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    04-13-2011, 02:16 PM
colt acts abused, but hasnt been...

I have an 11 month old colt that acts like he has been abused, but he hasnt been. The reason that I know is that my husband and I are the only ones who have messed with him. While he was with his mother, we would go visit. We brought him to our farm when he was about 6 months old. We also brought his sister with him so that they could both be weaned. His sister is the most friendly horse you can have; comes up to you for love, stands to be brushed and feet picked at, etc. him, on the other hand, will not come up to you and is so skiddish. He jumps at everything! My husband jokes that if he farts, he'll take off running lol. I just don't understand why they are so different when they have the same history. I have spent lots of extra time with him to gain his trust and given him lots of treats so that he will associate me with good stuff. He's not getting much better and I don't know what else to do... suggestions???
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    04-13-2011, 02:28 PM
Young horses go through some really funky stages - and it IS spring. The foals at my friend's place are acting much the same way (flighty, spooky) and they've never had a land laid on them wrong. One filly DOES take off running if she farts!
They're feeling good, and a lot of older horses are feeling their oats this time of year too. Don't treat them differently, and absolutely don't handle them with kid gloves. They'll get over it.
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    04-15-2011, 05:12 PM
    04-15-2011, 05:26 PM
Green Broke
I wouldn't worry that much. Just like human sibblings/twins, they have different personallities. Not uncommon. He should come around in time. Just have to keep working at it.
    04-15-2011, 05:30 PM
Jut keep working at it. I have a yearling by my stud and right now she is acting the same way. She would come up but not now. She acts like everything and everybody is going to get her. So right now I just take it slow when I work with her but he will be ok. It is spring time and horses jut like most animals act differently this time of year.
    04-15-2011, 06:09 PM
Candice - Are you housing the two yearlings together? If so you might want to be separating them. They are both old enough to breed and it wouldn't be a good idea to let that happen.
    04-16-2011, 04:59 PM
They are together, but we just had him gelded. We actually thought that might help him calm down, but it hasnt. I don't think it's the spring either because this has been going on since the winter time. Who knows, I guess I just gotta keep at it and he'll come around
    04-16-2011, 05:06 PM
Ahh good that he is gelded. It could possible be a phase since he is young. I would keep working at it. Be consistent!

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