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post #11 of 15 Old 12-16-2014, 10:00 PM
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The point is to keep other horses out of your space.

My mule was pastured in a "boy's club" pasture that scared the daylights out of me. They were always invading people's space and coming up to investigate.

My solution was to carry a lead rope with me over my shoulders and swing it above my head to move them out of my space. Not running them off, just MOVE AWAY FROM ME motions. I never hit them, but it was good to have something with me that I could use to defend my space. I would separate my gelding from the herd and walk him down to the gate. Other horses were not allowed to follow us, or run around near us.
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post #12 of 15 Old 12-16-2014, 10:13 PM
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Well, I think you did the best thing. I'm sure many people will disagree with me, but there are many times that if you're an area with 7 horses who decide it's play time and are running around rearing, kicking up their heels, and having a good old time near you, all the sticks and whips in the world are not going to help you be safe. As fast and agile as they are, you simply cannot keep your eye on/run them off/etc all of them with any degree of certainty. Undo the lead, let your horse go, make your way to safety, give them 10 minutes to get it out of their system, and start over. This does not mean you're a wimp or can't handle horses, and it doesn't mean that the horses are poorly trained or means that you're being smart.

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post #13 of 15 Old 12-16-2014, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks PaintHorseMares. I think that's what I needed to hear. Until you posted that I think I had been subconsciously worrying about the fact that had someone else not come to help I would have been a 'wimp' and would have just gotten outta there (maybe to return after they settled, or maybe to just come back tomorrow.) I think the ideas are all worth consideration but I'm not going to do anything to reclaim my space when I'm terrified and anxious.

Going to ride tomorrow night and will have my trainer with me, so we can discuss it then. I'm curious to see what she will say about how to handle it.
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post #14 of 15 Old 12-17-2014, 03:26 PM
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I would bring a lunge whip with me.
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post #15 of 15 Old 12-17-2014, 04:03 PM
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IMO it depends on body language. I go with meaning business and everybody leaves me alone. I have seen a friend go in and she must have shown fear as the horses where invading her space and being goofy like I have never seen them be.

Now, the crazy thing is that friend has that body language around kids. They adore her and are always well behaved. Me on the other hand? The total opposite. LOL

Don't bring in treats IMO its just asking for trouble.
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