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post #1 of 13 Old 09-10-2009, 03:05 PM Thread Starter
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HELP, my horse charges small animals!

My 2 yr old gelding has a wonderful disposition. Is very calm and friendly but knows to give you your space and is not pushy. However he has a terrible attitude when it comes to small animals and I don't know how or if I can correct it. He charges at my barn cats, my dog (who isn't even chasing him), even my pygmy goat. He has always been around these animals but just recently over the past 4 mths has become aggressive towards them. In fact one day he had my pygmy goat trapped in a corner and was rearing up and coming down on top of her with his hooves, he even bit her and picked her up by the back of her neck with his teeth!!! I have attempted to introduce him to these animals again with him on a lead rope, and he does fine...does not even try to charge them. He is by no means the leader of the herd. I am puzzled as to why he has taken on this behavior. I have had him since he was 5 mths old. He does not act this way toward children or people. Any ideas or suggestions would be aprreciated.
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post #2 of 13 Old 09-10-2009, 07:53 PM
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Wish I could help. We have a mare at the barn who is sweet but deadly to small animals. She will charge anything small. Once I saw the cat narrowly escape with his life when he wandered into her corral. She is not aggressive to other horses. I would be curious if you find any solution.
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post #3 of 13 Old 09-10-2009, 08:20 PM
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Your horse has a very strong herding instinct. Horses that have a lot of 'cow' usually show this behavior. It's also a very dominant behavior. It's just who he is, so the best thing to do is to keep small animals away from him as best you can. Because he's so young, he's coming into his own, which is why this behavior is pretty new.
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post #4 of 13 Old 09-11-2009, 12:45 AM
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Maybe you should buy a bigger goat.
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post #5 of 13 Old 09-11-2009, 03:27 AM
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There used to be this big TB at an agistment place and there was once a little dog wearing one of those jumpers (it was winter) and the horse picked him up and tossed the little dog about 3 or so metres. It was very impressive (the dog impressed though, at least not positively).

Some horses don't like little animals, and if your horse doesn't exhibit directly around you then its going to be very hard to train him out of it.

A horse I once had was perfect with dogs, but then my little dog was eating his spilt food and the horse smelt the dog who then, out of shock, lightly bit the horses nose and since that day that horse did not like dogs. Maybe a little incident occurred between a little animal and the horse.

I would just advise to keep the small animals away from the horse, its too risky having them around as a horse can easily hurt or kill an animal that size.
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post #6 of 13 Old 09-11-2009, 10:34 AM
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Maybe you should buy a bigger goat.
okay, this is probably really wrong of me, but that right there just made me laugh so hard coffee came out my nose.
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post #7 of 13 Old 09-11-2009, 03:17 PM
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Your horse has a very strong herding instinct. Horses that have a lot of 'cow' usually show this behavior. It's also a very dominant behavior. It's just who he is, so the best thing to do is to keep small animals away from him as best you can. Because he's so young, he's coming into his own, which is why this behavior is pretty new.

Agree... I have one of these at home. He's now 17 and for his entire life if a dog, cat, deer or even a bunny came into his pasture or paddock the chase was on.

I've watched him in the pasture when a deer comes over the fence. He'll turn so he can keep an eye on them and wait ..... once they are close enough off he goes hell bent for leather after it.
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post #8 of 13 Old 09-11-2009, 04:20 PM
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If it's something new, something must have happened. Maybe a cat scratched him by mistake or something. He doesn't bum rush them when you're around because he knows no one can get hurt when you're around. Does he pin his ears at them? Roll his eyes? He could be newly afraid.
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post #9 of 13 Old 09-11-2009, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Yes ears are pinned back when he charges them. I have kept my dog and goat away from him. Was just curious if anyone else had ever came acrossed a problem like this and if it was able to be corrected. By the way Kevin that was not the answer I was looking for :)
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post #10 of 13 Old 09-11-2009, 08:47 PM
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okay, this is probably really wrong of me, but that right there just made me laugh so hard coffee came out my nose.
I did to

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