Originally Posted by isiwizzy675
You have to know and I mean really know Troy to understand his problems. When he was a foal, some gypsies camped near his field and handled him and his colt friend Oliver very roughly. He is seven and I have had him six years. He has a mixture of numerous breeds in him, including TB, Arab, Irish Draught and some other native types. He can be handled, just HATES people he hasn't had time with. Me and him, we go back a long way. I have used a twitch on him before and he hates it.
Sorry but rough handling by gypsys is not a get out clause. You need to deal with him and teach him that he is not allowed to be grumpy or arsey with people.
My lad has been abused, to the point that he was utterly terrified of people and lines. He has had his feet taken out from under him using lines, he was not
gelded by a vet, at somepoint the handling was rough enough to fracture his pelvis! He was so scared that the first time I put a roller on him he went into a blind bolt head first into a wall and fractured his skull. Oh and he tried to kill the farrier a few times
Yet because we have delt with his issues and taught him that it is not acceptable to behave like that and that no one is going to hurt him he would not now even dare think about getting grumpy with you. He is normaly the first to come to the gate, the first to greet you with a nicker and the cuddliest pony ever.
Ignore the fact he has been abused and treat him like any other horse. Discipline him when he acts out and he will actualy feel safer as he has a leader.