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    09-16-2013, 08:10 PM
  #1
Yearling
Exclamation Help Dangerous situation not sure what to do!

So My BOs went out of town and left their critters in my care including their 5-6 month old filly not sure which. Anyway things had been ok until today. The filly gets grain and wormer in the grain so have to go into her in closer to get to the food which they keep in the old chicken coop. The last two days she's just followed me and just pinned her ears back after she got her food. Which I didn't go anywhere near her after that. Today was different she starting rearing up and pinning her ears back while I was trying to get to her feed. I was afraid she was going to come down on me. She's not that big but it would still hurt like hell. I have no idea how to handle this! I waved my hands and tried to shoe her away but that just made it worse. This Filly has no manners and I honestly think they took her mother away too soon. I have to feed her until Sunday what am I supposed to do? Should I take a crop down there with me or something?
     
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    09-16-2013, 08:18 PM
  #2
Yearling
I was always told when a horse got that bad at you during feeding time, throw a handful their grain at them and feel free to let out a curse or two. Either that or I've found clumps of mud, both work in my opinion/experience. Although it isn't your horse so there's not a lot you can do, but keeping yourself safe is the #1 most important thing! I personally don't like using the crops/whips because I don't want to spook them from their use or think that it means they're in trouble so the mud/grain works.
     
    09-16-2013, 08:30 PM
  #3
Weanling
Take a whip with you and use it to keep her away from you. She is disrespectful and dangerous, as long as you don't beat her she will not get shy from a whip, a crop is to short you need something to keep her away from you. You think her mother or any other grown horse will put up with that king of behavior? Absolutely not! If she were with older horses they would bite, kick and chase her out of their space, use the whip and make her move her feet out of your space, if you have to whack once or twice then do it. Your not going to do anything worse then an alpha mare would do getting her to be respectful of her space and moving out of it. Be safe.
     
    09-16-2013, 08:34 PM
  #4
Yearling
She is testing you, not uncommon. It NEEDS to be addressed. Take a crop with you next time but use it more as your "arm" if you will. If she does not respect it still, use it on her, not whipping but usually a swift slap will get their attention. A crop longer than a riding crop would be in your favor, you will have more space in between you and the horse but use what you can. Horses have a place in their "herd." She is trying to establish her dominance over you as she would in a herd. Don't think human, think horse. An older horse would kick her butt!
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    09-16-2013, 08:43 PM
  #5
Weanling
I second gssw5's advice. That is very dangerous behavior, and you need to do whatever it takes to stay safe. I definitely wouldn't go into her pen without a whip again.

I also agree with goneriding that it is not really uncommon for a youngster to test a person, especially a new caretaker.
     
    09-16-2013, 09:53 PM
  #6
Yearling
Thanks for the replies! I have a lunge whip in the tack room would that work? I mean no disrespect to my BOs but this horse needs to be thrown in the mare field and let them give her a reality check! They keep her cooped yup in this little area to close to the stallion (of course he's a good boy and does his own thing best sweetest stallion i've ever seen really.) They actually closed off a top gate so she wouldnt be right next to the stallion while they were gone. So now she's in a smaller area with no grass and no room to run. They are sweet old ppl but I don't think they have no clue how to handle younger horses. She going to be gorgous when she gets older but at the rate they going with her idk how she's going to turn out.
     
    09-16-2013, 09:55 PM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Incitatus32    
I was always told when a horse got that bad at you during feeding time, throw a handful their grain at them and feel free to let out a curse or two. Either that or I've found clumps of mud, both work in my opinion/experience. Although it isn't your horse so there's not a lot you can do, but keeping yourself safe is the #1 most important thing! I personally don't like using the crops/whips because I don't want to spook them from their use or think that it means they're in trouble so the mud/grain works.
Yeah I tried throwing grain at her today didnt work but the rooster got a snack lol
     
    09-16-2013, 09:59 PM
  #8
Yearling
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Originally Posted by gssw5    
Take a whip with you and use it to keep her away from you. She is disrespectful and dangerous, as long as you don't beat her she will not get shy from a whip, a crop is to short you need something to keep her away from you. You think her mother or any other grown horse will put up with that king of behavior? Absolutely not! If she were with older horses they would bite, kick and chase her out of their space, use the whip and make her move her feet out of your space, if you have to whack once or twice then do it. Your not going to do anything worse then an alpha mare would do getting her to be respectful of her space and moving out of it. Be safe.
Yeah I was thinking the same thing that her mother wouldnt let her get away with that crap. Which why I think they took her away to soon. But that's just me. I've never personally dealt with a horse this young before so I didnt really know what to respect. But I didnt expect her to change from the sweet horse she was when the BO was showing me what to do!
     
    09-16-2013, 10:08 PM
  #9
Yearling
Keep a plastic bag in your pocket. If she comes at you, flap it like hell.

This is how I did my yearling. And there's a difference between me desensitizing her with a plastic bag and me scaring the **** out of her with it on purpose. ;)
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    09-16-2013, 10:09 PM
  #10
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You don't necessarily have to actually hit the filly with the whip. You can smack the ground, or vibrate it noisily in the air to make her move off.
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