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    11-01-2012, 02:17 PM
Behavior Issues!!

Hello all! I have a 13 year old quarter horse gelding whom I've had for approximately 6 months. Up until recently he was probably the sweetest horse I ever met. He'd follow me around walk up to the corral gate to be petted, just loved attention overall. It was through him which I gained all my confidence to handle a horse. Recently I purhased another paint gelding whose even quieter than he is. Since I've had the paint he's developed all these bad habits on the ground. He rears when I walk him and is just a pain to get from place to place on the ground. Just the other day he broke out of his corral and was grazing nearby. When someone else from the barn where I board went to try and grab him he charged at them. Any ideas what can be causing these behavioral issues??

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    11-01-2012, 02:59 PM
Sounds like he needs some ground work done. Maybe some round pen work. He needs to learn that you are boss and not him. Tieing him up for a while and often with help to respect the halter a bit better.
Is he the boss of the other horse? You need to figure out why he busted out. Usually when a horse busts out they want food, did he have some roughage or is it possible the other horse pushed him out.
    11-01-2012, 03:02 PM
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You board both horses at a barn? Tell me about the turnout. Are they turned out together? Who is dominant? How much time do you spend excersizing each of them?
Behavior changes like that usually don't come out of the blue. It likely has to do with his relationship with the new hrose and maybe some barn sourness and perhaps a lack of excersize.
Also, is it possible that you have not been as firm in your leadership with the first horse now that the second is here? Horses rise to the lowest level of the expectations that you ENFORCE, and no further. So , if you have not been consistently enforcing your expectations for good manners, then he is coming only that far in his obedience to good manners.
    11-01-2012, 03:21 PM
The paint horse is actually boss. They both have a large corral which they share. He couldve broken out due to food they have a roll of hay there all the time which they graze on as they please plus they still get grain and alfalfa cubes twice a day. That day they were out of hay. The funny thing is when I tie him he's very quiet he'll sit there all day with no issues and he shows no aggression whatsoever. Before when I would get to the barn he'd literally wait for me by the gate whinning at me. Now unless I have his food bucket he wont come to the fence at all!
    11-01-2012, 08:35 PM
I've found that many a times a horse will be fine untill they are bumped to the bottom of the pecking order in the herd. Some don't want to be at the bottom, so theyin turn try to boss you around, which sounds like what your is doing now. E needs reminding of who the real boss is.
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