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post #1 of 10 Old 03-20-2015, 04:23 PM Thread Starter
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Very satisfying

Brushing down one of the rescue ponies today in the ongoing quest to get rid of their winter coats.

At one point he just lets out this big sigh of total contentment and relaxation.

It's a great feeling being able to get these rescue horses so relaxed after some of the crap they've been through.
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post #2 of 10 Old 03-21-2015, 12:38 AM
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I know what you mean Mark. When we brought Cutter home as a very starved, unhandled 2 year old stud colt all our horses were lined up at the fence to check out the newcomer. I will swear to this day that when we opened the trailer door and he stood there looking at the other horses, he decided right then and there that he was going to do whatever it took to be just like them. That little guy has barely batted an eye at all he had to go through to become a beautiful, upstanding equine citizen. He came off that trailer and walked right to the corral, had to be deburred, deloused, halter trained, got the clippers used on him, learn to pick up his feet and be safe for the farrier and get gelded (after I was sure he was going to live). All that got accomplished in the very short time of 6 weeks. The only thing he did have trouble with was giving his back feet for more than a few seconds but he got there. 2 years later when he'd finally muscled up enough for saddle breaking he handled that like a champ too although he was not as relaxed at the trainer's place as he is here at home. There's not a day that goes by that I don't look at him and think about all those obstacles he came through and what a miracle horse he is.

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I don't work with rescues, but I had a satisfying day with X today, and when we finished the ride, and I was letting him go at the fence, even though he knew my carrots were all eaten, he just stood by me. he wanted ear rubs and all, and when I finished, he turned around and faced his butt at me. Now, I know many will say "never let him do this!". But, I knew his intention was not a threat, but suppication : "scratch my dock, please". He didnt' push in on my , just turn and wait. and I obliged, and then he left. everyone was happy.
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Tinyliny, once you get to know a horse you should know if it backing up for a butt scratch or a kick from their body language. I have no problem at all if mine ask for a butt scratch. It's nice when they want to get a little lovin' from their human.
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He was just really "there" today. really with me on the trail. you know when it's good, just as well as you know when it's bad.
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Hiya, yes Mark, it's an awesome feeling working with rescues when they're finally able to just trust & relax & enjoy human company, isn't it??

And yes, I'm another who will allow a horse to 'turn tail' on me, for a booty scratch but I will not encourage/allow/reinforce a horse backing into me for it ever. Have a couple of friends that allow this and IMO, doesn't matter that its not aggressive, but can still be dangerous with such a big animal, not to mention downright annoying if you don't want/aren't ready for it. Like allowing a horse to rub his head on you.

One of my friends who has allowed her horse to demand a bum scratch like this got 'love bumped' off a couple of steps recently, fell & busted her ankle & in the process startled her horse & nearly got kicked for her trouble too. Can't blame the horse or anyone but herself for that 'accident' IMO. What worries me is that she still doesn't see it as a problem & she lets her old mum & young kids deal with the horse and has also expressly forbade anyone to punish the horse for it!
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It's a very fine line sometimes deciding to correct certain behaviors or not. Grooming another gelding yesterday he decided to start laterally putting some weight on me. Ordinarily I'd interpret this as a dominance thing, him trying to get me to move my feet, but I understood that he just enjoyed the full contact during grooming.

The same goes for when any of them start lip grooming me back. I should discourage this and if they are sloppy about it or nip me I do, but some are so careful now to just use their lips that I let it go, or at worst gently move their head away. I hate correcting them for good intentions and while I do get lightly bitten from time to time and have to remind them no biting in general I can keep them mostly behaving w/o having to smack them.
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I love it when they make that sound.

It is almost as if they are releasing all of their worries because they don't need to hold on to them anymore; they are safe, content and ready to move on to better things. Love it!
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Tinyliny, once you get to know a horse you should know if it backing up for a butt scratch or a kick from their body language. I have no problem at all if mine ask for a butt scratch. It's nice when they want to get a little lovin' from their human.
Also, It's impossible for a horse to walk away from you without turning his butt toward you
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post #10 of 10 Old 03-21-2015, 02:40 PM
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I don't allow lip grooming. while the intention is good, they must enjoy doing it over there, to the air. it is just too easy for them, in the height of ecstasy, to bite you by accident.
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