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post #11 of 30 Old 03-29-2012, 05:34 PM
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Looks like dominance issues to me. Has she ever been corrected for this behaviour?
The other thing that I would want to look at is what is going on right before she starts this. Also what is her daily life like? There are a lot of factors that can be playing into a behaviour. Frustration, lack of exercise, lack of free herd time etc. But from the video it looks like she's acting out with frustrated aggression. Is she in cycle?
Does she see you as lead horse? If she does then this would explain why she does not do it in your presence. To be honest it looks like she is "asking" to be dominated/corrected. Hence the challenging.
Just on this little bit of clip it looks like she is challenging the other horse and because of the fence both are unable to connect in the normal way horses would. Because the other horse is clearly unaffected by her dominance moves and does not move off when she tells him she escalates to the point where the clip starts.
Ok, resist the urge to laugh out loud...have you ever "claimed" the area for yourself, including the fence?
So yeah, no real answer but questions to consider because you have to look at the whole picture that got her there and not just the end result.

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post #12 of 30 Old 03-29-2012, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Eolith: Yes, I think it is hot wire time. I will try to get that set up real soon.

Boots; I lunge her daily and spend allot of time with her. I ride her as well but think she may have a bad back or hip? (maybe from her kicking) so I haven't been riding her lately. I have a vet coming out to check her and do her teethe tomorrow. Any ideas on what I could do to help keep her from being bored? The other horse does have a fairly large corral as she does. He just likes to hang out over on her side. I have seen them grooming each other before.

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Hi GreenBackJack;

She best be seeing me as a lead horse!!!! LOL
I have had people tell me she is a dominant mare before. I was kind of thinking she was an insecure mare because of the was she is with this kicking thing. Although when I am on her and we go out with other horses she acts as though they do not exist. Even when they try to kick at her she doesn't even get out of the way, I have to move her out of the way. She has been out in pasture with a yearling before and there were no issues that I know of. He did stay out of her way. There is a mare that has a corral that faces one area of the arena and she developed some fear of that end of the arena. I lunged her on a line directly in front of that horse today and then made her stand nose to nose with her and not show any sort of bad behavior. She was really good and did what I wanted. I could tell she wasn't happy about it but she did do it.
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Are you boarding? Is there an option of putting a different horse next to her? I've dealt with similar issues in my mare for about twelve years and while she will respect an electric fence (so that is also a good option), the best way to keep her from attacking the fence is to put a horse next to her who won't antagonise her. Some horses really set her off, others aren't a problem. From your video, it looked like her neighbour was really driving her nuts.
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Thesilverspear: Yes, I am boarding her. I will talk to the BO about moving her neighbor. I have just put way to much money into her corral to move her. But I will see if we can do that. I will check with her before I buy the hot fence today. Thanks.
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she's just mean
some mares have a real mean streak

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Please don't put hot wire up along the lower pipes if you don't prevent a leg going through the pipes with plywood, fiberglass corrogated roofing material, metal siding, or some such barrier: if she catches a leg on a pipe that's hot wired, she could get stuck thus fried!

Even with hot wire only across the top pipe, she could kick that high & stick a leg up there, so please put the barrier up. It'll also serve the purpose of making any horse next door mostly invisible to her.
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Any chance you can scround old sheets of plywood to block her view?
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Originally Posted by Lexiie View Post
she's just mean
some mares have a real mean streak
I don't think she is mean.

Just dominant, boarding it up so she cant get her leg stuck sounds like a good idea to me, a hot wire may also work.

Our horses at home are in a paddock fenced with hotwire and they are very respectful of it.
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Some horses don't take to confinement.
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