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post #1 of 6 Old 03-18-2011, 03:24 PM Thread Starter
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Halter Theif!!!

I have one horse that keeps taking the other horses halters. I don't leave them in halters all the time but, if they are within his reach he takes the halter. He will also take halters off the fence. Is this just playful? There is nothing like trying to get a halter away from a 15hh gelding. I am only 5'2" and when I get him to be still he pulls his head way up so I can't reach it.
Once I made the mistake of putting my Amigo in the field next to him with a halter on, I hadn't even made it to the gate when I turned to see Pistol leading him down the fence by his halter.
Also when he is finnished eating.... he will pick up his feed bucket and toss it over the fence. He is 10yr old.... when will he stop playing?
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-18-2011, 05:11 PM
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Do you dislike people that joke around. Why would you want this to stop. I mean really it is really cute and yes this is playfulness. If a 10 year old is still that playful I think that is great.
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-18-2011, 08:13 PM Thread Starter
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ok it is cute except.... when I am tired and grumpy... I guess maybe he is trying to get me to laugh.
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post #4 of 6 Old 03-18-2011, 08:58 PM
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I have an 18 year old gelding that still does this kind of stuff! He's a handful, but I would not have it any other way! (He takes the jolly ball and hits my other horse with it! It is slightly annoying when he pulls things off and messes with EVERYTHING. It is funny, though.
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post #5 of 6 Old 03-18-2011, 09:12 PM
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Some horses are just always little turds like that for life. Maybe to break him out of that habit put something ucky tasting on the other horse's halters. Make sure it would hurt the horse that it's on nor is posinous to him. If he goes to take another horses halter maybe take a whip or a leadrope and make him run around a few laps in the pen you have him in.

Also, you could take the halter's off all together. If that still doesn't work you could put a grazing muzzle on him, but it would also restrict his grazing so he might lose weight. But it would keep him from getting at the other horse's halters.
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-19-2011, 01:45 PM
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Perhaps its a chance for you to prove you're smarter than him. It sounds like he figures things out, so watch out when you start trying to "cure" him of something. He will up the ante.....
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