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    08-31-2012, 02:51 PM
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4 yo mare just became agressive all of a sudden in the coral.

Put a halter on my horse have her a sponge bath everything was fine. Took the halter off and about 5 mins later she started ribbing her head on me more forcefully then usual. I kinda pushed her head away, told her no. Then she did it again a few mins later but then she started pushing me and bobbing her head. I put my hand up and said woa a few times. I climed the fence out of the coral, which I know I should not have done. Why would she be like that?
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    08-31-2012, 03:33 PM
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Green Broke
It depends what you do with her. Sometimes when a horse gains confidence they can become pushy and then try and dominate you.
You need to get firmer with her by the sounds of it. Don't be afraid to give her a good hard smack on the neck or a boot to the chest. There's no way you can physically hurt her more than another horse would. Make sure she backs & stays out of your space when you don't want her there. Lead mares don't *****-foot around they get firm and assertive.
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    08-31-2012, 03:36 PM
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Started
She can't rub on you if she is fife feet away. My mare can be a clingy, needy brat who wants to be all over you. I just whack her with my hat and keep her away from me until she can be polite.

Heat and hormones sound like they might be getting to her. No excuse for bad behavior, but it could be an explanation.
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    08-31-2012, 03:38 PM
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head rubbing

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Originally Posted by NerissaLynn    
Put a halter on my horse have her a sponge bath everything was fine. Took the halter off and about 5 mins later she started ribbing her head on me more forcefully then usual. I kinda pushed her head away, told her no. Then she did it again a few mins later but then she started pushing me and bobbing her head. I put my hand up and said woa a few times. I climed the fence out of the coral, which I know I should not have done. Why would she be like that?
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Well she was invading your space without invitation and that's a 'no no' but are you sure she was actually being aggressive? Did she have her ears pinned? In this hot weather horses can get really itchy and sometimes being wet can aggravate that, she might just have been wanting to use you as a scratching post
Explain the boundaries firmly to her the next time she does it - a good slap never hurt any horse that's otherwise treated with total fairness
     
    08-31-2012, 04:40 PM
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Green Broke
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Originally Posted by NerissaLynn    
Put a halter on my horse have her a sponge bath everything was fine. Took the halter off and about 5 mins later she started rubbing her head on me more forcefully then usual. I kinda pushed her head away, told her no. Then she did it again a few mins later but then she started pushing me and bobbing her head. I put my hand up and said woa a few times. I climed the fence out of the coral, which I know I should not have done. Why would she be like that?
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The part in red is your answer. You gave her an inch & she took a mile.
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    08-31-2012, 04:50 PM
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I think all of you are right, I bed to learn more confidence. I've only been in the horse world a few months and am learning everyday. It just freaked me out a bit she's never done that before and I got kinda freaked out. Thanks for the help
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    08-31-2012, 09:20 PM
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Green Broke
Horses should not rub on you, ever. And I imagine you would benefit from some lessons on handling horses, and reading a horse too.

Any time you correct a horse, and it is not firm, you are teaching the horse to ignore your wants, and to do what they want to.
     
    08-31-2012, 09:26 PM
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Showing
^ Exactly. If you have to discipline him for the same thing twice, the first time wasn't forceful enough. Next time he does this, stand your ground and push him away like you mean it. Let him know this type of behavior is NOT acceptable.
     
    09-01-2012, 01:00 AM
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Such intense rubbing might happen if she got some stinging soap in her eye.

STill, it's a bad habit to tolerate, easy to fix.
     
    09-01-2012, 01:12 AM
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Trained
I feel it is a good idea for inexperienced horse handlers to not give a horse any reason to act badly. That includes, but is not limited to, rubbing on you, hand feeding, and tricks. I allow my girls to rub on me, but they know I have to offer the rub, and if I don't offer, they don't try. But I know my horses and have been working with horses for quite awhile. In the meantime, do not allow the horse to rub on you anymore, give her a good smack on the nose if she ever tries. Your elbows are a pretty good tool to let her run into as well, if she goes to rub. I don't think she got aggressive or vicious, but it could very quickly become too much of a problem for you to handle. Good luck!
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