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    10-02-2009, 09:43 PM
  #1
Weanling
Embarrassing behaviour...

Well... I've been noticing some behavior in Cricket and it is rather... Embarrassing. I havent been TRULY embarrassed by my own horse in like... Ever.


She seems to get along with the two geldings on wither side of her, Willy and Juaquine, quite fine. They sniff once in a while but as far as I see (and I do alot...) they're quite fine with eachother. UNLESS I happen to be in the corral. Then she gets rather agressive. She'll pin her ears at both of them when they come over close to her corral, and in extreme cases she'll buck and kick the corral that seperates them. Every time she has done it, it hasn't been to horribly bad (just ears pinned and teeth bared) and has been way too fast for me to do much of anything about it.

Well, today I was in her corral brushing her and cleaning her udders, when Juaquine pressed his nose up to the corral and nickered. She flipped. She pinned her ears and jumped forward, she shreiked and then proceded to kick the fence. Then she stood between me and Juaquine with her ears pinned and her lips tight as all heck... It was embarrassing because there were alot of people around, and I was so taken off guard by her behaviour I didn't even know what the heck I was supposed to do to correct her.

Has anyone ever had anything like this happen with their horses? It's only if I'M in the corral. If I'm not around, they get along JUST fine. So I'm really confused. All I can think of is that she's being territorial, but wouldn't she be like that whether I was in the corral or not?

I don't know. Share your oppinions I guess... Theres alot of older trail riders at the ranch with older, well behaved horses who are calm and laid back... And every eye was on me like "Look at THAT girl with a crazy-azz horse..."

Yeah, no... She's a good girl. It was very surprising.
     
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    10-02-2009, 10:33 PM
  #2
Weanling
It sounds like she calls herself being protective. Does she act dominantly or pushy towards you at all? Sometimes if a horse feels that they are in charge it also means they think they should be a protector. We had a mare like that, and once she realized that she was NOT the boss she began allowing the other horses closer without flipping out. I don't know if this is any help, but I hope you get it all figured out. I hate when one is awesome everywhere and acts out at the worst moments (when EVERYBODY is around)
     
    10-02-2009, 10:41 PM
  #3
Weanling
Yeah I hope I get it figured out too. She is very well behaved on ground. She fallows me just about anywhere when I turn her out in the big arena. I wouldn't say that she's VERY pushy, I'd say that she's a six-year-old who is pushing buttons and learning what she can and cannot do. She pushes buttons, and she gets responses. So, I think we're just learning alot right now. But once I get the point across to her, she's very quick in changing her ways. She's a very smart little girl.
     
    10-03-2009, 12:56 PM
  #4
Trained
Maybe she doesn't want those other geldings taking you from her? So that's why she puts on a show anytime you're out there?

When you are grooming/fussing with her, does she have a halter/lead on? Or does she just stay by you?

I would just be careful when you are out there with her.
     
    10-03-2009, 06:09 PM
  #5
Weanling
Usually when I groom her I have her tied outside of the arena. But we're still working on being tied to something because she freaks out and pulls. And the last time she freaked out and pulled, her lead rope snapped and she fell over backwards. So I'm pretty hesitant to tie her all the time. It's something we're working on. She does ground tie. In most cases I'll have her ground tied in her corral, or working on being tied. She usually just stays super close. So in this case she didn't have anything on and she was just standing by me.
     
    10-04-2009, 02:33 AM
  #6
Started
Zeus pins his ears at other horses when I'm with him in the pasture, and if they don't take the hint he'll kick. Doesn't do it out of the pasture though. Ever. Sounds like exactly the same thing. Because he gets along wonderfully with them when I'm not there. I chock it up to not wanting the share his "mom time".
     

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