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    Meeting other horses on the trail!

    I am curious about how other horses react out on the trail when they meet other horses. My previous horse used to take it in his stride and mostly just ignore them. If I got really close he might get a bit excited and snort, do a little "dance" and a sort of mini, mini, mini rear. More like a pawing of excitement really? I'm wondering what I might expect from my new horse with whom I have not met anyone yet. He is a bit more excitable.
    What experiences have other people had and what sort of manners do they expect from their horse at those occasions and how would you act or react. Someone I know said that her horse used to really rear when meeting other horses, sort of go nuts like dogs when they meet. That doesn't sound good.
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    Do you mean meet up, like stop and touch noses, or you just want to calmly walk past?

    Arrow used to get excited and start prancing and watching them instead of paying attention to me. What I did was this--I just urged him with my seat to keep moving forward, then I gently swung the end of my reins to tap shoulder hip shoulder hip and repeated quietly, "mind your job, mind your job, mind your job."

    You've got to ignore them, focus on him, and ask him to focus on you and ignore them, too. I'd kind of mumble a "hi" as they went by without looking at the people--I think they understood what I was doing and didn't think I was unfriendly or anything.

    I had real issues for awhile--I got nervous, what will Arrow do next? One day I switched it around, I thought "poor Arrow, all scared, needs his mom to protect him from the big old world--pay attention to me, I'll keep you safe." I planted that in my mind, I planted that in his mind--I'm the leader on this trail ride, not only do you have to mind your work, but I'll protect you, you have no worries. You don't need those other horses to feel safe, you've got me.

    Try it--I couldn't believe what a difference it made!

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    I would expect my horse not to bat an eye. If he "reared" at shows because of seeing other horses I would be screwed.
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    Blister gets a bit nervous, starts thinking he needs to follow the other horse instead of going my planned direction, but after a small discussion, he chooses to go my way.

    Many times I'll stop and let the horse stand just so I've limited the playing field.

    If my horse reared he'd have to start thinking twice about that reaction. That is to me cussing and telling me off. BIG NO NO.

    And **** will pay right their on the trail.

    I would honestly get your horse thinking.

    does he act like this in the arena when another horses approaches from the front? does he start to act the same? if so, work the horse in the arena and work the issues as they occur in a safe environment.
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    keep him busy while there is another new face around, give him a job, know what happens before what happens happens. If you think he will act up, keep calm and assertive, be a leader and take charge of the situation, don't give him time to think about it, work him, lateral flexion, halt and walk, 1 step sidewaysone way and then 1 step sideways the other way, keep his mind engaged and you shouldn't have a rearing or any other problem.

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    Thanks guys, I am just trying to prepare myself for the possible scenario. It' hasn't happened yet, but I am expecting something (half the problem) because this horse is really testing me out. Tried to ride him out today and he just got really rude. Would not stand to saddle, put his ears back and broke away from the tie up when I popped him. Then when I lunged him he didn't want to stop at command. Just ran and ran. So I made him run more until he got sick of it and finally listened. He laso really freaks when I take his buddy away and I am expecting bad behaiour when I take him out on his own. The "meeting other horses on the trail" scenario is just one of the possible problems I am envisaging.
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    My horses do not think anything about another horse... they are taught not to. Discipline should be learned before going into a new situation. Instead of learning about the bad behavior out on the trail where you could get hurt... haul him to another arena or a neighbors pasture... something fenced and let him get exposed to new places.

    If one of mine reared... they would wish they never had because the galloping would start immediately... I would run the horse until it was begging to stop. The horse will only do what you let it. Rearing happens because the horse does not feel anything will happen that it was regret by doing it. You have to teach the horse that behaving makes wonderful things happen and mis behaving creates the day from ****.
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    My pony is fine, she sometimes says hello to them and would love to stop and chat but I just push her past. She always gives them the eye and tucks her head in! But she's calm.

    My horse on the other hand is a different kettle of fish. Sometimes she's fine, sometimes she decides that the horse she's met is the most amazing thing she's ever seen and so wants to show off by throwing herself everywhere, trying to buck/rear and take off, sometimes she decides the other horse is the devil and refuses to do nothing but walk backwards threatening to rear. It all depends on the horse we meet and the mood she's in. She's very slowly starting to concentrate on me more though.

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    Mine are pretty good about it, so long as the other rider knows and respects the unwritten rules of the trail. Our trails are typically too narrow to let another rider pass, common courtesy is the smaller group finds a spot to pull off and let the larger group pass. The only time I've had a problem recently is when a group passing let their horse shove its head up Pollys hiney--she freaked and kicked, but luckily no one was hurt.
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    The worst are when people come galloping/cantering past you or up behind you with no thought that your horse may not be as quiet as theirs!

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