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post #1 of 10 Old 01-21-2015, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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a thank you

To all you real horse people on here dispensing honest and valuable knowledge and advice. If it weren't for you all I'd be stuck taking what I hear at the rescues I work at as gospel when in general it's bullsh*t.

Today's two tidbits.

1) to get a horse to do what you want talk quietly to it and wait patiently. If it doesn't, give up and try again a bit later. (this from a woman who regularly lets herself get pinned into a pen corner because "I don't believe in being mean")

2) Never ever move a horse you are haltering, not even one step, because it will confuse them. (this because i made one of the ponies back up a step to get his nose off the rail)
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post #2 of 10 Old 01-21-2015, 03:13 PM
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Things like that are why rescues lose good volunteers/workers.
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post #3 of 10 Old 01-21-2015, 03:19 PM
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Good thing not all rescues are run by idiots..........
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post #4 of 10 Old 01-21-2015, 03:22 PM
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I know I quit working at rescues because I got tired of being bit, scratched, stomped on and told to just 'take it'. I work with rescues that I take in and NEVER have I had one worse for wear by me showing it what it can and can't do. Heck my gelding tried to kick me once when he was first rescued and after a quick and fair CTJ meeting he never did it again. He's a happy, pampered little horse now and follows me around like a dog.

Big difference between abuse and self defense imho

Now I find a good one once in a blue moon that I can work for.
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post #5 of 10 Old 01-21-2015, 03:28 PM
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"Love" without rules is not a kindness but another form of abuse IMO.

“You spend your whole life with horses and just about the time you think you have them figured out, a horse comes along that tells you otherwise.” –quote from my very wizened trainer


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post #6 of 10 Old 01-21-2015, 03:46 PM
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1) to get a horse to do what you want talk quietly to it and wait patiently. If it doesn't, give up and try again a bit later.
oh noooooo!!!!!!! And you know, you just *know*, these devoted "rescuers" cannot figure out why they can't find homes for these animals.... ("Sure, he bites everyone who comes near and bucks off riders, but he was *abused* so it can never change...so just put up with it.")
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post #7 of 10 Old 01-21-2015, 04:24 PM
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"Love" without rules is not a kindness but another form of abuse IMO.
^^^^^^^This! This is possibly the best tidbit on all of Horse Forum!
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post #8 of 10 Old 01-21-2015, 06:23 PM
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Good thing not all rescues are run by idiots..........
Unfortunately it seems the general rule in these parts at least... with both horse rescuers & dog rescuers - seems it attracts certain types!

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"Love" without rules is not a kindness but another form of abuse IMO.
Yeah, you offer that kind & you're bound to be 'abused'!
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post #9 of 10 Old 01-21-2015, 08:07 PM
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Question Rescues ????

In my 50 years of being around horses, I've never heard of such awful horsemanship, and of at all places, rescues!! The only one I had experience with was the MSPCA and they seemed to know what they were doing, but I only visited for a short while. I hope that anyone who is new to horses will talk with others about methods, etc., when at an establishment that they are not sure of. Get second opinions!! and third!
And stay safe.
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post #10 of 10 Old 01-21-2015, 09:59 PM
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To all you real horse people on here dispensing honest and valuable knowledge and advice.
This - again, and again, and again, and again...

Thank you everyone!
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