I have got a three or four year old Arabian cross, Pepper.
When I got her she was very very unruly and dangerous. I worked her through that, wasn't too hard, she was a pipsqueak back then. But now she is a full grown, or close to full grown, horse.
She started to rear up in peoples faces, jump the fence, bite, and chase people down. A couple of weeks ago she reared up and got me in the chest and she chased my bestfriend's mother out of the pasture.
(we tell everyone now don't turn tail and run from her, walk calmly.)
Pepper is smart as I don't know what. I've never let her get away with too much.
She has been started under saddle in the last few months. She has had next to perfect ground manners, it's just recently.
I'm just curious as to why she might be acting up... My dad says she is playing but I've never allowed her to 'play' like that, atleast not with people. Maybe it's my fault, a training gap or I've just been treating her like my baby, even worse she has something physically wrong...
Any suggestions would be might helpful.
There is your answer!
She is smart.
I have never let her get away with to much.
Letting her get away with anything
is enough for her to have no respect at all.
All the rearing and chasing is natural, they do it to each other when in a herd, but they have to learn that it is a definite NO
when humans are involved.
This horse needs work, she needs to have her mind occupied, most of all she needs discipline whereby, at the start
, she does not even dare to blink without permission.
This does not mean that she is beaten up but it does mean that she is corrected by being made to do whatever with a firm poke of the finger or being made to go back.
I set a horse up for correction, it is easy to do. I will have them in the stable, and make them stand still untied. The moment they move they are corrected by being pushed back to where they were.
I will have them tied and if I walk to the other side of them I expect them to yield to me by moving over.
As for her behaviour in the filed then she would certainly have the shock of her life if she even thought of behaving as she is.
I would arm myself, preferably with a long lunge whip or my hunting whip, I prefer the latter as it is easier to hold unnoticed by the horse.
The moment she got in my face then she would feel that whip across her front legs hard.
This will probably cause the reaction of her swinging away and possibly double barrelling out at you - which she would do in a herd. My follow up would be to get at least one or two lashes into her backside to let her know that I really mean for her to stop that nonsense. I do know what I am doing and am ready for their reaction, my actions are fast so there is absolutely no doubt in their mind as to my meaning it.
This mare needs to go to an experienced trainer and you need to go too
so that you learn how to gain her respect.