Join Date: May 2012
Location: West Central Indiana
I'm new to this forum, but had the same issue with my young mare that I rescued last Halloween. Pinny ears, bucking and kicking that I did not deal with aggressively enough eventually turned into a full blown charge, mouth open, ears pinned flat, which took me by surprise and after dodging her charge, I left the round pen until I felt brave enough to go back in with her to halter her and take her back to the barn.
About a week later and some researching under my belt, I sucked it up and took her back to the round pen and Voila! The very 1st thing she did was charge me after 1 trip around the pen, snaking her head, pinning her ears and bucking. This time, instead of running away from her, I side-stepped her as she got close and rapped her VERY sharply on the neck/shoulder, she went back to the edge, went about 1/2 lap and came in at me again, this time gave me about 8 feet, so I stepped into her and rapped her again hard on the neck/shoulder. The 3rd charge wasn't even close to me, but still hugely disrespectful, so I ran in and got her again and moved her feet good for a couple of laps. That was the last charging incident I had with her and largely our sessions now are mostly going very well, although she has her "lazy" days when she's less than enthusiast at 1st, but always willing and energetic before I quit her.