Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: North Dakota, USA
I've been meaning to reply to this thread but haven't had time there is a lot of good advice, so I won't go into that you need to correct it or how. What I would like to focus on is why.
Horses aren't aggressive or act that way by nature. Two reasons a horse acts aggressive. Instinct or learned behavior. Yes a stallion will be aggressive to protect his herd and a mare will be to protect a foal. But that's not the situation. Their instinct is flight or fight. If their escape is taken away, like a round pen or even a stall, fight will kick in. Learned behavior happens over time. It could be that the first time they test a human with the bad behavior, it worked and they get left alone. If it keeps working, they will continue to do it.
You say that he's already had 7 or 8 owners. Why do you think he went thru so many? When you get a new horse, most people are all excited and coo over the horse. Once the newness wears off, they don't act that way any more and give less attention to the horse. When a horse is moved, or sold, they will act laid back and kind of timid. After a while and they get used to things, they will test the waters. This could easily be what is happening to your horse. He gets sold and after a couple of weeks he tests the waters, acts aggressive. He then gets left alone and sold because he's "aggressive". Each time he is sold, he gets timid again but tests the waters after a couple weeks. The cycle keeps repeating and he learns that if he acts aggressive, he'll get left alone.
Also, with so many different owners, he hasn't been able to connect with a human or learn to trust. We had the same problem with one of ours. We were he sixth owner and he was only 6. It took a couple years before he started to come around to trusting us.
Hopefully that helps you understand why he could be acting that way.
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