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Pushy, Lacks Respect, No Ground Manners

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  • If you want to rule out any physical issue being a factor in the behavior.
  • Some vets have valuable advice regarding behavioral and training issues.

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  • Some vets have valuable advice regarding behavioral and training issues.

A horse’s lack of respect on the ground is undesirable behavior that needs to be resolved. Horses are taught to act this way in the same way that they are taught to engage in many other unwanted behaviors. They perceive this behavior to be easier and more rewarding than alternative (desirable) behaviors. They do not have adequate respect for and understanding of their handler.

Horses in pain, especially abdominal pain (colic) or other physical cause, may forget their ground manners. They may compulsively walk forward and push into their handlers. Stallions, driven by testosterone, require a firm hand to maintain respectful ground manners.

WHAT TO DO

Assess the horse’s general health using the Whole Horse Exam (WHE), paying particular attention to attitude and appetite.Then look to yourself and others who have handled your horse as both the cause of the problem and the solution.

What is required is a consistent approach towards establishing and maintaining good boundaries, and clearly communicating the consequences of breaching those boundaries. Many vets have an interest in equine behavior. They may help you with the behavioral problem, or refer you to a qualified trainer who can.

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Author: Doug Thal DVM Dipl. ABVP

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