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post #1 of 16 Old 09-09-2012, 08:31 AM Thread Starter
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Question Playful or Meanful?

My 3 year old palomino boy likes to gallop in circles around me and then fully charge at me but trys to make sure he misses. I'm very confused, I've been playing with him like this for a couple of days now and wondering what he is up too. Thank you for reading and hope he is being Playful.
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post #2 of 16 Old 09-09-2012, 08:53 AM
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Doesn't matter WHAT his intent is, it's dangerous and you need to stop encouraging this kind of behaviour.
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You'll know when one of his hooves are in your mouth :p

Yeah um
.. Playful or not. You're a human, he's a horse. You need to start correcting him.
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I've been playing with him like this for a couple of days now
STOP playing with him and get a dog. You are going to make him into a dangerous 1000# attack dog.

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I agree - this is, at the moment play but it will soon turn into him carrying it further, rearing up at you, smashing his head against yours.

Stop it immediately.
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Is this horse gelded? If not, do so asap.

Have you owned him from birth/weaning? How much real ground training has he had? He should have had a great deal by now and respect your space and you. It sounds as though he considers you a playmate/sibling and not the alpha in his life. Does he do this just with you or with other humans?

When does he do this? When you are trying to catch him? Walking through the pasture? Or ??

Has he been very much a 'pet' and spoiled during his life? Have you or someone else, actually played with him in the past, when he's loose. By that, I mean running, dodging etc.

What do you do when he does as you've reported?

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Oh goodness, this is so very dangerous. Please stop doing it immediately.

You are basically putting your head in a lions mouth, sure it might be fine the times you have done it without getting hurt - but then there will be the time when that's not the outcome.
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post #8 of 16 Old 09-09-2012, 12:26 PM
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Horses do not "play" and act like this. He's threatening you and if you keep treating it lighting, one day he's going to follow through on his threat.

I can't think of anything else to add that hasn't already been said.
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post #9 of 16 Old 09-09-2012, 12:28 PM
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oh god... that's going to end up badly.. on your part:/
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post #10 of 16 Old 09-09-2012, 12:41 PM
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That was one thing that scared me with my wife. She wouldn't listen to me to knock off playing with our young gelding until she came very close to getting hurt. Luckily she wasn't hurt and finally came to realize what I had been telling her.
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