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post #1 of 13 Old 03-26-2012, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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Dont know what to do about this situation? help

Not to sure if this is the right place to put this but wasnt to sure where else to put it.

Anyways.. I have a 9 month old colt hes in a 2 acre field on his own but has other horses in the field right next to him. Hes stabled over night and let out when im up there after work. He canot be trusted to be left out when i am not there as there are mares in the field next to him and he has tried to jump the fence already. I have booked him in to be gelded on the 13th of april. When he is out hes verrrrrrrrry excitable which is understandable but hes very taken by the horses in the field next to him hes runs towards the fencs where they are and paws the fence and im afraid hes going to get his hoof cought. When i go up to him when his out in the field he can be agressive and turn and try and buck at me or anyone else thats there if i go to touch him he will try and charge and run away and soon as i attach the lead rope to him to bring him in he will bolt and buck.

In the stable he is lovely he doesnt do anything to show aggression its just when he is out.

I am going to be afraid to let him out over night once he has been gelded incase he tryes to get in the field with the other horses because he obviously feels alone.

I am going to be getting a nother horse soon but for now he just worries me :\

Dont realy know what to do.. advice please? Thanks
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post #2 of 13 Old 03-26-2012, 06:17 AM
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I might be wrong as I never owned a stallion but I worked with few. I think that he behaves like this because he has learnt that he does'nt need to respect you or behave when he is out in a field. Maybe you were too accepting when he was challenging you, because you thought that he is doing it just because he is a stallion? Just a thought...
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post #3 of 13 Old 03-26-2012, 06:27 AM
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Hey, I had the same problem with my 2yr old before he was gelded. a we dote in the stable but the minute he got out he was a we brute! would run after me in the field and when he caught up would swing around and kick out.. after him am a firm believer in getting them gelded as soon as their weaned! He went just a bit to long with mares in the next field.. hormones were sky hi(gelded at 14months).

Since hes been gelded its like having a different horse! He happily grazes with one of my broodmares, and is coming along great with his training, will stand to be groomed, feet picked etc and will lead very quiet.

Dont worry once youv him gelded youll see a quick improvment, once hes recovered from the operation Id start handling him asap to get him listeneing to you and knowing whos boss...

When it comes to the fence, I still had that issue even after he was gelded, he'll not bash his when through a fence but will just squeeze his way through the tiniest of gaps! I found him in with the calfs oneday having a great time lol I put up some electric fence at that corner of the field and it worked a treat, he got one hard shock on the ass and hasnt went near it since.

At their age everythings a game, he doesnt really know any better yet, but once hes been gelded hopefully things will improve like they did for me.. dont worry your not the first and definley not the last to have a naughty colt lol

Good luck!

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post #4 of 13 Old 03-26-2012, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
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RideInTheThunder ; I agree that he thinks that he does not have to respect me in the field. When i go to handle him in the field i canot correct his bad behavior because he will bolt and buck soon as the lead rope is on him. Its a challenge to get him back into the stable and when hes back at the stable is to late to correct the bad behavior by then.

Derry Girl ; I hope he does calm down alot when he is gelded. Everyone is saying he wont change because he is still a foal so hes still going to be the same.
I just hope il be able to handle him in the field its getting me down the fact that i cant go near him with out him trying to turn around and back me.
Do you think when he has been gelded he wont be so concerned about the horses in the next field like trying to get into the field with them?
I am deffo thinking of getting another horse soon! maybe by getting another horse this might sort that problem out?

Thanks for the advice by the way!
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post #5 of 13 Old 03-26-2012, 07:10 AM
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He could also be acting this way because he is a horse and horses are herd animals. he has natural instincts. he just wants companionship i probably the issue as hes not even (studish ) yet. Him running about and bucking and trying to get to them is stressing him out and that may be why he is acting a little agressive. he wants a friend lol.
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post #6 of 13 Old 03-26-2012, 07:18 AM
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When it comes to horses you have to take the ruff with the smooth and unfortunatley your going through the ruff patch, dont be getting down when people say he wont change, my boyfriend wanted me to sell my 2 yr old before he was gelded because he was worried about me getting kicked but I grit my teeth and stuck it out, yes there was days when you wanted to strangle the we bugger but the best thing you can do is stay calm but be firm with him.
He will learn, the last stud yard I worked in at one point had about 20 colts grazing and I got the lovely job of feeding them one day.. I had to drop the buckets and run lol.. the behaviour issues your colt is showing are quite typical.
My 2yr old will still nay away to the horses next door but I think its more him been a nosey wane. My mares currently in heat and he has hardly looked at her.
You'll be shocked how quick the hormone rush will fizzle out of him.

But I will say again, once hes come around from the op Id get him started on a new training regime... inregards to having him with another horse, this could maybe solve the issue of him glaring away at the horses next door.. he might just be lonely, horses are herd animals and like company. As long as hes out with a well manned horse that he can learn from I dont think youd have any issues with that idea.. hope this helps
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Originally Posted by TimberRidgeRanch View Post
he wants a friend lol.
My thoughts aswell
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What your colt needs is an older, been there done that mare to help set him straight with his antics. When he is gelded it will take anywhere from maybe a month or so for all the male hormones to pass out of his system. After that he most likely will settle down somewhat. However, you maybe in for some issues with his learned behavior at this point.

Best Wishes for a successful outcome...
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Thanks for you input guys. And yes TimberRidgeRanch i know hes probs lonely and i am in the process of looking for another horse. Once he has been gelded i will be getting one. So hopefully that might solve some problems
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My horse was alone when I first got him and he acted somewhat similar, wasn't bucky around me, but deffinately not calm. He really wanted to be with the other horses. Where I board they think horses should be alone in order to bond with you and not another horse. (pishaw) The situation changed quickly when he DID paw the fence and got a small cut. It was very small, but I panicked when I saw the blood. We have a pasture buddy for him now. He is a different horse. I'm not sure my horse likes the friend I picked for him, but the little guy was free LOLOL (mini donkey)
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