My horse doesn't like me! - The Horse Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 11 Old 04-03-2011, 12:58 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Mid-Ga
Posts: 49
• Horses: 0
My horse doesn't like me!

I recently purchased an awesome looking paint from the local horse sale. I know you aren't suppose t do this but she is great to look at, about 8yrs old. The problem is I think she really does not like me at all! If I walk up to her to pet her she will walk off,doesn't seem to have this problem with other people. I have been thrown 3 times, ran over once,drug once,kicked at,I like her but I think the feeling is not mutural. Has onyone else had this problem and what should I do about it?
seven is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 11 Old 04-03-2011, 01:30 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 432
• Horses: 3
Ground work, ground work, ground work. I once had a horse that treated me much the same way, and in all honesty it hurt my feelings so badly. Especially since we seemed to click before I bought him.
But, he was just trying to push my buttons and be the boss. I worked with him on the ground for about a week, and groomed and groomed and groomed. Once he saw that A) I was the boss and B) I wasn't going to torture him with my strange devices (saddle, reins, brushes, etc.) he came around rather quickly.
You are just being plain out disrespected, right now. Make her understand what you're about. It will take some time, but barring any physical ailment, she should snap to it.
Good Luck!!!

He knows when you're happy
He knows when you're comfortable
He knows when you're confident
And he always knows when you have carrots.
~Author Unknown~
Dusty1228 is offline  
post #3 of 11 Old 04-03-2011, 02:43 PM
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: I don't know
Posts: 1,158
• Horses: 1
Not to be a wet blanket but if it was a horse sale or an auction and the horse had a different temperment at the sale, most likely the horse was drugged and it has worn off. Happens all the time, hence why I never encourage people to buy horses from the auctions UNLESS they are expeirenced and know what sign are to a drugged horse.
She doesn't sound like the right horse for you. She may be pretty but that does not appeal to me in my books. Do you work with a trainer? Is this your first horse?

Live to ride. Ride to live.
Tasia is offline  
post #4 of 11 Old 04-03-2011, 02:53 PM
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: SE Kansas
Posts: 10,620
• Horses: 5
If the horse just didn't make nice with you and accept hugs and kisses I wouldn't worry about it. I've had a couple of great horses that were like that. I didn't take it personally, as long as they worked when I asked them to.
It sounds like this horse has no respect for you. I agree with everyone that says groundwork is the best answer. Either learn how via a DVD trainer or one in your area or sell the horse. You're going to get really hurt if you don't.

"Until one has loved an animal, part of one's soul remains unawakened..."
- Anatole France
Vidaloco is offline  
post #5 of 11 Old 04-03-2011, 03:30 PM
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: France, near Dunkirk
Posts: 59
• Horses: 0
Like Dusty and Vidaloco: groundwork... show her you're someone she has to respect, and who is worth knowing... But before all, respect, you have to make yourself respected...
stephnello is offline  
post #6 of 11 Old 04-03-2011, 05:05 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Middle-of-Nowhere, Illinois
Posts: 2,225
• Horses: 1
My horse hated me when I first brought him home. I know the feeling. I found that the only way to make peace with him was to win his respect. It's not a given, it's something you have to earn, and to earn it, you have to deserve it. If that makes sense. Like Dusty said, doing things with her on the ground is the best thing you can do at the moment. Asking an experienced teacher would be a good thing, as well.

"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is ultimately to be at peace with himself.
What a man can be, he must be.
" Abraham Maslow, 1968
Jessabel is offline  
post #7 of 11 Old 04-03-2011, 09:32 PM
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Connecticut
Posts: 8,157
• Horses: 0
If it can't be solved in a few ground work sessions, I'd sell her and find a better fit. A pretty horse is no good if it spends all it's time trying to kill you.

You just have to see your don't have to like it.
MyBoyPuck is offline  
post #8 of 11 Old 04-03-2011, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Mid-Ga
Posts: 49
• Horses: 0
Thanks,we will start ground work Mon.
seven is offline  
post #9 of 11 Old 04-03-2011, 10:58 PM
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: CAnada
Posts: 50
• Horses: 0
I agree with the groundwork... I hope it works. Sometimes you just never click with a horse. My sister and I shared a morgan/arab cross as our first horse, and we got it because she wanted it, not really me... I mean, I wanted a horse, but she wasn't really my type.

And man did I ever work through alot of problems with her... We rode this horse without a trainer until she got really really bad. Like, wouldn't take a step in the ring. At all. So I decided to beat her with the crop until she went. 2 minutes of whacking... then she took about 10 steps. So of course praise galore. Next time she stopped, I only had to hit her a couple of times. It got better and better from there. I jumped 3' with her, did lots of trail rides (once I helped her over her fear of every kind of automobile), had fun... I definitely earned her respect and she always whinied at me when I came up to the barn, but we never really liked each other all that much...

I guess what I'm saying is, I hope it works out for you. But I really think it's important to buy a horse for you. One that you get along with.
Islandmudpony is offline  
post #10 of 11 Old 04-04-2011, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Mid-Ga
Posts: 49
• Horses: 0
thanks for the suggestions we will start ground work today and probably see a trainer later this month.
Posted via Mobile Device
seven is offline  

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome