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post #1 of 7 Old 12-01-2008, 06:27 AM Thread Starter
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Dangerous behaviors in horses

I was reading the best article the other day, it discussed how we view horse behavior. For instance, what we deem 'dangerous' behavior by a horse is really just the horse's natural horse behavior he/she exhibits to other horses. Rearing, bucking, biting, striking out with the foreleg, charging, ect is all 'natural' horse behaviors, and behaviors the horse exhibits with other horses.

Now, knowing that horses treat each other this way, is why we must understand the dangers we face in trying to train a horse. Most horses that come to you already trained have had these behaviors systematically filtered out (tho in times of fear or stress they can and will still resort to those behaviors.) But if you opt to train a horse, you are gonna have to face (and deal with) these behaviors and not take it personally (hardest part.) Plus, while trying to stay safe, you must realise that goin in, or when you get scared of a horse when he/she does these behaviors, you have unwittingly showed the horse how to use these very behaviors to get outta workin. That is why training should really only be attempted by someone who is very confident (to the point of 'ballsy') and also by someone who knows how to predict the behavior of a horse before they do it (I can mostimes with amazing accuracy, I know what they are gonna do before they do sometimes.)

If the horse is NOT handled properly in those first few encounters with humans, a situation can develop that makes the horse even MORE difficult (that is than they are already, due to thier 'natural' tendencies), as they have learned how to scare someone off to get outta work. That is why I say I would rather train 20 untouched horses than try and fix one spoiled one......

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post #2 of 7 Old 12-01-2008, 03:34 PM
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I hear you. My 2 mustangs that I ride had never been touched before I got them and I have never had any problems from them. On the other hand, my TB Flipper had been used for poles, barrels, and parades before I got him. He would get very hot and no matter whether I rode him with loose reins or contact with the bit, he would just get hotter and hotter. Within about 30 minutes of getting on him, he would throw himself down on his side and have a hissy fit. It took months and months to get him to stop that. He still won't walk with his head down on a loose rein. He always prances and is a little pushy on the bit. There are some things that you just can't get a horse over when they have been messed up by someone who didn't know what they were doing.

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post #3 of 7 Old 12-01-2008, 03:50 PM
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My mare Chase was a rescue.

She was badly miss-treated and would buck, rear and throw people off.

I have trained her and she's so much better.

She has only been ridden 10 times this year, so when our lives are back on track, I will be riding them all again.

Well, she hasn't done this for a while, but when someone goes into the field, she will pin her ear's flat back on her head and gallop after them. Sometimes she skid's and turns away, but other time's she will try to run you over, so you have to dive out of the way.

And it's bad with people who get excited and jump up and down, she will pin her ear's flat back and charge, sometimes biting.

She lunges for people playing football too. I don't blame her, because she had a football kicked at her head when I was riding her. (I did give the boy one hell of a whack with my crop, because he did it on purpose)

She hasn't done this for a while *Touches wood*

So I'm hoping she has grown out of it.

But hey, she keep's intruder's away.

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post #4 of 7 Old 12-01-2008, 03:51 PM
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If you go in the horse talk section of the forum, you will read about what I've gone thru along with a few other people with a rescue I took in last year. There is always a reason why a horse will behave a certain way and sometimes it's nothing nasty but trying to tell and communicate something to you. Some are plain nasty and have learned they get away with things. Thats where the horse experience comes in. Being able to tell the difference between self defence and just lack of training.

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post #5 of 7 Old 12-02-2008, 05:12 AM
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This is soo true! I agree about working with untrained versus the dead broke and trained ones with ill manners! It still amazes me to this day when you have one that has been trained before and for a duration where they have it dead set in their own minds on how certains things will work, and adjusting to something new doesnt go well for an even longer time!

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post #6 of 7 Old 12-03-2008, 05:59 PM
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I really do have to agree. This past summer I had the experience of my mare being in foal (when I purchased her I really had no clue that she was bred the month before) well I found out that my best teacher in handling and dealing with the little sassy colt was watching my mare. She didn't let him get away with anything. Now that he is weaned I show him the same behaviors- I threaten with my leg and if he doesn't get outta my space he gets kicked with my leg like he would another horse (of course mine is alot less hard as we know the force a horse is capable of! )
But I found mimicking how his mom taught him makes him understand me and he knows that there are boundaries.
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post #7 of 7 Old 12-04-2008, 08:02 AM Thread Starter
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Very true! Wonderful posts, it is so good to know that there are so many out there that understand this!

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