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post #1 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 09:47 AM Thread Starter
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Horse's neighbor is dangerous


My horse Baloo is in a stable next to a new mare. This mare is, I dare say, crazy. If i walk Baloo out of his stable, she lunges after him- ears pinned back, teeth bared. All. The. Time.

Baloo is great about it, he totally ignores her, but her behavior worries me- because of the fact that she gets so absolutely blinded by the rage.

She IS friendly to people- but what if a person comes in between her and another horse? She completely forgets the person, and attacks away.
She's also started associating me with Baloo, so she's getting fairly agressive to me too.

The owner also seems to consider it quite funny that her horse is so dominant.

Am I being silly for getting mad about this? I mean, I know horses are horses, and especially mares, but it worries be just because of the fact that she completely disregards humans when another horse comes within 3-4 metres of her.
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post #2 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 09:50 AM
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You're right to feel concerned. Could you ask to have Baloo put into a different stall? Or the other horse to go somewhere else?

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post #3 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Bobthebuilder View Post
Am I being silly for getting mad about this?
Nope, the mare is dangerous.

I had an aggressive horse, but he was always controllable and never ignored or attacked humans. He knew if humans were around, that outside of making ugly faces at another horse, he was NOT allowed to act like a heathen. He was a gentleman under saddle and in hand, and was only turned out with a very select few horses he could stand to be around.

What the owner thinks is 'funny', is going to get that mare a one way ticket to being euthed when she finally decides to savage someone and/or their horse. I hope her owner has a very large liability policy, as she'll be responsible for all medical and vet bills for whoever her mare attacks.

There is simply NO excuse to allow a horse to act like that. Aggressive horses can be managed with proper training, but the owner has to make an effort.

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post #4 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 10:00 AM
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Is the mare's owner the barn owner/manager or just another boarder? If it's the latter, you need to speak with the BO/BM about the situation and request either a change of stall for your horse and/or they need to address the issue of having a dangerous horse on the property by requesting either the behavior be corrected by the owner or the horse is moved as this is a big liability. If it's the former, your hands are tied and you would be best served by looking for a different barn.
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Are they in stalls or corrals? If stalls, can they or do they, have a top door that could be kept shut? My stalls have solid lower doors and bars in the top 1/2 of the stall walls, so they can see and smell but can't attack or bully. If there's a horse who tends to charge the door I just keep the top door shut and they can make ugly faces but they can't do anything. And they very quickly learn that their behaviour isn't acceptable or they go elsewhere.

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I have known quite a few horses that would charge the front of the stall when another horse was led by. It really doesn't mean that the horse is dangerous. I have the sweetest filly right now who is the queen of dirty looks when a horse is led by HER stall.we have had others who would all put attack the front of the stall for another horse. They were all easy to handle.

Being in stalls is unnatural. It becomes their world. They are the dominant ones. They get possessive of their space and may not want another horse near it. Get away! This is MY territory. MY food! MY water! And when you lead the horse away as you are doing anyway, she wins.

I have had horses that when turned out are functional herd members, where in the stall charge the fronts. It is just one of many stall created vices that exist.
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post #7 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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The owner is another boarder- and I have asked to be moved, but there are no spaces at the moment.

Even so, I feel like it is a liability regardless- the horse will still be aggressive to other horses, and will still have no regard for people- which is the big problem. Especially seeing as the mare is 17.1hh, she's not exactly small.

It's also not just an in barn situation, even in the arenas when being ridden she is exactly the same.

The owner is also the type of person you'd rather not end up on the wrong side of so to speak. (Yelled at a person for accidentally taking her halter).

I guess B.O is the way to go : /
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post #8 of 24 Old 11-08-2012, 12:55 PM
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Sadly, a lot of people seem to get off on their animals behaving like *******s......
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Originally Posted by themacpack View Post
Sadly, a lot of people seem to get off on their animals behaving like *******s......
Sounds like the horse is behaving like the owner....ooops, was that my outside voice?
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When she comes at him I'd whip her with. Lunge whip so she will run away, learn to respect the horse and handler as they walk by.
I had a few when I first got them that didn't know this rule but now I can catch the least dominant horse and because they know he's with me they get away.
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