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May 12

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Spoilt Horse

Hi everyone

I have recently got a horse on loan who is six and never done anything other than ride around his old owners farm. I have 18 months with him before I go to Uni so he's basically my project until then. Having visited him at his old home, I know he isn't doing this just with me he does it with everyone. His old owners weren't very experienced and he is used to getting his own way so acts a bit like a spoilt child. Unfortunately, he has been lame (finally is sound for the first time *fingers crossed*) so I'm not allowed to ride him for another 3 weeks and I have been walking him out in hand. I need him to give me some space and not nip me when my back is turned or nap or barge me. He is a very sweet natured horse and will be amazing once he has learnt a few manners. I am obviously very firm with him and carry whip when out walking, but I was wondering if anyone had any tips? Thank you!


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Sep 08

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highlander says:

Re: Spoilt Horse

I'd go back and look at equine behaviour before carrying a whip as chances are you need to work with him on a horsey level. Go back to the school and teach him to understand personal space and those anners you say he needs. We can not expect animals to know things we do not teach.

Loads of constant ground work with consistant rules, if he walks into you you make him step back. move him side to side, take the poles out and stop him in walk over a pole and get him moving about reactively. you will also need to show him the world so he maybe spooky.

It has been calculated thay any two thoroughbreds picked at random will on average have more than 13% of their genes in common.

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