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post #1 of 14 Old 08-14-2014, 01:46 PM Thread Starter
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Naughty pasture friend, what would you do?

There is a 10 yr old saddlebred gelding that a younger girl owns but rarely comes out to the barn for him, when she does, she lets him walk all over him, ie won't go back thru the gate into the pasture so she sits down and let's him eat grass, says she uses treat to put him back or will move out of his way if he walks into her bubble. He is very disrespectful, pushy and an attention geek. I do not put up with pushy horses, when I ask/tell him to move away from me when I am in the pasture he will swing his butt out at me, which I go after and make him move. He has pushed past me when I'm putting my gelding back, he tries to rear when I put him back but I never use a treat and I can get him back in but it's getting ridiculous. I finally told the barn owners that he is dangerous, not that he's aggressive but that his disrespect and his lack of attention/work from his owner is a bad mix. My BO listened to what I had to say and said they would talk about what to do. Did I do the right thing? I feel a little bad about calling a horse dangerous and making a problem between the owner and BO but horses could kill accidentally kill you so easily! Hope something changes. What would you do as a BO?
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post #2 of 14 Old 08-14-2014, 02:00 PM
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You did the right thing if she can't handle her horse she shouldn't have him simple as its not fair on the horse either to have no boundaries I'd complain about it especially because it affects other people too not just the owner of the horse :)
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I've had to do the same thing with a gelding at my old barn and at my current barn with a different gelding. Both were rude, pushy, and one of them (the one at the old barn) was dangerous. He charged me once when I went to get my gelding and probably wouldn't have swerved off in time to avoid me if I hadn't chased him off.

I had a serious talk with my BOs about both geldings and in the case of my old barn, I started carrying a whip when I went in the turnout.
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post #4 of 14 Old 08-16-2014, 01:32 PM
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I was a little confused with your post.. Is this horse yours or someone else's and happens to share the pasture with your horse?

I definitely would not put up with a horse acting this(mine or not) if it affected my safety. If this horse is a serious safety threat, then mentioning it is definitely something that needs to be dealt with. If the lack of proper handling of the horse does not affect you in any way, then its something I would keep to myself.
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post #5 of 14 Old 08-16-2014, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Not mine, shares pasture w/ mine. BO talked to the owner and told her she needs to come work with him more. Maybe then he won't be so starved for attention, I have showed the owner how she lets this horse disrespect her, maybe she will work on it...
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I have to handle the horse when he is sneaky and runs by me to get thru the gate if I am pulling my horse thru or letting my horse back in. It's not fun, the naughty horse rears and gets agitated but if I make him do circles around me he will go back in eventually. Just not what I want to deal with because he has kicked out at me and anything I 'teach' him doesn't get reinforced with his owner.
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post #7 of 14 Old 08-16-2014, 06:54 PM
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It's not attention he's craving but trying to go with your horse. Always carry a lunge whip and use it to drive him off. Just swing it side to side. Should he walk into it and gets a whack he won't do it again. He'll back off as you swing it. Always carry the whip when you enter the pasture.
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post #8 of 14 Old 08-17-2014, 11:14 AM Thread Starter
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He definitely craves attention. Whatever horse you walk up to he will come over too and has no idea what personal space is. Other boarders will pet him when he does it to them but I always swing my rope at him to get away and if I have to hit him, which I will do, then he'll sometimes swing his butt at me which I then chase it away...

He will barge past me at the gate when I am putting my horse BACK so no I don't think he wants to be with my horse. I try to look out for him before I open the gate but he can be pretty quick.

I guess all I can do besides swinging my lead or taking a whip in with me, is tell the BO, which I did and hopefully the owner steps up.
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post #9 of 14 Old 08-17-2014, 11:43 AM
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Sounds to me like you absolutely did the right thing (: Good luck with the situation and keep us updated.

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post #10 of 14 Old 08-18-2014, 02:42 PM
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I dunno. You sorta strike me as a nosy Nellie, and I am glad you are not at my barn.
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