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    02-10-2009, 09:12 AM
Agressive horse - any ways to do something?

Not quite sure that's an appropriate section, but... Do the horses attack smaller animals in their fields? Is it normal? Is there any way at all to make them more tolerant?

I rescued groundhog last year, which was attacked by my paint (and boy, she was NOT joking), and last week I found a huge rat in field all smashed. Not fun, actually. I've seen her going after dogs and it looked scary. My qh is more calm about animals (except deers she tries to chase from field right away). But I'd love to make them more quiet about other animals if it's possible at all...
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    02-10-2009, 10:15 AM
Green Broke
Wow! I know how you feel. My mare is very tolerant of other animals coming into the fields, but my gelding is NOT! I haven't actually seen him stomp on anything, but he loves to chase the deer, turkeys, ducks, dogs and probably anything else that comes through the field.

Sounds like your horse is very territorial and feels she's doing her job.

Good luck, sorry couldn't offer any help.
    02-10-2009, 01:09 PM
It's more weird, because my qh is a STRONG alpha mare who bosses everyone on trails. She chases deers but looks like she does it more for fun.

My paint (who is low in pecking order out of them 2) is not having fun. She purposely attacks and looks very mean (with ears flat back, bared teeth and all). I'm just wondering why she behaves so and whether it'll go away with age...
    02-10-2009, 01:22 PM
Out of our 4 girls, Shiloh is the meany. She isn't alpha mare but she is young. She chases my barn cats, chickens and dogs out of her area. She hasn't killed anything yet, although I did see a 3-legged possum the other day
I honestly thought she was doing it for fun. I've watched her do it and it seems she is in more of a play stance than being mean. I may be wrong though
    02-10-2009, 01:35 PM
Trained is my thought to WHY, but I don't really know if there is anything to fix it.
Perhaps the reason your horse is going after the animals is because he IS on the lower end of the pecking order. These animals are the only thing he can boss around and so he does to remain dominant over them. I don't know if that makes sense having to do with groundhogs or anything...And I don't know why the stomping but that was what came to mind.

Sorry if that doesn't help much..
    02-10-2009, 02:31 PM
Funniest/weirdest thing I ever saw with my 2 geldings was with the "mentally unstable" Pomeranian we got suckered into babysitting...permanently....Yeah...that's a long story but anywho, back to the horses, Both Dumas and Twister didn't bother much with the chickens who would occasionally go looking for dropped feed, but this little dog was half blind and WOULDN"T STAY OUT of the horse pen!! She didn't bark or anything she just would walk all around, under the horses. One day I was out there and I SWEAR it HAD to be a joke between the horses because Twister all innocent like, and gentle, kicked the little dog hard enough to roll her over in the dirt and freak her out but not hard enough to cause any harm... I think I actually heard the horses laughing like teenage boys...

I don't know if there is anything you can do to create tolerance in their pen with wild creatures.....I've found many dead rats in the pasture...
    02-10-2009, 02:58 PM
George, the oldest and boss has just about killed a coyote and a wheelbarrow. He runs ducks out the field and has gone after a cats and dogs in the paddock. He also bite a tow truck driver that threatened my husband.... Long story. We don't stop him from doing any of these things, expect maybe the wheelbarrow, he's out guard horse and it's just fine with us. George is now 17, so the coyote happened a few years ago.

For your reading enjoyment here are stories my husband wrote about the coyote and the wheelbarrow- these are 100% true LOL:

George & The Coyote

We’ve come to regard our 13-year old quarterhorse, George as a “hero”. There are some clues in his background that hint as to why, but those are another story altogether. Suffice it to say that George “looks after” things in true alpha-horse fashion.

As I came home one afternoon to feed the horses, George thundered across the field with whinnies, snorts, and head-tossing; all signs of an “event”. He greeted me at the fence with a series of wuffles & snorts, turning his head towards the centre of the field all the while. I peered past him and noticed a barely distinguishable lump about 40 meters away. As I climbed the fence to investigate, George pranced off into the field with tail high & snorting all the way. Apparently this was no ordinary lump.

About the time I got close enough to realise the “lump” was not of that field, the “lump” moved! Maybe my eyes are finally giving out, or maybe I’m just thick, but I didn’t recognize that lump for what it was until it growled at me. I found myself staring at the most disheveled coyote I’ve ever seen. If a coyote could be born boneless, this is surely what one would have looked like.

The coyote tried in vain to raise himself, but there were simply too many broken bones to allow him to stand. But even as I watched, he managed a half-roll, half-flop, making surprisingly good time towards the edge of the field. In no time, that hapless bag of hurt disappeared over the edge of the ditch.

Looking over the battle zone afterwards I saw hoof prints everywhere, and the tufts of coyote fur deeply embedded into the ground underneath most of them pretty much told the rest of the story. I’m not sure how that critter got close enough to let George get the first kick, but it was undoubtedly the most painful, and last, mistake he ever made. A thorough inspection of George revealed nothing more than a few strands of tail hair out of place. We’ve had an increasing problem with coyotes locally, with them becoming so brazen that I’ve had to chase them out of the barn. Since that episode though, I’ve only caught glimpses, as they skip across every field but ours.

I would have liked to have had a taxidermist preserve that coyote, just like I found him. Picture him hanging from the gate, with a sign reading, “If you think you’re tougher than this, c’mon in!”

The WheelBarrow

I was cleaning stalls one lovely morning, just after feeding the boys. Just because I'm a picky kinda guy, we designated one wheelbarrow for feed, and another for poop. I had parked the feed wheeelbarrow just outside the barn door, and proceeded in to clean. George & Kooter both, being curious & helpful individuals, cirucited in & out throughout the process, seeing if they could be of any assistance (more likely they wanted to check if I'd left any errant scraps of hay or grain laying about, but this is my story & I'm going to tell it the way I want). Our barn is small, containing only 2 10x12 stalls fronted by a 4' aisleway that spans across both. This doesn't leave a lot of maneuvering room; explaining why the feed wheelbarrow was parked outside.

On one recon tour, George & Kooter managed to get themselves crammed into the same small space, & one of them had to back out. Being the Big Brother & Official Trailblazer, George took the initiative. As he backed out, he bumped his hocks on the feed wheelbarrow. Now normally this wouldn't have bothered him; he would have simply taken a step forward, re-aligned himself and continued on his way. This time however, he turned around, gave that wheelbarrow the oddest look, and suddendly embarked on a rather frightening rampage. Something inside George must have told him that wheelbarrow was inherently evil, possessed by a demon, or responsible for unspeakable sins wrought on scores of innocent souls. Whatever the reasoning behind it, the next few moments were rather striking; pardon the pun.

At first George just sort of grunted and turned his head to eye the first offending demon. Having taken sufficient aim, he then lambasted the wheelbarrow with both back feet; sending it whirling across the paddock & bouncing off the fence. I was just about to scold him for being somewhat over-reactive, when he decided that a simple double-barrelled kick was not sufficient to save mankind from a beast of this magnitude. He stomped over to the wheelbarrow, snorted loudly at it and to my complete surprise suddenly reared & brought both front feet down on it. No sooner had I yelled at him when he dealt another crushing blow to the now seriously misshapen thing; and another, and several more after that. In fact, by time George was done, there were pieces of that "unbreakable" wheelbarrow scattered across 3 paddocks, the driveway & the barn. Sweaty & puffing , but apparently quite proud, George stood for a moment to survey his handiwork, snorted one last time at it, then walked calmly away as though nothing had ever happened.

I've since taped the wheelebarrow back together (we now call it Frankenstein), and George holds no ill will towards it whatsoever. We never did figure what prompted that display; the closest we could imagine is that in some way George may have figured he was protecting his brother somehow. Hey, if you can come up with a better idea, I'm all ears.
    02-10-2009, 04:07 PM
I agree with Spastic Dove, if she is lower in pecking order out of the two, she is going try and establish dominance else where. As far as fixing the problem, I would not worry about it too much, pecking order and dominance is natural in horses and other herd animals. As long as she is not causing harm to you others, I would just let her be.
    02-10-2009, 07:35 PM
George is my HERO!!! Fantastic stories!!!!!
    02-10-2009, 08:24 PM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
It's more weird, because my qh is a STRONG alpha mare who bosses everyone on trails. She chases deers but looks like she does it more for fun.

My paint (who is low in pecking order out of them 2) is not having fun. She purposely attacks and looks very mean (with ears flat back, bared teeth and all). I'm just wondering why she behaves so and whether it'll go away with age...

You say she is low in the pecking order so she may just be acting like this to try and become higher in the order. She may feel like the others established their pecking order by having ago at her therefore she is lower so she feels she needs to establish pecking order with others, as she is very agressive and im guessing she makes them go away she may feel superior. Im not an expert at this so its just a suggestion. Hope it helps any.

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