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The “bubble” controversy..

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I don’t know if I put this in the right sub, mods please move it if it’s not!

Recently was talking to someone about the “bubble” for horses, they said how horses should at all times stay out of your “bubble”..and I was curious how many people go by this?

my gelding has itchies, he likes too rub on me gently until I find the spot to get his itchies. He loves his ears scratched, always something he’s loved since I bought him….this person said that’s unacceptable because he’s “breaking my bubble” and it shows that the horse has lack of respect for you..what.

I don’t know how true that is, I see a big difference from like actually pushing and shoving you to just asking for itchies.

I rode this one mare who actually pushed and shoved you with all her strength and it hurt, my gelding did this once when he was anxious and I corrected it but he hasn’t ever done this since.. other then that he’s really gentle and I don’t see him wanting itchies as a respect issue.
sometimes after a ride he’ll get all impatient from the itchies and being sweaty, so he’ll really scratch against me but I usually push him away and then get his itchies with a brush.

My opinion is you can still have respect and still love on them.. or no?

what do you all go by? Do y’all go by the bubble or let your horses rub on you?

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when working with a horse I don't know well I like to maintain my bubble and establish ground rules.
with my own horses I make it clear that they have to respect my space and am consistent with this until they are clear and understand it. As we live together and progress with our relationship things can change as I know and trust the horse and allow them to move closer to me and we can both relax with each other and if the horse moves over and nudges me I allow it as I know it won't go any further, often they are just trying to get my attention and I listen to them.
If you know your horse well you can really communicate with them.
 

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My niece's horse just LOVES to have his ears and forehead rubbed, if you happen to stop outside his stall for a minute, you will feel a light nudge on your shoulder, there he is asking for an ear rub. You just can't say no to him as he loves it so much but I guess we are making a habit but he does know when to stop when it is time to work or do something.
It is just that he is such a people person, will even stop to chat when turned out and heading for the pasture.
 
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