Since I had denny back from the last trainer. I have been trying different things to overcome his field aggression. I have NOT used the e-collar.
Saying that I have made it a goal to make sure I am leader/boss at ALL TIMES. I am to eat first if I want the hay or grain. If he or any other horse who tries to step into me while I am near grain or hay will be punished until they back up. Not with hand but with lunge whip and lead and plastic bag. "(kind of looks like scary ninja) and it is working alittle.
Since I was chasing them all away from the food when I put it out I have been established as a form of leader when I am there in the field. Since doing this for 2 weeks straight denny has calmed abit when I enter the field. He does not initially put his ears back. He just waits and watches to see what I am doing. If I am to catch him I catch all the other horses first. No big deal only 3 before him. :( but it is working. Once all of them are out I go in with a bucket with a little grain. He stands and waits for me. I put the halter on then put bucket on ground let him eat a bite then proceed to lead him out. After a few weeks of this as well, I could walk up to him with a bucket and 2 treats inside and catch him no problems with no ears pinning or charging.
Well even with his progress (or what I presume as progress) I have still sent him to a trainer. (the last trainer) and I have told him of what I have been doing and such. He says he will continue on that path and see if it works. And slowly workout the bucket factor.
I dropped him off on sunday and I already miss the brat. I hope this works I would really like to not lose him as I have finally found a slight solution to this aggression.
thanks guys the trainer called me last night with a little update.
Day one with trainer little success...
First time in field denny charged the trainer. He said denny had is ears flat before he even entered the field. Not so good but the trainer said he was putting him into a roundpen with dirt and no unlimited access to food or water so that denny will realize the trainer is the reason he gets to eat and drink. He is limited to when the trainer gives him water and feed which is supposedly every 2 hours. Not sure if I like this so pls put your 2 cents in.. pls.??!?
But he said after not giving him full range of feed and water for the first 2 hours after the first incident he calmed abit and realized to just give space. And that he didn't pin his ears or charge but just watched. The trainer didn't try to touch him but wants to keep this up to see if he comes to him with the constant check ups and feedings. He also says it is not a lack of exercise he just doesn't seem to be high energy. He thinks denny is pretty lazy and would rather just hang around then do much... which is kind of true.
Still crossing fingers my firend who works for the trainer is double checking to make sure he is getting watered and feed every two hours and will call me if he is not... but I still am kind of concerned with that approach :(
that's what I thought but I don't know much about it. This trainer said this horse is very food oriented and that by dictating when he can or cannot eat or drink will help realize he is not boss.. not sure how that works :( but as this trainer says " 2 hours will not make a horse starving or thirsty for death" I know that is true but I don't think it will solve the aggression.
thanks duffy :) I hope this trainer doesn't make it worse. I am really nervous. I am really contemplating taking him out in a few days if there is any weight loss or major attitude changes I see by this weekend.