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    01-03-2013, 02:25 PM
Dangerous Bratty Horse

There is a mare here who has been spoiled absolutely rotten. Her main emotional state is annoyed, and her ears are always back, even when feeding.

She constantly turns her butt to me, tries to bite, and has actually bitten a small child in the past (with the excuse of "thats just how she[the mare] is"). She harasses the other mares despite being lowest on the chain and constantly is stuffing her face. No mineral deficiencies, and she is overweight.

I got tired of being bossed around by this big brat, so I have been carrying a crop with me and menacing her with it if she turns her butt to me. It doesn't work, even if I give her a smack on the butt. Ears always pinned, constantly barging in to get food, and turning her butt to every person within 30 feet.

She is not my horse, and I don't have permission yet to work her in the round pen or anything for respect. Is carrying a whip and giving her a slap with it when she's being a brat/bully okay to do? I don't want to mess with someone else's horse, but she is dangerous. She has kicked out, bitten, and is always threatening. Unfortunately I think it is all due to boredom and letting her get away with it.

What should I do?
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    01-03-2013, 02:28 PM
With not having permission to work her in a round pen, I think that's about all you can do. I'd carry a whip and make her scared of you. For your safety and the other horses.
    01-03-2013, 02:29 PM
If the horse is dangerous and you HAVE to be around her, carrying a whip is completely acceptable.
    01-03-2013, 02:36 PM
Any suggestions? I have been just ignoring her, but if she is being a brat during feeding (standing on top of me, despite my efforts to shoo her away politely without getting kicked), what should I do? Chase her away and refuse to feed her until she gets away from me and stays away?

I know this is the right thing to do, I am just looking for validation to tell someone else's "precious pony" where to shove it, without their permission. :s
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    01-03-2013, 02:40 PM
A common cause is horses have no feed for hours. She's making sure she gets hers and has no intention of sharing and that includes you. She doesn't know you don't want it. A riding crop is too short, she could pile drive you when you hit her on the butt. Is this behaviour going on in a stall or outside with other horses.?
    01-03-2013, 02:40 PM
A crop doesnt' make much of an impression (just a bit of a loud noise) and is too short. Get a long dressage whip and if she threatens you , lay it on her hard.

But, honestly, if you have to deal with this horse in order to get your own, shouldn't you talke with the owner and/or the Barn owner?
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    01-03-2013, 02:45 PM
Tiny: I am an employee here. I deal with her because I feed and muck. The way the place is set up, I have to come in contact with Miss Brat.

I will start carrying a lunge whip instead. Today I gave them all a carrot piece, and attempted to walk out of the paddock, and she rushed in front of me, ears back (not really pinned but definitely annoyed), and stood in my way, threatening to turn her butt to me. Unfortunately I didn't have the crop so I had to get it, then did a bit of bullying her around, provoking (really just walking calmly up to her) her to turnher butt to me, then when she did I chased her off. Hard to do with other horses around. Grr!
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    01-03-2013, 02:51 PM
Why is hard to do with other horses around? They will know that you are after her and not them. IF you intent is crystal clear and laser focussed onto making that mare "give" to you, the others will know it and stay off to the sides. This is quite normal for them.
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    01-03-2013, 02:52 PM
Saddlebag: Both. She does this in her stall, in the dry lot, and in the pasture. She is spoiled rotten. It is a private farm so all horses belong to the BO. She is the BO's heart horse, so I am doubting attempts to explain corrections will be taken well. I would like permission in the future to exercise the horse, though, and in such case I will be very corrective.

Also note they are fed in the morning, straight off of about 18 hours of grazing. They are dry lotted from 9a to 3:30p or so, with pretty much free choice hay, and then grass all night. They are fat and bratty :)
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    01-03-2013, 02:53 PM
Tiny: She tries to hide behind the other two, and they think I am coming after them while she runs along side them until I can seperate her. Until she gets behind them again.
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