This works pretty well.... Archived Message
Posted by rachel8272 on 3/7/2007, 11:20 pm, in reply to "Re: still "nipping"............"
184.108.40.206 | Message modified by user rachel8272 3/7/2007, 11:25 pm
I had a particularly mouthy horse in for training a while back & he had no idea where the *ouch* on his nose came from since I wasn't standing by his head or taking a swing at him. A horse is a big strong creature... when horses communicate with each other sometimes the only lesson that leaves a lasting impression is a painful one. In SOME cases this is the only thing that gets through to them.... these are usually few & far between, but it does happen.|
edited to add: The aforementioned mouthy youngster was an extreme example of this... he was left on his dam till 18 months, gelded at 28 months, and was spoiled rotten. His people always just got out of HIS way, so he learned to push them around. He was a biter, striker, & kicker when he came in. He went home a reasonably respectful horse who will still test to see if he can be the dominant one, but will back down when you tell him NO & mean it. It took nearly 6 months to undo most of his 2+ yrs of rotten behaviour... these things don't happen overnight.