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post #1 of 30 Old 11-28-2012, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Horse aggressive in trailer.

So here's the problem. My friend has a 6ish year old gelding that is horse aggressive. He is fine with the horses he is kept with and when he is being ridden.
However, in the trailer he gets aggressive with the other horses.
He went after my sister's horse in the trailer (we have a 2 horse straight load) when they were unloading. He was untied 1st to back out, and that's when he bit her mare. He also did the same thing to another friend's gelding in her slant. I guess he also kicked at another horse in the straight load during loading. He was the 1st one in.
How do you fix that? Any ideas.

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post #2 of 30 Old 11-28-2012, 10:00 PM
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Use a GOOD flat nylon halter. Put a second lead-rope on him with a chain on it. You can run the chain over his nose or even under his upper lip. Treat him like any other time, but 'set him up' so that he will have a horse come in to kick or bite. The instant he puts his ears back or makes a wrong move, jerk the chain 4 or 5 times as hard as you can yelling at him the whole time.

If you jerk the chain hard enough, it should only take one lesson. I would keep the second rope and the chain on him and have it ready in case you need it again and would probably do this the next few time I hauled him -- just in case.

It usually only takes the one time and any time after that if he even lays an ear back, yell at him. Any I have hauled from hateful mares to viscous studs have learned not to kick or bite other horses this way. I will do the same thing if a horse is tied in the barn alley or to the hitch rack and other horses are led behind him or tied next to him.
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post #3 of 30 Old 11-28-2012, 10:05 PM Thread Starter
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You mean like a stud chain?

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Yes. It is used in this application for one reason only -- negative reinforcement -- to show the horse quickly and definitively that this behavior is not going to be tolerated. It works very quickly. Then, you go on like nothing ever happened.

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Thanks!

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I would not use a chain and nylon halter, I'm sure it works though.
I would use the normal rope halter I always use and if they made a move, flat ears or a ugly look I would also jerk on the lead and yell NO at him! I've never had a problem like that though. My mare used to get pissy if we were out on trails with other mares if they got too close to her and I would go NO and swat her on the neck, only takes a NO now to snap her out of it....

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Invest in a grazing muzzle. End of biting problem.
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The problem is when it happens we usually don't have a lot of space to work in. Both horses are in the trailer. It only happens when the gelding in question is being tied or untied to load or back out.

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Cherie -is there a reason you use a nylon halter instead of a rope one? Or is it just your preference?

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Invest in a grazing muzzle. End of biting problem.
It's not just biting. He kicks too. His over all body language is aggressive, which makes the second horse nervous, and just an over all pain to load. Plus you have the second horse trying to go through the trailer to get away from him.
In a slant, it isn't as bad because you can load him first, tie him, and unload him last, but he still tries to kick and bite the horse next to him.

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