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post #1 of 4 Old 04-19-2012, 10:45 AM Thread Starter
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Hmm. My calm horse is acting.. I'll just say odd!

I will start with some key points that I think are possibly important factors.

She seems pissy, can I say that on here? If not, I'm sure someone will correct me.

1. She is in heat
2 A new mini Mare moved into the pasture next to her (our neighbors land)
3. She also has a sore near her front leg. I'm gonna call it her armpit, LOL

We had a fabulous weekend with her. While our 11 year old son was holding her by her lead Hubby was riding Thunder the QH. As he came close Bama turned trying to see where Thunder went. Well when she turned a little abruptly it startled Alex and he got a little nervous. He called for one of our older boys to come and take the lead/horse. I don't think Bama missed that..

Fast forward to yesterday.. (the Mini moved in Tuesday)

Hubby was watching the horses from the kitchen window. He noticed when the mine (whose name is Waffle ( snicker, snicker) would come near the fence Bama would move quickly, but not a run, over near the fence, but did not go all the way to it, she would stomp her feet AT her. Basically doing things to run her off and show her own dominance.

Yesterday, for the first time, she did the same thing to Alex. He was not in the pasture but was outside alone, across the fence in the yard. He called her over to him and was planning to pet her but she stopped short and did the same thing to him that she did to Waffle. He moved away from the fence. Hubby went out with Alex and she did it again.

I think she is trying to put both Waffle and Alex in their place within the herd. Alex is a pretty small kid and I KNOW she sensed that bit of fear the other day. --

When I got home I went out and caught her. I haltered her, put her on her lead and brought her out of the pasture. I lunged her for about 5 minutes and took her to the barn to groom. Alex held the lead while I curried her, brushed her out and rubbed all of her legs. She was perfect. She let Alex brush her and pet her. -- So we went back to the pasture. Alex wanted to take off her halter and set her free. We he walked into the pasture she DID IT to him again. He startled and ran back out of the gate. -- I had him come back and we did an approach and retreat about 10 or so times. She got so that she would walk up to him and let him pet her.

We stopped on that good note and I released her to graze.

Will someone please give some input, guidance, advice, correction, or opinions.. Is she trying to put Alex and Waffle in their place? Did I handle it correctly (where Alex is concerned)? What should I do or could I do differently?
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post #2 of 4 Old 04-19-2012, 11:07 AM
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OK, yes, I think you are doing ok, but I woudl go a LOT farther.

Offering to be agressive to a human, IMO, is something that has to be STOMPED on HARD. She coudl easily kill your small child. I would set her up with small child on the othe side of a fence holding her lead and ask her to ask her to move forward, or to the side etc. Something, anything. If the mare acts agressively, you come and and spend the next minute beating the living crap out of my mare -using a rope of whip, your choise, (only her face if off limits) - you must make her think that she is going to die because you are going to kill her.

Repeat in serveral different situations, always with the kid in a SAFE location, but I would see that horse covered in welts.

You might only have to do it once for her to get the idea that you, momma, is going to protect your baby at all costs to her.
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I've seen deer stamp in a threatening gesture but not horses. The mini next door has dumped the applecart and your mare isn't sure of her position. Altho the fence divides, not in her mind. Her first stamp may have been an act of being unsure. She may have still been a little hyped when the little fellow was holding her. If her stamping startled him she may have quickly figured out how to send him away. It may take a few weeks for the horses to get used to having a new neighbor.
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I have to agree. I think she sensed his fear and she saw that her reaction to it made him go away.

I did not see the stamping myself, she did not do it at all while I was with her.

Our gelding is actually the lead horse, so as you stated, she doesn't know her position at the moment. I felt like she was trying to gain some ground and hold her position as 2nd. All the other horses within "reach" are all geldings. - She doesn't like it at all when our gelding is fraternizing with the mini mare at the fence.
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