In 10 more years you MIGHT be able to say you have been around alot of horses. By a lot I mean more than 100 DIFFERENT horses in your care with the purpose of training them. If your avatar is any indication you're a ways from being there yet.hahaha trust me i have been around a lot of horses, and i dont think most get any more dangerous than mine was. She kicked, reared, and would bite when i got her and now she does not of that because i trained her correctly.
Excellent post Kevin. I agree completely and also demand/expect my horse respect my space.When my horse buys my feed it can have its own space but until then I own it. I can touch that horse at any time and can stand as close to the horse as I want to. The horse however can only stand as close to me as I want and can only touch me when I choose. Why?? Because the horse wieghs 1200lbs and can cause great pain simply by placing a well shod hoof on my big toe. The same is not true the other way around. I don't get carried away correcting a horse out of my space. I try to use the way they moved into my space as a guide to how much force to use to get them out of my space. If the horse just kind of drifted into my space I won't get too excited and just kind of wake them up and move them away but if a horse actively sought to push on me or step on me then I would actively seek to make them get the hell back where they belong. Not every scenario calls for a lot of force.
umm... i have actually worked with more than 100 different horses... Umm 1st off that was very rude of you to say 2nd of that picture was taken a long time ago 3rd off that horse was ottb with 4 months of jumping training on him and right after this jump took off at a dead gallop bucking so pardon me for my position being a bit defensive. All i can show is the work i have done with other people horses and mine. I believe that my horse is my friend and that we share a bond and a partnership. After 4 month of owning my current horse she will do anything for me. I know how my horse is thinking and if she is okay or not. I guess i have a deep connection with horses most people wont understand and i know that treating a horse that way is absurd. You will never have a RELATIONSHIP with your horse if you treat them that way.
It says on your user page that you have been riding english for only 7 years and the picture and the way you write makes you appear quite young. That is all I meant by my comment about your avatar. I have no idea if you are showing good position in the picture or not. I have been handling young and troubled horses for almost 20 years and I have not been seriously hurt by a horse on the ground EVER. The reason for that is I start correcting the horse before it even starts to get dangerous. You can do what you want.umm... i have actually worked with more than 100 different horses... Umm 1st off that was very rude of you to say 2nd of that picture was taken a long time ago 3rd off that horse was ottb with 4 months of jumping training on him and right after this jump took off at a dead gallop bucking so pardon me for my position being a bit defensive.