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Ooh Girl, Shock Me Like an Electric Alpha

That's so silly! The Zippety Zapper doesn't even exist! It might as well though. Some people tend to buy anything that will be effective, especially with the promise of respect and obedience. And there are people out there who use electric shocks on dogs and horses. Lots of bizarre things are perfectly normal in the animal training world.

And then there's the idea that horses "respect" electric fences. Here's what I think about what respect means and looks like. 

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Personal Space Invasion 4/11

“Horses come towards us, into our imaginary personal space, with their head or feet or body for a number of reasons. This is often a real safety problem for owners, or for people who handle the horse for them.

Horses can come too close to people..

1) Because we are new and they are curious to investigate us. Horses investigate with their eyes and nose and mouth (and for things underfoot with their feet)..

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..2) Because they want to initiate play..

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..3) Because we have on us something the horse wants (food) and his behaviour of coming towards us has been reinforced by the gain of that resource..

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..4) Because we have the means to provide something or do something for the horse that he wants us to do and he needs to be close to us for us to do that.”

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Click here to read the full article by Horse Charming