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post #1 of 30 Old 12-13-2013, 11:43 PM Thread Starter
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Aggressive Towards Me

My miniature mare is such a sweetheart-when she is not with her food. When I feed her hay in the stall, I place it down for her and as I clean her stall, she pins her ears back at me whenever I walk past her and she even kicked me last week as I was cleaning out her stall while she was eating! She is not pastured with any other horses while she is eating her hay, and I don't take hay from her or stand next to her while she's eating. I just give her hay, clean her stall and then let her eat by herself. Why is so mean to me around food and how do I get her to be nicer? Sometimes, I will place my hand on her while she is eating so she knows that I'm walking past her and she will try and bite me or just pin her ears at me! Ugh I don't know what to do, I'm pretty sure I'm feeding her enough-we have a scale and she's been getting the same amount for a couple years now and she just started being mean a couple months ago but it's gotten worse.
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She's food agressive.
Start carrying a crop and use it as necessary. Her behavior is unacceptable.
Doing groundwork with her will help too.
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post #3 of 30 Old 12-13-2013, 11:57 PM
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She's food aggressive. Personally every time she turned to bite/kick at me I would give her a good smack with my hand. Food aggression is one thing I absolutely don't tolerate. Another thing I do (but this is if they show aggression when I'm filling up their bin) is to throw a handful of grain at them. It shocks them enough that most quit after try number two.

Personally, I try to avoid going in the stalls/fields for long periods at feed time because they become a different animal when food is involved.
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post #4 of 30 Old 12-14-2013, 12:43 AM
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All my horses know whether they are eating or not when I walk into the pasture I am the alpha mare!
If my horse (small or not) pinned ears/nipped/tried to kick at me I would give them a good smack and make them back away from the hay until I say they can have it. Some horses can get quite aggressive if you don't stop them from doing I wouldn't be allowing it, take a riding crop in with you and make her stand back from the hay if she did any disrespectful thing. Let her back in after she gets rid of her attitude but if she does it again make her back away from the hay.....
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post #5 of 30 Old 12-14-2013, 07:15 AM
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Your horse shouldn't be allowed to bite or kick at you, however I've read around a bit and a lot of people/trainers seem to recommend that you leave your horse alone while its eating. It makes sense, when you ask for their attention and for them to respond to you, that's great but when you feed them just let them be.
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post #6 of 30 Old 12-14-2013, 07:49 AM
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She's food agressive.
Start carrying a crop and use it as necessary. Her behavior is unacceptable.
Doing groundwork with her will help too.
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great advice here. use that crop or a whip. drive them away from the food. then allow them to come back when you are ready. its the natural order of things with horses. just watch them together at feeding time.

same principle should be taught to puppies. a food aggressive dog or horse can be very dangerous.
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Make her think she just may die in the next few seconds!

Honestly, she owes you her life and well-being. She owes you absolute respect.
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post #8 of 30 Old 12-14-2013, 08:10 PM
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Your body language at other times may be adding to this also. If she isn't good while being led, you baby her, she has an attitude??

May just be that in stall you are moving away too quickly too, so that she thinks she has driven you off food.

But I really don't like to bother one while eating.

Get her out of stall, clean it, feed and turn her in, but even then? She needs to be waiting for your cues as to it being okay to eat. And no attitude either.

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post #9 of 30 Old 12-15-2013, 12:07 AM
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yes a lot of people believe you should leave the horses alone when they are eating but I want my horses to know when I walk in, eating or not I am in charge. We live in a small subdivision and I would hate for one of the kids to come in and go to pet the horses and get bit/kicked. No they shouldn't be in with my horses but kids are kids and to be safe I want my horses to know even if they are eating I want them to respect anyone who comes in......eating or not......
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post #10 of 30 Old 12-15-2013, 01:32 AM
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I agree that any animal should be left alone to eat its food - I don't like to be messed with whilst I am eating!

however if someone came to clear the table whilst I was eating then I would not attack them and so it should be with ant animal.

She needs a darn good lesson in manners and should she so much as move her butt towards me in a threat she would be shoved, in no uncertain way, off her hay and made to stand away from it whilst I continued to muck out. Every time she so much as took a step towards it, she would be shoved back.
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