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post #31 of 32 Old 11-27-2014, 02:23 PM
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When a horse pins his ears at me, the first thing I do is GET BIG. Stand up straight, shoulders back and look directly at him. Challenge him for that right away. If he doesn't immediately put his ears forward like he's saying, "What? Did she just get big and challenge me?", then I go in carefully, but I walk directly at him. Then I back him up to the back of the stall, without touching him because in horsey language that's dominant behaviour. I would have halter & lead rope in my hands and as soon as he's backed up, I'd put my left hand, with halter to the side of his face around the cheek area, and push his face away from me and hold it there. With my right hand, I'd toss the rope around his neck and then I'd put the halter on him, watching his mouth the whole time. Set him up for failure (fails to bite) right from the beginning by setting yourself up for success (doesn't get bit). Once he's haltered, then you lead him out of his stall and take him to the cross ties or the hitching rail or where ever you can groom and tack him up. Watch him every minute, and if he swings his head toward you say, "NO" firmly and push his head away. Don't let him even open his mouth around you, push him away and say, "No". The idea is, never give him the chance and eventually he will probably give up.

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post #32 of 32 Old 11-27-2014, 04:23 PM
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the other alternative if you are grooming and you have a metle curry comb just hold it near you and if he goes to bite hold the brush there and he will in theary bite him self as he has done it in his own actions.
you can not let horses getaway with that type of behaviour in the stable.
i want respect from my horses and i respect them.
i have educated mine so if a child would enter the box the child will be safe and come to no harm its druming it into them and the trouble with school horses every body and any body has axcess to the horses diferent cliants to use the school horse.
if one person cant respect the horse or is digruntled and takes it out on the horse the horse in turn will take it out on you and every body ealse and thinks being hit ect is the norm and the horse will get defenceive.
thats why you find horses that are privateley owned and treated with respect dont have problems.
it goes both ways.
its flight or fight but the horse is in his own space so its got no other options unless its ironed out.
you get the frendley nips doing the girth up that happens some times.
the other alternative it to get the horse out or cross tie as recomended or put a muzle on the horse.
i had that problem with tricky he would attack children he was visious i think that was the fight as i think kids beat him quite bad when he was a foal.
thay dont for get.
he bit my frends grandchild on the head and when the grand kids were out he was muzzled.
the other time i was on a livery yard and there was a child he was a right little devle he would wind tricky up to high heaven his mom would tend to the foal thay had there and her mare i warned the mom and her son and it fell on death ears.
untill the fatefull day came he went by the door with a stick and tricky lunged at him and tryed to drag him over the stable door by his hair. it was lucky i was there and prevented a major incedent.
the mom flew at me and i told her to keep her kid under controle i have warned you and your son to stop winding him up.
i am proud to say after lots of time and hard work i have got a great pony that likes children now and is 100% trust worthy a woman came up with a child in a pram and he made a fuss of the child i was overjoyed.
the other thing i found out that he would make a loud sniffing sound i did it back and he went on the defencive that was before he was ironed out it takes time for old habbits to die out or to be eradicated.
all my horses have impecable manners and i would not have them any other way.
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