Working with a 15 yo paint mare who was raised like a puppy, no respect for personal space, has clearly never had a human who acted the leader on the ground. Standing at her shoulder while attempting to lunge, she reacts without hesitation to the lightest cue to move off by shouldering into you and running you over.
I've observed thoroughly, no history of mistreatment, and this isn't fear. It's how she's learned to get out of work and assert her dominance in response to being told to move her feet. In an open space with lots of other options to escape she reacts to this small challenge by aggressively coming into your space with the intention of bowling you to the ground. Normally I would stay in the small safe space at her shoulder, pull her nose in, and let her run circles around me until she realized it wasn't productive, but she is sharky and quick.
I'm at a loss as to how to safely teach her this isn't acceptable, as I simply don't have good enough agility or insurance to play dodgeball with 2,000 pounds of aggressive and canny mare.
I know this isn't ideal, but for safety reasons I've been teaching her to yield on the ground with her lead wrapped around a sturdy fence post. I gently cue for her to yield toward the fence, increasing until she softens and gives the correct response and then I release pressure and praise her immediately. She inevitably challenges me on this, either attempting to charge, rear and strike, or turning her whole hindquarters to me to double barrel me, only stopped by the fact she's tied to the post. I stay at a safe distance and increase pressure back with the carrot stick until she yields, and then immediately release pressure and praise.
If anyone else has any clever ideas on how to safely remedy the charging problem, or advice on how to work my way from having her yield while tied to the post to having her yield with the lead in my hand, it would be greatly appreciated, as this is a basic stepping stone I need to lay to continue with her training.
I just wanted to start a thread about training and schooling my mustang x arab mare. She's a 2010 chestnut mare, 14.1hh, sire is an unknown branded BLM Mustang and Dam is a domestic bred arab. I worked her from the time she was born until she was 2 years old and she's had 30 days under saddle and ridden with an experienced 11 yo. I have extensive experience myself, with a focus in starting new horses/working with green horses and horses with vices. My experience is low level h/j and trail. I'd like to get this mare going well on trails and possibly schooling over some cavalettis and courses.
We have an 18 week old small type puppy named Oliver. We haven't been doing well with housetraining. Recently we've put him on a food schedule that we aren't really consistent with. 7:00 a.m. 12/1:00 p.m. 5/6:00 p.m. We feed him a 1/2 cup every time and he almost never eats all of it (about 90% of it). He has constant access to water and is played with usually later in the day (my dad is at work, me and my bro at school, mom at home babysitting another baby sometimes a toddler plus my little sister: during the day) So our problem is, he'll pee normally all day but he won't poop at all until late evening. Around 9/10 p.m. sometimes he doesn't poop at all then either. But then, I have to get up at 6 to get ready for school. Recently, the first thing I would do is come into the kitchen and have to pick up one LARGE pile of poop and one normal pile of poop. My family and especially me are going crazy, please help. Also, we don't take him out at night