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post #21 of 24 Old 01-04-2013, 09:53 AM
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Hmm, reminds me of my mare two years ago!

I don't think she was this hateful, but I was away at college and you would have to ask my dad. He would say "yes". She was very spoiled.

She was green broke but so disrespectful, she wouldn't move under saddle or lunge. I got a tall cowboy to come out and he worked her over as needed. She learned respect for people and only needs rare reminders.

I think the owner needs to hire a trainer for a Come to Jesus Meeting as seen fit. You and that mare will be a lot happier. I think sometimes it is just their personality, but wouldn't write that off for the first excuse.
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An update today.

Set my feed buckets down on the outside of the dry lot while I went to let one horse out into her own area to eat. Miss Brat somehow got her nose in one bucket so I snapped the lunge whip hard on the ground and shouted. She ran off (unfortunately scared another horse too and had to go catch it again. Took other feed in first with lunge whip in hand and cracked it at her if she came within 30ft. When it was time for hers, she ran into her stall so I went into the one next to it and slaped the wall hard with the whip. She ran out bucking and wide eyed. I poured her food into her bucket and stood guard at the door until I was ready to let her in (which actually took coaxing; she wouldn't come near me).

Hay time! Hubby wheeled the hay cart in to put hay in the buckets, and I kept her away with the whip. After a bit she charged in to grab a mouthful and I ran up on her with the whip and shouted. It was a struggle to keep her away but we did so until we finished. Then observed as the other horses came back and told her off. It was a good learning experience.

I think in the wild this horse would be excommunicated and probably starve or eat herself to death (ha!). She tries to be the boss but doesn't know how. The other mares are very subtle and their corrective behavior ends at ears back and MAYBE a nip at the air in her direction. No chasing or kicking etc. They are senior horses and she is still in her single digits age wise. Maybe 10 years old at most. She has no solid herd leader it seems, so she has turned into a bully to get her way, and for 10? years, it has worked. Hopefully the beginning of some big change! :)
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post #23 of 24 Old 01-04-2013, 12:50 PM
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Awesome! I'm glad your getting her to respect your space now. Keep it up!
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post #24 of 24 Old 01-04-2013, 01:11 PM
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Originally Posted by tinyliny View Post
If she is doing that, then she is showing the first sign of submission; fleeing you. let her, and go on about your business. But watch her out of the corner of your eye. The second she thinks she has the right to come back into your space, remind her that her place is way over there, behind the others. The trick is to reinforce your keeping her at a distance right when the hrose has decided to invade your space. their body language will change and will say that they are thinking about comeing too close. that's when you interrrupt that thought and make them think something else.

You can have some food and feed the others but make it your mission to keep HER on the outside, away from the food. that reinforces to her that she is below you on the levels of dominance.
Excellent ideas! It's all about dominance, not being bratty. Horses are constantly jockeying for higher rank in the herd. This mare is saying, I've secured my place and you're at the bottom. Mares are tough cookies. Ask any stallion that's been put in his place. 😄
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