Published on April 2, 2014
By Brenda Van Wyck
Description:The horse bolts away every time it sees a rope, halter, or anything you could catch it with Treatment: Don’t punish the horse once caught. Remove other horses from the resisting horse. Take time to train the resisting horse to like being caught by rewarding it after it is caught.
Description: Horse bites or nibbles at clothing, skin, hair, or boots. Treatment:When horse nibbles or bites, push muzzle away from you. If Horse continues, make touching you a punishment by tugging quickly on halter, or putting a wire brush over the area the horse likes to bite.
Description: Horse tucks leg into body and then launches into out behind its body. Treatment: Sometimes horses kick because they have flies on their stomach and they are trying to shake it off. Other times they are burning energy. In more serious cases they are disapproving of the situation and they kick to protect themselves and to warn whoever is causing the bad situation to stop.This is a dangerous task to remedy so professional help would be best to consider.Also, the use of a kicking chain could work.
#1 Can’t Catch:When you begin training your horse, observe it closely to determine whether it is okay or not okay with being caught. If your horse seems to avoid or hesitate being caught, these are beginning signs of resistance. If this is not treated the horse will begin running away from you every time it sees you with a tool of captivity. So, first, notice this early in life. Second, make getting caught or putting a halter on enjoyable. Give your horse a treat every time he/she puts the halter on. DON’T PUNISHTHE HORSE AFTER IT IS CAUGHT!This will confuse the horse and cause it to think getting caught results in pain. Even though you may have chased your horse in the pasture for hours and now have finally caught it, reward it for giving in, and it will remember its reward and give in easier. Also, do this often. Put the halter on your horse and take it off often so it doesn’t forget that doing so isn’t so bad.
#2Biting:This habit can be formed at any time of a horses life but is most commonly found in yearlings. Biting is a result of curiosity, playfulness, or warning. If the horse is nibbling at pocket (pants, jacket, etc.) they are most likely curious of what you might have in your pockets (treats, salt, etc.)You can prevent this type of biting by avoiding carrying treats in your clothing. Instead have a specific bucket or scoop that is associated with treats. If the horse is biting, nipping playfully with you it is a sign that he/she wants to play or has a lot of energy. Letting this horse out to a pasture or putting it with another horse will stop the horse from biting you. If the horse bites you when it spooks or it doesn’t like the situation use a firm tone of voice and say “no”. If the behavior doesn’t stop then professional help needs to be given because this situation could get dangerous.
#3 Kicking: It hard for an old horse to learn new tricks, so its best if you detect this habit earlier in the horse’s life. Usually a kicking is a sign of build up energy. Horses kick when they are let out to pasture after a full day in a stall. Its like stretching in high speed for them. Unfortunately, this is also their retaliation for danger.This is a hard problem to fix without professional help because it can beVERY dangerous, and you could end up making this habit worse.When you notice the kicking at first, make sure you make it known to the horse that he/she is not allowed to do that. Firmly say “no” and tug their halter down rapidly.Continue this process EVERYTIME they kick. Don’t give up otherwise the horse will assume that they are allowed to kick. Make kicking a bad experience. Do not reward your horse after it stops kicking because it will only confuse it whether its getting a treat for kicking or stopping. Instead, proceed with whatever you were doing before the kicking began. If all else fails get professional help. Better safe with a professional, than injured with a horse that still thinks it can kick you.
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