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    07-21-2011, 02:48 PM
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Anger Issues with my horse!

So my friend boards her horse in the same pasture as mine, which is nice as her horse serves my horse as a pasture mate and they get along great together. I have no complaints about her horse being their.

Okay, getting to the subject, he is a 8 year old Appaloosa who was in great shape from his previous owners BUT he shows some signs of abuse. In the morning when we feed me and my friend go in the pasture, grab the buckets and come back out, we fill the buckets up with oats and when we go back to the pasture gate, the horses are waiting their for us, we tell them "Back" and the promptly go to their feeding areas and we go in and set their feed down.
Okay, so when I set MY horses feed down I will then proceed to check him over from the night and give him a rub down, my friend doing the same thing, then I'll go over to her and her horse when Im done and as I get nearer, her horse will pin his ears back, Ill step back and then wait, then walk forward again and he'll then either try to swing his rear around and kick me or lunge at me. This agression is really dangerous... I know...

He doesnt mind my friend right by him but as soon as I walk over ther he'll get mad. But the weird thing is is that if I feed alone, without my friend he'll be fine with me by him and I can touch him and whatever with no problem. He also does this if your just in the pasture (He does this to everybody, including my friend/his owner) Like if you tell him to get back he'll proceed to lunge at you... A while back I was out in their field scooping poop and I brought out the camera and decided to film them for no random reason. And I caught one of his lunges on film!!! Its not only me that he gets mad at, its everyone. He's done it at least once to everyone that has gone out in the pasture... I would like to know how to solve this anger issue?

(I can't upload the video ATM as the internet is to slow)
     
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    07-21-2011, 03:04 PM
  #2
Showing
First of all, you need to designate "your" time and "my" time. "Your" time is when he is at leisure in the pasture, eating or just being a horse. I avoid asking much of a horse when he's on his own time, and you going up to him and bugging him when he's eating is going to create some reactions from him.

"My" time is anytime he is in a round pen, on a line, under saddle, or standing tied. You need to make it very clear that YOU are in charge when it's "my time." If he continues to act dangerously, as in lunging at you, it's time for a trainer to step in.
     
    07-21-2011, 03:35 PM
  #3
Green Broke
Sounds like disrespect to me, I'd take a crop and If he came at me all hell would break loose on that little pony. Abuse or not there is NO excuse for such dangerous behavior. The more you let him get away with it the worse it'll get.
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    07-21-2011, 04:35 PM
  #4
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Gallop On    
So my friend boards her horse in the same pasture as mine, which is nice as her horse serves my horse as a pasture mate and they get along great together. I have no complaints about her horse being their.

Okay, getting to the subject, he is a 8 year old Appaloosa who was in great shape from his previous owners BUT he shows some signs of abuse. In the morning when we feed me and my friend go in the pasture, grab the buckets and come back out, we fill the buckets up with oats and when we go back to the pasture gate, the horses are waiting their for us, we tell them "Back" and the promptly go to their feeding areas and we go in and set their feed down.
Okay, so when I set MY horses feed down I will then proceed to check him over from the night and give him a rub down, my friend doing the same thing, then I'll go over to her and her horse when Im done and as I get nearer, her horse will pin his ears back, Ill step back and then wait, then walk forward again and he'll then either try to swing his rear around and kick me or lunge at me. This agression is really dangerous... I know...

He doesnt mind my friend right by him but as soon as I walk over ther he'll get mad. But the weird thing is is that if I feed alone, without my friend he'll be fine with me by him and I can touch him and whatever with no problem. He also does this if your just in the pasture (He does this to everybody, including my friend/his owner) Like if you tell him to get back he'll proceed to lunge at you... A while back I was out in their field scooping poop and I brought out the camera and decided to film them for no random reason. And I caught one of his lunges on film!!! Its not only me that he gets mad at, its everyone. He's done it at least once to everyone that has gone out in the pasture... I would like to know how to solve this anger issue?

(I can't upload the video ATM as the internet is to slow)
There's your problem. The horse has the upper hand and he knows it. When he threatens you, you retreat. When you approach again, he escalates his threat by actually trying to hurt you. Any horse that is going to kick, bite and/or lunge at a person needs its butt handed to it on a silver platter. Take a crop and give him a good, hard smack the next time he threatens you. Do it EVERY time he even looks at you the wrong way.

Even if it is his time and his space in the pasture, as soon as you come near him it should be YOUR space. Regardless of where he is or what time it is, he should respect you and actually kicking at you is several steps too far in the wrong direction. Respect is all the time, everywhere, not just under saddle or on a lead.
     
    07-21-2011, 04:58 PM
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Ahh, see my friend claims he was abused and she doesnt want me to use anything on him, but on a few ocasioans when I do, he will take off running then finally he will stand their staring at me and Ill walk up to him and its almost as if he is apolagizing. After that I can do anything I want to him. But, as I said my friend doesnt want me doing this :\... So by slapping him or something when he does this does help the problem!
     
    07-21-2011, 04:59 PM
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Originally Posted by pintophile    
There's your problem. The horse has the upper hand and he knows it. When he threatens you, you retreat. When you approach again, he escalates his threat by actually trying to hurt you. Any horse that is going to kick, bite and/or lunge at a person needs its butt handed to it on a silver platter. Take a crop and give him a good, hard smack the next time he threatens you. Do it EVERY time he even looks at you the wrong way.

Even if it is his time and his space in the pasture, as soon as you come near him it should be YOUR space. Regardless of where he is or what time it is, he should respect you and actually kicking at you is several steps too far in the wrong direction. Respect is all the time, everywhere, not just under saddle or on a lead.
I agree 101%. ^ With my personal horse I can walk up to him in the pasture and hop on him just as he is without him giving me any hassle... or disrespect.
     
    07-21-2011, 05:01 PM
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Originally Posted by equiniphile    
First of all, you need to designate "your" time and "my" time. "Your" time is when he is at leisure in the pasture, eating or just being a horse. I avoid asking much of a horse when he's on his own time, and you going up to him and bugging him when he's eating is going to create some reactions from him.

"My" time is anytime he is in a round pen, on a line, under saddle, or standing tied. You need to make it very clear that YOU are in charge when it's "my time." If he continues to act dangerously, as in lunging at you, it's time for a trainer to step in.
I agree (: But I also think that he should respect me no matter where I am... just because its "his time" doesnt mean he can lunge at me for no reason..
     
    07-21-2011, 05:02 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Your protecting yourself, sorry but when my safety is in danger I could give a rats a** if the owner doesn't want me hitting it. If the horse is coming at me and I feel in danger you can bet that horse is going to regret doing it.
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    07-21-2011, 05:02 PM
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Originally Posted by .Delete.    
Sounds like disrespect to me, I'd take a crop and If he came at me all hell would break loose on that little pony. Abuse or not there is NO excuse for such dangerous behavior. The more you let him get away with it the worse it'll get.
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Couldnt agree more!
     
    07-21-2011, 05:05 PM
  #10
Weanling
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Originally Posted by Gallop On    
Ahh, see my friend claims he was abused and she doesnt want me to use anything on him, but on a few ocasioans when I do, he will take off running then finally he will stand their staring at me and Ill walk up to him and its almost as if he is apolagizing. After that I can do anything I want to him. But, as I said my friend doesnt want me doing this :\... So by slapping him or something when he does this does help the problem!
Your friend is taking the wrong mentality with an abused animal. You get an animal (horse, dog, whatever) over its traumatic past by treating it like a normal animal. Animals are excellent at living in the present, and people who want to baby them along and make excuses for them are only giving the animal a reason to keep being fearful, insecure, unstable and traumatized. You're not doing a horse any favours by babying it through life and never asking anything of it.

Of course, that's if it was abused at all. This is a more common excuse than it should be.
     

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