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post #1 of 3 Old 06-12-2012, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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Question Advice please??

hi, i have a yearling cob gelding who has become quite nasty.

He is in the field with my other horse who is a mare he rears up at her kicking out all the time and biting her on the neck she doesnt react to him what so ever but he still coutinues to do it.

Sometimes when i am handeling him he will be very laid back but other times he will try to bite me, i give him a smack to let him know he is not to do it but this does not work. Also i was in the field yday and he was running towards me bucking and jumping round. i wave my arms and try to scare him away to let him know he should not come into my space but he just does not listen.

He isnt always like this but lately it has been happening more.

Any help would be great. Thanks

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post #2 of 3 Old 06-12-2012, 07:24 AM
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It is up to your mare to decide how she wants to discipline him and it's up to you to make him mannerly. It seems he is figuring out how to boss you and it's working. When you go into the field, always carry a crop and don't be afraid to use it. Just waving it at arms length is usually enough to make a horse pay mind. When he attempts to bite, smacking does nothing but turn it into a game for him. Start by leading him and put your hand about 3' down the lead rope. Hold your hand about waist height and suddenly flap your elbow (remember the chicken dance) with it pointing toward his muzzle. then carry on. Continue to do this randomly. He won't want to get hit by it. When you groom, again, suddenly flap your elbow. If he does try to bite, make sure than when he hits your elbow it is memorable so deliver a solid elbow jab. Don't worry about hurting "Precious" as he doesn't mind hurting you. When you work around him, be business like and no lovies as the lovies can work against you. This is what gets a lot of females in to trouble with horses.
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post #3 of 3 Old 06-12-2012, 08:20 AM Thread Starter
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Thankyou for your advice i will defo try the elbow thing lol.

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