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post #1 of 5 Old 10-02-2013, 08:18 PM Thread Starter
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Aggressive behavior!

My gelding is aggressive with me sometimes. I don't want to get rid of him! So what are some ways to correct aggressive behavior or behavior where a horse thinks he's boss! I want my horse to respect me and he usually does but every now and then he thinks he's boss.. So please give me ideas to correct him without hurting him! And help him STAY corrected!
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post #2 of 5 Old 10-02-2013, 08:26 PM
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Punishment has to fit the crime. If it's a bite, an attempt at a bite, a kick, attempted kick, pushing with his body, yes you have to hurt him but that is what another horse would do to him and you are supposed to be the leader of the herd, act like it.

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So what is he doing that is aggressive? Not that it really matters but some acts of aggression are more dangerous then others. You handle the aggressive behavior by teaching him you are in charge and delivering quick consequences for his bad behavior. You have to show him you can control his feet and be able to move his move feet left, right, forwards and backwards. That respect comes from doing lots of ground work and teaching him you are alpha and demand respect. To keep him corrected you have to be consistent, you cannot let him get away with it one then correct him the next day for the same behavior. Do not be afraid you will hurt him do you think the alpha mare cares if she hurts a disrespectful herd member, not a bit. Within reason you are not going to do anything that will hurt him.

If he gets into your space drive him out of your space, do not allow him to try and dominate you. If he is aggressive at feeding time carry a whip and if he gets pushy whack him with it and drive him out of your space and make him wait at a respectful distance. If he turns his butt to you chase him away and make him hustle his feet. Set him up for success and reward the smallest try, show him you are worthy of his respect.
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So what is he doing that is aggressive? Not that it really matters but some acts of aggression are more dangerous then others. You handle the aggressive behavior by teaching him you are in charge and delivering quick consequences for his bad behavior. You have to show him you can control his feet and be able to move his move feet left, right, forwards and backwards. That respect comes from doing lots of ground work and teaching him you are alpha and demand respect. To keep him corrected you have to be consistent, you cannot let him get away with it one then correct him the next day for the same behavior. Do not be afraid you will hurt him do you think the alpha mare cares if she hurts a disrespectful herd member, not a bit. Within reason you are not going to do anything that will hurt him.

If he gets into your space drive him out of your space, do not allow him to try and dominate you. If he is aggressive at feeding time carry a whip and if he gets pushy whack him with it and drive him out of your space and make him wait at a respectful distance. If he turns his butt to you chase him away and make him hustle his feet. Set him up for success and reward the smallest try, show him you are worthy of his respect.
He shows aggression by coming at me sideways and pinning his ears down. Sometimes he'll act like he wants to kick. I really appreciate your advice thanks!!! It's perfect horse sense!
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-02-2013, 09:05 PM
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Just watch out that your whip is long enough that if you crack him one on the hip that his heels don't take your out. Horses have thick hide on their butts so make that one whack count. Any time he lays his ears back around you he's telling you that he'll get you first chance he gets, so he gets a whack and go after him so he thinks you plan on murdering him.
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