A horse flinging itself into walls injuring itself is not normal behavior, IMO. Pacing, screaming, pawing and rearing, kicking maybe. But, not totally self destructive behavior. I would be worried about turning her out unless you have a stallion pen with high and safe fencing. This behavior may not improve outside.
I agree with a trainer and DO worry that she may have been "calmed" by the previous owners to make a sale. Tread carefully as there really are dangerous horses. Do not put yourself in harms way, if you can help it.
I would consult the previous owners but really doubt you will get much help there, even if the horse has a bad history. It will likely go like this....."she was always SO well behaved here" "What have YOU done to her?" Even if this horse had crippled three of her previous trainers.
Be very careful and approach this situation realistically and with your eyes wide open. I don't mean to scare you, but I don't want you to get harmed.
Thank you very much! At least someone else see's this, I KNOW about adjusting and new horses and such but MY LORD what I saw that horse doing was INSANE to say the least.
I am not one of those people that say poor thing she's crazy bc she was abused, I KNOW she was. Her whole body was shaking around my dad and neighbor, everytime you raise your arm above your shoulder she jerks back, and if someone is walking behind you carrying ANYTHING she's constantly looking back NERVOUS.
I know what a spoiled horse is too, and I think all the girl did that I bought her from was build her trust with her and nothing else. No WORK, No Ground Manners, nothing that would keep someone from getting hurt.
And I'd love to just turn her out with the others and let her adjust but what if she doesn't....running through the fence would be a piece of cake for her compared to what she did to the stalls. I want to give her a chance but its waaay more comlicated than working through a couple issues or simply letting her get comfortable in her surroundings. Then I don't want to just sell her to someone who wouldn't work with her through this. She's dangerous for me and the kids who'll be at my barn, but it seems there's a really sweet horse inside of her just getting her to calm down long enough to think
Yes and I have gotten that exact response....
....she has NEVER done that there. WEll no duh that's because you've never done anything w her but spoil her bc she was scared when she came to you....making my end even worse than when that girl got her!!!