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post #1 of 24 Old 11-27-2012, 10:29 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Dealing with an Agressive horse? Need Help Quickly

So to start off with the horse is not my horse, its a horse at my boarders. An Arabian Paint horse cross (or at least that's what we think). When I first started boarding there she was a nosey a-hole. Would not get out of my space or leave me alone when I told her to get lost because I was doing something that didn't involve her.

Well my horse is the dominate mare. After my mare established her dominance in the herd of 4 other mares this arabian mix started getting more pushy in her attitude towards people. Well after getting an old mare (another thoroughbred just shes 29 where as mine is 9) up in weight the older mare seems to have "taken" the young Arabian crosses position in the herd.

Well now the young mare has started Kicking at people for no reason. I've been nicked in the back of my head when she kicked me. She has tried to kick me in the face, shes charged me, it was usually JUST ME, Unprovoked and unwarranted. Just a simple passing by and she would start up with her crap. Well a few days ago she tried to kick my boarder's father in law, this guy has been feeding and dealing with this mare since she was a 2 month old. All he did was walk up to her and pat her on her side, she whipped around and tried to kick him. He did stand his ground then went to pet her again, 2nd time she tried again. Both times missing him thank goodness.

I would like to see this mare sold but it is not my choice. I believe she is dangerous. I have even had her run up to my mare while I was warming her up and buck trying to hit ME. Which caused my mare to jump out the way and caused me to fall. All this mare's aggression has been getting worse. She has even started going after the dogs when they wander into the pasture, my young pup usually likes to walk with me when I go to my horse, my horse doesn't mind one bit. Well this mare charged my pup and if he hadn't run underneath my mares belly she probably would have stomped him to death.

I would like some tips on keeping this mare at bay getting her to know when I do not want her in my face or my space.



I also forgot to mention her aggression is getting worse towards an older Arabian mare. Biting, kicking ect ect.

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post #2 of 24 Old 11-27-2012, 10:39 PM
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Short answer : big long lunging whip.......message to send: get out of my way or else!

Say it like you mean it!
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post #3 of 24 Old 11-27-2012, 10:41 PM
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I think it's not really your place to do anything about it - you need to discuss this with the BO or the horse's owner. Explain that this horse has caused you issues and you don't feel safe around her anymore. Ask them for suggestions of what you can do to work safely around the horse.
It's not your place to train the horse or expect the horse moved. But if she's really that dangerous you should ask the owner or BO what you can do to protect yourself.
Otherwise all you can do is move your own horses
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I would do a lunge a whip, but My horse is afraid of them. I have been working on her fear but it does take a long time to get out it out of their minds its not going to hurt them.

The arabian belongs to my BO they told me and i quote "Smack the **** out of her so she will learn" smacking makes it worse. I've smacked her for trying to bite me when I wouldn't give her the food that I was taking to my horses stall. Thats when she whirled around, bucked and her hoof nicked me in the back of my head.
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post #5 of 24 Old 11-27-2012, 10:53 PM
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Tru- if your BO has given you permission, I'd carry a whip with you, get your mare over the fear of it - you need to defend yourself. Clearly the space your in is plenty big for her to have the major advantage, but I'm sure just holding that stick will be fair warning. I've seen some "pocket crops" that collapse inside themselves so you can use it to defend yourself from that horse, but then put it away when you get yours.
Aside from carrying a big stick, not much you can do to defend yourself from someone else's poorly trained horse. I would not ride in the vicinity of the violent horse - and I'd greatly limit my exposure to them as well. Or move.
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post #6 of 24 Old 11-27-2012, 10:57 PM
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You are feeding your horse in a stall and yet this young Arabian cross mare is able to whirl around, buck, and kick you in the head? Why? Is she loose in the barn? And she is also in the same place as where you are warming up your horse, and able to run up to you? Why?
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I would smack her harder and faster! I would walk by her all the time with a feed bucket and a lunge whip in the neutral position and as soon as she even pricked an ear or twitched her tail toward me I'd go after her like a devil! UNTIL she stayed away! You sometimes have to let horses make a mistake before they can be taught what is correct and what is not. I love setting horses up to make mistakes, just so I can use it as a teaching tool.
As for your horse being scared of the whip. Take her away and train her to have that thing swinging and going off cracking all around her, THEN revisit the pasture witch.....if the BO has told you to smack her, then do it. But remember, don't nag, DO IT ONCE, DO IT RIGHT! And DON'T NAG OR SHE WILL SEE YOU AS AN ANNOYANCE AND GET WORSE!
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I'd carry a whip with me if I had to go into that field. If the BO or the horse's owner was not OK with it, then I'd expect my horse to be moved to another field. Dangerous behavior is never acceptable.

If she's making contact, then she's FAR TOO CLOSE. Carry the whip, give her a warning to back out of you space and use it if she's disrespectful.

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Personally, I'd come after this horse like the crazed, menopausal 50 year old woman I am. I'd spank that hind end of hers thoroughly with that whip while I got bigger, straighter, taller and LOUDER than ever and make this mare absolutely think I'm going to kill her if she steps one foot closer than I like.

However, I wouldn't want to be responsible for you getting hurt either. You need to be able to judge whether or not this horse is being aggressive in a dominate fashion or one of those rare batsh*t crazy horses where the end result may mean a bigger fight.
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If you've got permission to go after her for attacking you, DO IT. Go out there, with no intention of getting your horse and just wait for the mare to make a move towards you. So much as a step. Chase her off like you're a pack of a thousand wolves with flames flying from their feet. Repeat a few times until she understands that you will kill her if she so much as dares come near you or any critter near you. Do a reminder session every couple of days or whenever she thinks about looking at you too long. Once she's learned to stay the hell away from you, you won't need to take the whip with you every time.

Get your mare over her fear of whips. Mine was the same way- figured every time he saw one, it meant he'd better run and panic. I used it to chase other horses off, while leaving him loose behind me. Eventually, and after running away a few times, he realized that even though it was me and a whip, if I wasn't looking at him, I wasn't 'talking' to him with it. Playing with it around the horse and draping it over them is helpful, but they're going to have to see you use it and it have nothing to do with them before a horse will learn that it's only scary if you're looking at them while it's waving about.
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