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post #1 of 9 Old 04-30-2013, 12:29 PM Thread Starter
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Horse has a problem with little horses?

So, now that show season is coming up, I've been frantically training Miss Brandy, but I completely forgot about one of her HUGE issues....She has a problem with little horses..Anything under 13HH she goes nuts especially if it's a baby or a mini pony. If she see's one, her tail goes up as high as possible, she throws her head up, and starts prancing around and snorting and blowing. It's really hard to control her (a hardly 100 pound girl vs a 1000 pound horse that's been gaining muscle...Yes, this will end well...). The first time it happened I had to tie her out so I could muck out her stall, and then a baby walked past and she went insane. I had to put her back in her stall, and she took off with me pretty much dragging behind her, and I finish mucking it out with her in it, and she tried to kick. She doesn't take off or kick anymore, we got past that, but then someone came to ride and she brought her kid with her, and her kid had a mini pony. I took Brandy in the arena to ride and she, once again, held her tail and head up high and just pranced in circles around me (she couldn't get very far because I had the lead). She was sweating before I got on her and she didn't even do much! She seems to act like she thinks that is her baby or something, because when one of the boarders was working with his foal, Brandy went insane...Again. The guy smacked the foal because it tried to bite his throat, and Brandy pinned her ears and tried to go for him (I did control her though and she didn't get near him). I need some tips on how to get her over whatever her problem is...But here's MY problem...Theres no mini horses or foals here anymore for us to work with...
She has had a foal before if that helps at all?
Has anyone else gone through this with their horses? What are your tips?
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post #2 of 9 Old 04-30-2013, 12:57 PM
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You must keep her attention on you. The moment she looks at the mini (other horse, kid, etc.) just put her into work: circles, back up, flexing, etc. Make her understand "no attention = hard work". You have to be consistent though.... Good luck!
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post #3 of 9 Old 04-30-2013, 01:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks!
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post #4 of 9 Old 04-30-2013, 10:09 PM
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Some big horses are scared of little horses, like they can't figure out what they are. A cure to that is to buy a mini and turn her out with it :)
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I wish! I've always been kinda worried about what would happen if I did that, like if she would stomp on it or something...(they are pretty tiny)
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Tiny....and EVIL. They all have Napoleon syndrome.
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Haha! I wonder if I could ask around for people with Mini's to lead their mini around with mine?
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post #8 of 9 Old 05-01-2013, 07:04 AM
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You might be dealing with very strong mothering desires. My mare would let another foal dry suckle her and took very good care of it.
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post #9 of 9 Old 05-01-2013, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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that's what I was thinking...Is there any way to get past it?
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