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post #51 of 56 Old 10-31-2015, 11:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Aurora5858 View Post
No no no no. You never slap a horse in the face ever unless they are actually coming at you ears pinned going to bite you. Then my first reaction is a slap in the face. Preferably a elbow if anything so they do t get all flinchy if someone gets near their head. That was totally wrong. I wouldn't rat her out but know I'm your mind to never do that to a horse.
It is not so much 'rat her out' as to assert to the BO that this person is no long welcome assisting. Prevent any misunderstanding and further bad feelings. If the BO knows then she won't (shouldn't) send this girl to do anything with this horse.

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post #52 of 56 Old 11-02-2015, 02:42 PM
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I don't think a horse should EVER be hit in the face aggressively! I hope you told the yard manager and got it sorted out. She is the one that should leave, not you!!
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post #53 of 56 Old 11-02-2015, 03:28 PM
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Normal discipline for any animal does not involve slapping or hitting the face. ONLY KNOWN BITERS who strike out at you deserve this, and then it's your safety at risk.
She would have done better to smack him hard on the chest or even on the neck, and say, "no", which would have made him back up.
If horses at this barn are constantly being fed treats, the barn members are creating a real problem. Horses are smart and if you drop an apple in front of them, they will look to you to get the next one because they realize that it is was you who gave it to them. You don't need to put your fingers close to the horse's mouth. They can make mistakes with their teeth and YOU are the one with the permanent injury.
When a horse become headshy of your hand, haltering and bridling become impossible.

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post #54 of 56 Old 11-03-2015, 10:22 PM
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I haven't read through what others posters have said but I'm sure you've heard from many that slapping in the second bridling situation wa uncalled for. I even think slapping because the horse reached out was somewhat uncalled for, if this girl gives the horse treats by hand of course he's going to expect her to give him a treat. I only treat after my horse has done something, sadly many others at my barn give him treats when he's standing outside doing nothing so now he expects it from some of them.

In the past my horse was nippy with hands, I asked that no one gave him anything by hand, only in his bucket, it soon solved his nipping. Now if he reaches towards me for treats I hold my hands Palm up towards him to show him there's no treats, he soon gets the message and leaves me alone. He was Incredibly head shy when I got him because his previous owner used to hit him around the head to correct him. It made him a nightmare to work with because even after I'd had him a while if I moved to quickly near his face he'd react with fear, he fractured my jaw once while I was reaching up to put his halter on and he panicked thinking I was going to hit him. Even after this I don't hit him in the face, 10 years later and he can still get funny about people, moving to fast near his head.

I would learn to bridle the horse myself, If you're nervous about getting it wrong have someone take a quick look after the bridle is in to make sure it's right. You have to learn some time, why not now? Also I'd ask the BO to tell the staff/ teens to stop giving your horse treats by hand and to put them in his bucket if they really want to give him stuff, he's your horse, what you say goes.
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post #55 of 56 Old 11-03-2015, 11:40 PM
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I feel bad because I can't say I've never slapped a horse in the mouth. I can't remember which horse it was, but I did remember that it was instinctive, defensive, and I didn't really mean to connect, just wave the horse off. I think I surprised both of us. I don't make a habit of slapping on the face. My problem with this story is that it sounds like this girl IS in the habit of slapping in the face. Add my vote to the chorus of "that's not good."

As for bridling, get the bit up to his lips and hold there. Eventually he'll get tired of it touching his lips and open his mouth to take it without fuss. You mentioned he was well trained. If he does this, you shouldn't need to worry about hurting him. Sometimes the best answer is to wait the horse out.

Good luck.
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post #56 of 56 Old 11-04-2015, 12:01 AM
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Other posters have given you great advice and explained that the slapping w/ regards to bridling is not normal and not helpful.

I just wanted to say I think it is great that you have started off in your riding/horse ownership with a well trained horse with a good temperament and trainer supervision and lessons! You are already so many steps ahead of many other new riders just by making these decisions. To me, this shows you are a thoughtful and considerate horse owner who really does want to learn - meaning that with the help of your kind horse and trainer you will get it all figured out in good time :)
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