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post #1 of 41 Old 07-13-2012, 01:28 AM Thread Starter
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so , my horse is so upset ! I don't know what has gotten into him . I got him one month ago and he was such a lover then we went to a horse show called leg up , AND HIS WHOLE PERSONALITY CHANGED THAT NIGHT. He was biting , being mean and terrible . He wouldnt let you near him . Then I got on to do my events and he was fine . Then we got back , from the show and he was still being weird . You couldnt touch him without him pinning his ears back and trying to bite you . I thought it was a thing for dominence but now im not so sure. He's still doing it 2 weeks after the show . Its scaring me ! Like , when he gets out of his stall or when we are riding he's fine . But in his stall and tacking up he gets soo upset . Like today , I was leaning down to put his back splint boot on and he tried to kick me , whenever I curry comb him he tries to bite me . Also , one time he was eating his hay and I touched him to scratch his back and he kicked the stall! You can't go in his stall , without him getting angry . Guys please help im so scared I NEED MY HORSE BACK .</33
( he is a five year old quarter horse geldling , ) please keep in mind when we are riding he is fine , so I don't think he's sore.

Also , I am 13 .

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post #2 of 41 Old 07-13-2012, 01:31 AM
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Cheap insurance to have him looked at by a chiropractor to make sure he's not sore. That kind of personality change is usually caused by pain or the horse was drugged when sold. NOT say this is his case, just in general what I've seen over the years. I'd certainly have a chiro or vet checking him out and if it's not physical, then a CTJ meeting would be in order.
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What do you do when he reacts like that?

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post #4 of 41 Old 07-13-2012, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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Skysertenalangel- normally I yank his halter , and he normally quits
But sometimes he wont . And I still can't get in his stall =(

Dream catcher arabians - vet already checked him for a pre purchase exam , everything looks good . Plus , when we ride wouldnt he act up if he had a spinal problem . And be bad everywhere else ?
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OK, firstly I would leave him alone when he's eating - that's his time. Secondly, this sounds like a respect issue. So often we hear of horses becoming like this around 3 weeks to a months after getting them - don't worry, I've been there before, and so have many others! It seems most horses take about 3-4 weeks to really figure the new owner out, run all the tests and decide it's time to take charge.

May I ask how you feed him? When you go in to feed, does he stand at the door? Does he try and grab the feed from your hands? If so he is dominating you. I'm not sure of you're age or if you're a confident handler, so that would affect what you should do. It sounds like you've been scared by the event and in that case I would be getting an experienced person to show you how to set feeding and ground rules. But it is important that you learn to be the leader. I don't want to give too much advice as there are some things you should not try at home unless you're experienced. Some horses give up a hell of a fight before they give ground and it can be very dangerous if you make a wrong move.

Do you have an instructor who can help you? If not it would be a good idea to get one, he's 5 years old so a greenie and will quickly learn bad habits on the ground if you don't correct them immediately.

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Evil horse of doom - im 13 - I don't feed him , I board somewhere with other horses , so there are feeders there that get paid to do it . I do have a instructer but all she has told me is " he is a horse , horses do that " so she wasnt very much help . I just don't know what to do .
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Evil horse of doom - im 13 - I don't feed him , I board somewhere with other horses , so there are feeders there that get paid to do it . I do have a instructer but all she has told me is " he is a horse , horses do that " so she wasnt very much help . I just don't know what to do .
Hmph, not very helpful from your instructor! I just wish I were near you (I assume I'm on the other side of the world in Australia) because I've gone through this myself and was lucky enough to have someone experienced who helped me (for free!).
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Well , in your experience with it . What did you do ? Or the person that taught you, what'd they tell you . I just want him to be nice .
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we had the vet come out , and he had a pre purchase exam and blood work done , all came back clear.
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panwangkunoa I would politely disagree with you This can definitely be the case, but I wouldn't say drugging happens in the majority of these. We seem to get a lot of the same threads on HF and they nearly always have the same pattern - first-horse owner (generally young or an inexperienced adult), 3-4 weeks and a sudden personality change. As we ask more questions it becomes apparent that the issue is one of leadership.

The personality change may seem sudden but IME new owners fail to identify the escalating misbehaviour as that until it reaches a crisis point. The horse may have been doing little rude things like pinning ears, refusing to budge, nibbling, nudging, incessant rubbing etc before then - that doesn't seem like a big deal if you don't know what these actions mean, and some even seem cute and affectionate. Then, and it can seem like an overnight change, the horse decides "forget this, I'm the boss here and I don't want to go for a ride".

hannahbanana - was your horse stabled or paddocked before you got him? If he was paddocked, how many horses was he in with? Did he do anything that I mentioned in the previous paragraph before he decided to start biting and kicking?
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