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hello ma'am, what does prominent head nodding mean (sometimes ear pinned)in horse training when a stranger approaches the horse standing in its stall?

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Rohit,

This is a sign of aggression in the horse. He would do the same to another horse.
Horses have a flight or fight response to predators, which is what we are to a horse.
If this horse has been abused, and he is doing this because he is convinced the human is going to hurt him again...( and just racing in a race with a painful bit and being forced to run as fast as you can even if your body hurts) is a form of abuse.

A horse is not allowed to threaten a human, however, even if the horse is reacting for what HE thinks is a good reason.  There is no reason to beat the horse, but the human needs to assert his dominance  (I hate that word) over the horse....


I have found that it does not take much. Steady, quiet, progressive work helps.
But if attacked a sharp yell and a good slap on the neck or shoulder is required.Clicker training often works very well with this.

I remember a Standardbred at a race track that was so traumatized he could not be caught in his stall except by a hook on the end of a broom. He was known as a dangerous, mean horse.Once he was caught he was all right. I realize now that the poor animal was so traumatized by his handling that he was desperate not to be caught....it makes me very sad what we people do to horses.....


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Questions on riding problems, training questions, all levels and all disciplines. Questions on showing and judging. Questions on how to teach, how to teach people to teach and train. Questions on training methods and methodology. The history of horsemanship. Questions on dressage, jumping,western, (all levels)riding techniques, driving. Centered Riding, Certified Horsemanship Association, the Bitless Bridle.

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Teaching all my life. Specializing in "teaching People to Train Their Own Horses", using non-abusive methods. I have certified over 175 instructors. I am a Level IV Centered Riding Clinician, a Master Instructor and Clinician with the C.H.A., and a A.J.A. Judge, certifying n the top third in English and Western. I have apprecticed with Sally Swift, Charles(Chuck) Grant, and Richard Shrake. I am a Bitless Bridle Instructor and have presented at Equine Expos and also assisted Dr. Cook, Sally Swift, etc. Hunt Seat 4-H Chairperson for NY (three years)

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Centered Riding Certified Horsemanship Association Northern Tier Dressage and Combined Training Sierra Club American Humane Society NY Horse Council NY 4-H Volunteer

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PEGASUS PRESS WESTERN HORSEMAN Wrote for BRIDLE WISE for two years EQUINE JOURNAL N.Y. HORSE THOROUGHBRED REVIEW HORSE BITS MANE STREAM

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Degree in English Literature and Journalism Studied at the Northern Equitation Centre in Ormskirk, England Level IV Centered Riding Instuctor Master Instructor and Clinician, Certified Horsemanship Association Bitless Bridle Instructor Level I Reiki

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Several Citations through Volunteer 4-H work 5 Year End Awards from Alabama ToastMasters

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