hand if that is the case. Drafts sweet though they may seem can both intentionally and unintentionally hurt you badly. Any horse can but the draft size means that they also have intimidation factor on their side. A firm no nonsense approach isn't mean or abusive. It doesn't mean you can't love on your horse just that there is a time and place and As another poster mentioned also teaching her to stand and back on command will help. That takes time though and you still need to feed her. Spend some time that is not at feeding to teach her her place in relation to yours. Inviting her in your space or to her food is a great way to think of it. An invitation and with that invitation come respect. Good luck with your mare. Pics please :)
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great advice from all good luck with your horse

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she is big and strong, and gentle. I love me those draft types! but, if a tiny bee stung her nose, she'd become as light as a feather in moving ! your finger tip can 'sting' her nose if she is pushing in on you . if she's close enough for you to sting her nose, she's too close. I 'crook' my fingers kind of like an old witch, then I sharply tap the hrose's nose. they will move away from that so fast you'd not believe it. a couple of times doing that, and all i have to do is crook my fingers and "air tap" at them next time if they've forgotten their manners.
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post #10 of 10 Old 06-23-2016, 05:55 PM
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Here is a video on giving treats, which isn't exactly what you're asking about, but it's something similar:

Teaching Your Horse Good Food Manners | CRK Horse Training Blog

and here's another one about dangers at feed time:
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