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post #1 of 30 Old 03-29-2012, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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I need to know why she does this and how to stop it.

I don't know why she does this or how to stop it. She doesn't do it when I am around. The girl that owns the other horse in the video is the one who filmed it for me. Any help would be great.
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post #2 of 30 Old 03-29-2012, 04:53 PM
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The other horse is nagging at her. I would say your mare likes her space.

However, if she keeps it up, she is going to get hurt. One of those kicks ends up going through the panel and she catches herself . . .
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I would say she is a flirt & a tease & is playing hard to get. My mare does that too.
She doesn't do it when you're around because you take her mind off of it.

I agree with the potential for getting caught in the panels.
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Thank you.
She has hurt herself. I just don't know what to do to make her stop. I have had her about 5 months. She is 18 years old. There is no horse on the other side of her. I can't pay for two corral spaces, so this is the best I can do. I have a freedom feeder on the other side of her corral just in case it was about food. I was told she did this at the other place she was boarded, and there was nobody next to her there. I just had never seen it for myself so I didn't know how bad it was. She doesn't act like this at all when I am around. I didn't even know she could make those faces. Do you have any idea what the yawning is all about?
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Thanks Natisha;
I was kind of thinking that she was almost flirting, but in a very unstable way. So.....The only thing I can think of is an electric fence between them but it seems really cruel. Then again her swollen leg is worse I am sure. I have been wrapping her back legs with standing wraps for the last few days. Then when I drove up early this morning (still dark) I could hear her kicking. So, I don't know what to do. I don't think I can or should keep her legs wrapped all the time. Thanks for your help.
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Seems territorial to me, marish flirting is a different reaction.. I would ask your barn owner if you can put up a strand of hot wire. Otherwise you'll have to teach her manually.

Basically she needs to learn to "get along". That stall is your territory, and that horse is part of your territory too. First I would wait until the other horse is gone, and see how she reacts when you go into her stall with food. Is she aggressive towards you? Does she crowd you? If she acts this way when you try to feed her, she needs to learn some manners.

If she seems okay, I would halter her and march her back and forth against that side when the horse is around. If she makes a fuss I'd make her do a bunch of circles.

If she still doesn't do anything, I would plant my butt out there all day if I had to. I'd sit and wait until she did something, then throw a lariat at her butt to get her to move off the fence. And I'd be forceful about it. You do that once or twice really hard and she'll stop. But if you nag her she'll just treat you like that horse.

Dunno, just some food for thought. That's why I hate pipe corrals.

EDIT: Electric fences aren't cruel. They get shocked once, then they never get shocked again. It's a safety issue. Would you rather her get one little shock or end up with a broken leg?
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the other horse sure cant take a hint. not sure what to recomend, sorry.
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Yeah, I'd definitely advise an electric fence. As oh vair oh pointed out, once they figure out it hurts they won't mess with it. It's not really cruelty because they have the option of touching it or not.

It would probably be better for her to get shocked once or twice and then go on with life rather than to risk really hurting her legs.
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Part boredom and part top mare behavior.

If they were in a pasture the other horse would leave the area around her. It can't. If she had more work, she wouldn't be looking for trouble and entertainment.
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Thanks Blue Spark, he sure can't can he?

oh vair oh: She won't do that kind of behavior around me because she knows I won't allow it. She used to be pushy with food. She is very very food motivated. She used to be very rude. We got past that. If her food was in her corral and I was taking her back to her corral, I would make her stop every step or so and then make her back up and then make her go back to the place we started from and start over again if she didn't "get it" quick enough. She has very good manners otherwise. When I am bringing her food she has to wait until I tell her it is okay before she can eat or she has to be lunged before she can eat. I know I am kind of hard core about those things and I do understand that she is hungry but until she buys me dinner she has to show respect and not be an idiot. She is over 16 hands and I am barely over 5 feet. She must give me space when I am in there and she knows that. I think that is why she won't do this in front of me. I have waited and tried to spy on her to catch her in the act. Mostly I didn't believe it was anything like this. I do have permission to run a hot wire if I want to.
Thank you for your help.
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