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Date:4/21/2014 5:41:02 AM
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I have a haflinger mare that acted the same way at feeding time...very pushy. I decided to make it my goal to stop this wild behavior side of her so she didn't hurt anyone. I would place a small amount of hay between her and myself and made her back up using a crop and only letting her see it if she stepped forward towards the hay. I would simply tap my boot ( to get her attention focused on me)with the crop when she did step forward and make her back up again. We did this several times a week for about a week and when I would finally let off the pressure and our short session was over for the day I rewarded her with a cookie for her good behavior. It worked really well with my mare because now she will even walk away from her hay and come to see me when I walk out in the pasture. I never thought my haflinger would leave a hay pile just to be near me but she has proven me wrong and when she does leave her hay pile there are no treats is her choice now and of her own free will.
I'm a believer in correcting behavioral issues through a firm voice, kind hands, repitition and a whole lot of patience.
Life is good! :)
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