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When barg­ing is an is­sue, ask your­self, who’s mov­ing who? If your horse is mov­ing your feet, then he’s the one in charge. Make sure your horse is never made to face some­thing he’s fright­ened of too closely un­til he’s com­pletely re­as­sured that all is OK. Your horse could be feel­ing in­se­cure and his barg­ing might be an at­tempt to get close to you so he feels safer. Take lit­tle steps to help him get over what­ever it is that’s both­er­ing him. Don’t for­get that by barg­ing and be­ing pushy, your horse is let­ting down his side of the bar­gain when it comes to your re­la­tion­ship. He should know not to walk over you in re­turn for you not walk­ing over him. Put bound­aries in place early on in your re­la­tion­ship, then be con­sis­tent and stick to them. But don’t treat your horse like a ma­chine — he must be al­lowed to ex­press his per­son­al­ity too.

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