April 7th, 2013 1:50 PM | 1 Comment
I agreed to assist the owner in her training so she could better train her new horse, but once I realized and experienced for myself his aggressive behavior I became very concerned that she had made a mistake in purchasing this otherwise pretty horse. The first time I flexed his head to bond he tried to bite me so I immediately responded with a flick on the nose and driving him backwards with a ssshhhhhhh sound and stern look. I waited for his submission which didn’t come readily. As I began to lunge him I declared my space with the gelding, controlling his feet and each time he lunged at me got him more work on the lead line. I coached the owner on controlling his feet to invoke is natural instinct to recognize her as his herd leader and encouraged that “he’ll have a breakthrough, just stay consistent” was my advice.
Not all aggression is bad behavior, sometimes it is playful and we must recognize when a horse is telling us they want to play and we must allow them to.
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