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post #1 of 2 Old 06-11-2011, 04:07 AM Thread Starter
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Aggressive filly

This spring I bought a young pinto draft filly. When I first went to visit her, (before purchase) she was extremely fearful of anybody approaching her. She had'nt been handled much, (not even stabled) except for veterinary visits and once with a farrier.
When I brought her home she was still afraid of being approached or touched. So I spent the entire afternoon just hanging out with her, basically just being a horse. At the end of the first day she would let me rub her forehead, and scratch her neck a bit. The next day, she followed me into the barn and allowed me to put a halter on her, I did'nt have to trick her, force her or anything. Since then she has followed me around like a puppy. She will let me do almost anything with her. For example, I've only had her 2 weeks... today I gave her a bath, she stood and let me turn the hose on all over her, cover her with a wool cooler afterwards, and spray her from head to toe with conditioner.
The first week I had her, she was still nervous of people other than me. The last 5 days or so, she has started to act aggressive towards anyone else who comes into her paddock or tries to touch or handle her. She threatens to bite, and sometimes threatens to kick. (But has'nt done either yet.)
I should mention, that some of the people she has been aggressive towards are trainers and very experienced with horses. Whenever she acts like that, I tell her NO!, and make her back off, but that seems to make her even worse. I am finding it difficult to come up with an appropriate solution because she is not aggressive towards me, only other people. I don't want to her chased around a round pen, because I think it will put too much stress on her legs at this young age. Also, I think it is very important to nip this problem in the bud, as she just turned a year 2 days ago, but is already 14.2 hands and almost 900lbs.
I would greatly appreciate advice from anyone who has dealt with this type of situation.
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post #2 of 2 Old 06-11-2011, 11:51 AM
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I had a gelding like this. I taught him what he needed to know in the round pen and under saddle because like your filly, he was not aggressive at all toward me. At that point, I started bringing other experienced horse people in to do his excersise. I would catch him in the pasture and hand him off to the other person, then let him see me walk away. I would go somewhere where he couldn't see me at all (like sit in my truck with dark tinted windows, or go up in the hay loft and peak out the door). He would always try to ignore the people or sometimes kick out in the round pen, but as long as the "trainer" knew how to remain in charge of the situation, it usually only took day one in the round pen, and day two started in the round pen and then the other person could saddle and ride him. After about the 4th person to do this with him, I could send anyone into the pasture or round pen with him and he minded his manners. It just takes time and some willing, knowledgable helpers! Just start by teaching her manners. She will never know which behavior she's doing wrong if she doesn't know how to act correctly first.

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