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post #21 of 22 Old 12-17-2014, 01:23 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkInEncinitas View Post

We had just finished the shift work at the rescue ranch today and were down in the arena watching the geldings and chatting.

The boys came up to us to get attention and scratches, which is fine. We were done and I enjoy petting the horses.

So I'm scratching Johnny, who's very mouthy, he's enjoying it and in typical Johnny fashion takes a nip at me. He immediately gets a smack on the nose and a NO! I let him mull on that a few moments and go back to scratching him.

He got the message about the biting but he then went into this game where he tried to bull me over with his head. We were still playing but he wanted to make me move my feet. That he didn't get. I stood my ground, caught him in an off balance moment and with a small shove made him move his forelegs (disengaged his shoulder might be the term).

After I made him move he lost interest in the game and wandered off.

I'm wondering if I handled this correctly. I initiated the scratching so it was ok that he was in my space and I won the dominance game so I don't think I trained him to think he can just bull me over. I don't want to initiate playtime and then correct him for playing along.

Perfect. You think like a horse.
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post #22 of 22 Old 12-18-2014, 11:31 PM
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Originally Posted by MarkInEncinitas View Post
Final update -

Today I went to clean the guys mat and both immediately exited the mat and Gino waited patiently. Johnny came to investigate which was ok until he was in my way and then a prod in the shoulder and a "Johnny you're in my way" sent him out of the little pen where the rain shelter is, all the way to the other side of the big adjoining pen where he stood waiting until I motioned it was ok to come back.


Plenty of time for loves and scratches once safety and dominance have been established. As you can see Johnny doesn't think any less of you and is being perfectly respectful and you're both on better ground.
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