I have a horse who has not had any experience with anything and I try to pet her muzzle and she throw her head and looks away. :-(
Ok, if the horse doesn't like being touched somewhere, then it is pestering....ok....I agree with Palomine. Yes you should be able to handle her mouth *if you need to* and should work on that in a training capacity. But she doesn't like it and you should also respect that. Don't pester her.
I agree with you. I didn't say we need to do whatever the horse wants. The horse should be able to be touched anywhere at any time. I'm simply saying that respect is mutual. If the horse doesn't like it's face touched, by all means get it used to having its faced touched and be able to handle it... and then leave it alone. There is no need to push the buttons, *for no reason*. Training needs to happen, safe handling needs to happen, pestering does not.Ok, if the horse doesn't like being touched somewhere, then it is pestering....ok....
my horse did not want a saddle on her until I worked with her....so am I pestering her when I ride? Should I stop saddling her....Hell No. The horse is a subordinate animal, I will do what I want, when I want as long as I want or she is going to work her butt off. I really don't care if I am pestering or bugging her. She either accepts it or works hard, or goes to one of the auctions that I don't care who buys her. Touchy feely attitudes with horses equals poor mannered critters that I WILL NOT TIPTOE AROUND. I spend top dollar for feed, I use the best shoer I can find, I don't hesitate to call a vet if needed, get a second opinion on training if I am unsure, but I will not tolerate a 1200 lb animal telling me what I can or cant do.
I think the key word here is pet. Usually, when I think of petting, I think of a horse that is free to move into or away from touch. That to me is different from handling, where we train the horse to stand still and calm and accept our touch for the purposes of grooming, tacking, and directing from the ground and the saddle.I have a horse who has not had any experience with anything and I try to pet her muzzle and she throw her head and looks away. :-(