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post #1 of 19 Old 07-21-2011, 08:37 AM Thread Starter
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Horse Mood when time to feed, turn bucket over

Why does a horse always look mean lol? I have always noticed they seem to look mean most of the time. I guess its just those big dark eyes and such. I noticed since had him a few days now, when I get the feed bucket, he knows what time it is. He comes to the gate, follows me to th entrance, and is like impatient lol. Are all horses like that? I am firm with him and will work with him on not doing that , trying to get him to be patient and wait. I mean he isnt forceful and trying to run me over or anything but i guess he wants it really bad lol. Just wondering what you guys do , if its something you can break and easiest way to go about it.

I have a 3 pint scooper i bought from TSC and the guy i got her from says he gives him that full , twice a day. I let him graze from time i get home about 4pm to about 8pm then put him back in stable yard and feed him grain and hay. Hay stays in his tray all day. When i get the electric fence up, he will graze all day till before nite then go back in stable yard. I feed him in the mornings before i leave home at bout 7am also to point out. So is the 3 pint scooper , twice a day enough or is it more of a personal preference?

He turned over the feed bucket this morning, not sure if he accidently did or not. My back was turned and i did go back over there and stood back upright and he preceded to eat out of it.
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Ha ha. So natural. Horses can get very aggressive when they become impatient. I would take a short crop in with you and make the horse back off. Honestly, I would work with that without food first. Because what you'll get is more aggression. If you work with manners and space issues this shouldn't be that bad. If you are afraid, don't do it.

And as a horse that looks mean,, eyes only show so much. Its body language that will tell you how a horse is feeling. The eyes will tell you if a horse is afraid or worried about something. Ears will tell you more. I'm sure you know this.

Is this a new horse to you? If it is, nip the aggression and looks in the bud. It will not get better if you don't show leadership. Good luck and keep it safe. Get help if you need to. No shame in that.
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Ha ha. So natural. Horses can get very aggressive when they become impatient. I would take a short crop in with you and make the horse back off. Honestly, I would work with that without food first. Because what you'll get is more aggression. If you work with manners and space issues this shouldn't be that bad. If you are afraid, don't do it.

And as a horse that looks mean,, eyes only show so much. Its body language that will tell you how a horse is feeling. The eyes will tell you if a horse is afraid or worried about something. Ears will tell you more. I'm sure you know this.

Is this a new horse to you? If it is, nip the aggression and looks in the bud. It will not get better if you don't show leadership. Good luck and keep it safe. Get help if you need to. No shame in that.
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Yes i know about the ears things and for the most part when I'm around him, his ears are not back. It might go back initially just for a second or two but then back up straight. He doesn't do it if i dont have the food bucket. He is fairly gentle and obedient and I even washed him yesterday while he was grazing in the yard and had no problems with him. He let me wash and rinse him just fine, he just stood there and kept grazing. And yes I have learned long time ago to be firm and have a firm voice, and to not let them think you are afriad of them. I even talk to him and say good boy when he listens and stuff like that.

What are some good treats to go out there with sometimes and give him? I'm guessing apples, carrots, to name a few. Should the apple be cut in slices?
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I taught my horses to move away from me & to stay away till I put it on the ground. I used a buggy whip as pressure. When I was teaching them I would whip the ground if they got to close & had to catch a butt or 2. But now they give me space without it.
Horses are alway excited for their feed no matter what....its like telling little kids they will get candy or icecream.....they cant wait, lol!

My girls sometimes dump their buckets/ feed pans but I did go out one week and rubbed their front legs, neck, & head to show them it wasnt going anywhere....it took a week but for the most part they dont dump it anymore.
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I taught my horses to move away from me & to stay away till I put it on the ground. I used a buggy whip as pressure. When I was teaching them I would whip the ground if they got to close & had to catch a butt or 2. But now they give me space without it.
Horses are alway excited for their feed no matter what....its like telling little kids they will get candy or icecream.....they cant wait, lol!

My girls sometimes dump their buckets/ feed pans but I did go out one week and rubbed their front legs, neck, & head to show them it wasnt going anywhere....it took a week but for the most part they dont dump it anymore.
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what about a switch lol? For those of us in the country its a long skinny tree branch. But one thick enuff so it doesnt break. So yeah hitting the ground i can see being very effective in teaching. I still would want to probably find a buggy whip or something like that, maybe a rubber car antenna, the long one.
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what about a switch lol? For those of us in the country its a long skinny tree branch. But one thick enuff so it doesnt break. So yeah hitting the ground i can see being very effective in teaching. I still would want to probably find a buggy whip or something like that, maybe a rubber car antenna, the long one.
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what about a switch lol? For those of us in the country its a long skinny tree branch. But one thick enuff so it doesnt break. So yeah hitting the ground i can see being very effective in teaching. I still would want to probably find a buggy whip or something like that, maybe a rubber car antenna, the long one.
Oops to post with no reply.... a buggy whip will make a whistle and pop sound when you use it and a slight sting on their rump. The sound is very effective as is the sting but it doesnt bruise or cut as a switch or rubber anttena might. If its all you have and you cant hit a TSC or farm store they usually run 10-15 $ then use what you have till you can get what you need. A horse can get aggressive fast when it come to feed.
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Oops to post with no reply.... a buggy whip will make a whistle and pop sound when you use it and a slight sting on their rump. The sound is very effective as is the sting but it doesnt bruise or cut as a switch or rubber anttena might. If its all you have and you cant hit a TSC or farm store they usually run 10-15 $ then use what you have till you can get what you need. A horse can get aggressive fast when it come to feed.
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ok, will check when i go back to tsc but yeah in the meantime i will use what i can find around the house
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We always cut our apples into slices!!!

I've seen too many horses choke from being allowed to eat an apple whole ... or allowed to bite off half of it from someone's hand.....

You've got the choke risk, plus for allowing a horse to bite a hunk out of an apple when you are holding it, well, that seems rather dangerous to me. In the blink of an eye, you could be missing a finger....

Dunno why some people do that. I'm sure SOMEONE will come on here and say they do it all the time....ok, still doesn't make it a smart thing to do.

And someone will likely say they always feed their horses whole apples and have never seen a horse choke in 20 or 30 years.....ok, but I have. 3 times.


As for the carrots, we feed ours baby carrots....so they don't need chopped. If feeding regular carrots, I would definately chop them rather than shove a whole carrot into their mouths like one would feed branches into a shredder....

And someone will likely say they feed their horses carrots whole, as does everyone they know, ..... ok, but we dont because we don't feel that the risk of choke is worth not taking the time to chop it.



My point to this is that it seems that NO MATTER what one says, someone will always say they've done that for 20 years and nothing ever happened......like that somehow means that what they do is not risky or is the RIGHT way to do things.

So, I've decided to be preemptive...
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