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post #1 of 17 Old 05-04-2010, 12:33 PM Thread Starter
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Attitude change ??

Here it goes.. Dandy is a 4 yr. Old gelding I picked him out last June.. He was being trained, being ridden 4-5 days a week.. I rode him on several times, I couldn't ask for a better ride or personality.. He was all boy still and before he was brought home about 3 weeks ago he was gelded. He has changed. When I go to snap the lead on his halter he acts like I am using a shocker on him. He had also been a little head shy, but nothing like this ... it takes 10 minutes to get the lead on and I go through the same thing trying to take it off.. any suggestions.. I miss my old Dandy..
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Unfortunately a lot of gelded horses change after the surgery. I had a stud named Sue I gelded and he turned totally aggressive and I had to sell him because I couldn't get near him. I had the lunge whip out and had to snap it all around him because he was lunging at me and kicking me. He nailed me right in the hip once and after that....Good-bye, Sue. :( I sent him to a rehab facility for horses (Unwanted, untrainable, or abused) because I couldn't handle him. He started doing better but is still agressive and only like one person, and that's certainly not me.

Just show him love and spend time with him, desensitizing him to the lead and teach him that when he relaxes, he gets praised and loved on. Be his herd leader and friend for a little while instead of his ride and his owner. I wish I could be more help but I can't :(

Pssh.I didn't pick up the wrong lead
It's called a counter canter...
...A very advanced maneuver.
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My stallion was gelded at 14 and his personality stayed the same. Are you sure something didn't happen at the trainers to make him scared?
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Check his ears. Sometimes in the spring around here the bugs will get into a horses ears and make them sore. Sometimes the soreness will extend to the poll and cause some head tossing.

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thanks for your replies.. Dandy follows me around the pasture like a dog when I am out in the pasture doing things.. He loves attention and likes a good neck scratch. But when I go to snap the lead onto his halter, it's different. When he was at the trainers, he used the rope style halters. I am using the regular style.. could that make a difference.. It is not tight..
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I wouldn't leave a halter on a horse in the pasture. It's dangerous to the horse and a sign of poor horsemanship. I don't know if using different halters would make a difference. You probably just need to work on catching him more.

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if he was being worked 4-5 days a week and maybe was turned out in a smaller paddock, he may just have a taste of freedom. He's also pretty new to you so he's probably trying you. He's only 4, 4 year olds will test test test. It may be that he's just seeing what he can get away with.

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We had a horse that was like that after a routine vet visit. We didn't add two and two together until he would duck and pin his ears when you came near his face. Was still a loveable boy but don't touch the face! We found out later that the vet felt that he was being a bit of a pain about getting his shots done and teeth looked at so she twitched him. Just a suggestion but maybe that happened to him too. All it took was earning back his trust...lots of praise and gentle petting. We had to start with kissing his face first...no hands. Now, he's back to his old quirky self! Good luck!
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At a horse camp I used to voluntere at ride at was like that he was extremly head shy. I worked with him until he trusted me. Maybe petting him and showing him that its not going to hurt him in the least bit will help give him a treat for a job well done.

I usally can get my horse out of the pasture or to stand still if I have a treat works pretty well :)
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I wouldn't leave a halter on a horse in the pasture. It's dangerous to the horse and a sign of poor horsemanship. I don't know if using different halters would make a difference. You probably just need to work on catching him more.
Quick point - They make "break away" halters for pasture use that snap easily but stay on well. Designed for pasture use ;)
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