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post #21 of 39 Old 11-29-2012, 12:23 AM
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WOW I'm glad I've never come across something like that!!!
All my horses know when I walk out in the pasture I am the boss, I have 4 and 1 boarded here. This summer they were up at a neighbors on their pasture and another neighbor whose horse had been with our's was up there, they put him in with our's.......my appy gelding was being very agressive with him and the neighbor tried to catch anyone to put the one neighbor's out but they all ran off on her and wouldn't let her catch them! She called me to come help get the one out.....I drove into the yard and yes they were all giving the one a hard time, I walked to the gate, hollar "HEY" and they all stopped in their tracks with this quitly look LOL my neighbor said she was surprised they didn't all line up to salute me LOL
If I were you I would definetly have something with me when you go out into the pature and let him have it if he so much as looks in your direction with a sour look! That is just too dangerous!!

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post #22 of 39 Old 11-29-2012, 12:33 AM
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I guess the owner and barn manager will realize it's a safety issue when the horse actually severely injures or, god forbid, kills someone. Even small safety issues should be taken seriously...and this is far from small.
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post #23 of 39 Old 11-29-2012, 12:40 AM
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I don't really care if the horse goes blind or gets hurt.
Horse would be dog food if it was mine o.O
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post #24 of 39 Old 11-29-2012, 01:14 AM
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We had a gelding who did that to my mother. He thought of us as one of the herd, so he tried to see where in the pecking order he stood. Mum got a fright and ran away so that meant he was higher up than she was so every time she came near him he would intimidate her. That's what we did with Jet and it worked. I would suggest putting him in a halter and lead rope and making him back out of your personal bubble. Next time stand your ground and have something with you to scare him with, to show him that he's not on top. If you have to use the whip do but I think something noisy would also do the trick.
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post #25 of 39 Old 11-29-2012, 06:13 AM
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I don't really care if the horse goes blind or gets hurt.
Horse would be dog food if it was mine o.O
While I agree the horse would get a good beating and be dog food if it were mine, but the main factor is..the horse isn't. It's someone else's, and I have a feeling that if the horse had whip marks and was blinded, the owner would definitely try to charge OP with something, especially because of the fact that she doesn't think it's an issue.

I know I can keep an aggressive, hormonal mare and a spawn of Satan gelding with just myself or a whip to their front legs and then chasing and whacking their ass/back legs..I've done it before, and I automatically knew that a whip to the face was a bad idea and I naturally just hit everywhere else. Sure, if the horse moves it's head while I'm in the middle if whipping, then it's too bad, I've never whipped willy nilly though, always knew relatively where my lash would hit.
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post #26 of 39 Old 11-29-2012, 06:21 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, the reason I only hit around him with the whip and not him, is b/c the horse isn't mine. The owners & BO are very close & yes that is something I have to consider as a boarder. Having said that, I will not make that mistake again.

The only other things that come to mind are 1, I had no idea I could move so fast & 2, maybe I missed my calling as a rodeo clown :)
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post #27 of 39 Old 11-29-2012, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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I did call two other boarders & told them what happened b/c they, like me, ride with their daughters & we have let the girls get their own horses while we wait at the gate & I don't want anyone hurt. But, at this barn, that was considered gossip and I got blasted with rude calls and texts = really?
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post #28 of 39 Old 11-29-2012, 07:58 AM
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Not sure where in WNY you are......but a belated welcome. ( I am from there, and live p there in the summer). I am glad you are ok, and even happier that you are moving. A horse like this simply cannot be tolerated around kids. Difficult at any barn, but not with kids for sure. I actually HAD one of these monsters......he DID up the ante all the time, and when I sold him (to a trainer) it could have said "alpo Pick up" on the side of the truck. That horse was truly scary. There was no whip long enough, and at the time, my daughter was little, and others were going into the pasture. I was not willing to have that liability.

As far as hitting them in the face-in a situation like this-I certainly would not aim at it, but I would not be upset if that was where the whip landed for sure. This horses owner and the BO had better have really good insurance.....they may just need it.

You also did the right thing by telling others, IMO. Gossip? I hardly think so, since it actually happened to YOU, not someone else. I would have been out of there yesterday. Enjoy the new place!
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post #29 of 39 Old 11-29-2012, 08:46 AM
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We had a gelding who did that to my mother. He thought of us as one of the herd, so he tried to see where in the pecking order he stood. Mum got a fright and ran away so that meant he was higher up than she was so every time she came near him he would intimidate her. That's what we did with Jet and it worked. I would suggest putting him in a halter and lead rope and making him back out of your personal bubble. Next time stand your ground and have something with you to scare him with, to show him that he's not on top. If you have to use the whip do but I think something noisy would also do the trick.
My BOs aggressive gelding has gotten one up over my fiance. The horse run him out of the pasture one day. He won't go back in. I was standing there watching and he was yelling at me to help,but I was too far to do anything. I yelled at him to punch him in the chest or shoulder, but he wouldnr do it. I'm sorry but if I have no whip, and a horse is pushing me, I have no problem using my limbs to get them to back off.
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