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    09-23-2012, 12:25 PM
Also I think it would be a good idea for you to really research horse phsycology, that can really show you why horses do what they do, and why you should not "baby" them because they were neglected at one time.
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    09-24-2012, 12:52 AM
I agree w srobs. It would be somewhat like looking for advice on a forum to care for an infant. Either you know intuitively, or have learned - or you do not and are putting it at risk. The problem can be corrected - but not by someone it is not "second nature" to. It will now take effort get her "unconfused", trusting and non-aggresive. The stakes are high for her the worse her behavior becomes. You need to include her, her future and her life in the equation of what is best for her. It sounds like you need a trainer for both her and yourself; if you cannot afford either, then you should, too, factor that in.
    09-24-2012, 12:59 AM
I also agree some good advise has been posted. Getting help from a skilled and experienced trainer or re-homing this horse may be the only ways to avoid a disaster. As for the sudden change in behavior, two factors may be part of it. First, if the horse was neglected and under weight, it is very possible that as she has gained weight, and is feeling better, her true personality may be coming out. She sounds like a dominant mare, and dominant mares require very strong leaders. Second, the horse may be playing on the OPs fear and inconsistency. In a way, some horses are opportunists. They will often give you only as much as you expect and will take any opportunity to take control of a situation. If you don't expect and insist upon good manners, you will sometimes get very bad manners.
    09-24-2012, 01:23 AM
OK, I know alot of people do not agree with Parelli, but I do like the horsonality(or however it its spelled) chart. But one of the best advise I had gotten is when a horse bites you, it is the one and ONLY time you make that horse think that your going to kill it. But I agree with not hitting her in the nose. She can really hurt you. And it IS about being able to read what that horse is doing and why. It sounds like she is having a bit of a dominance battle with you. I would try to gain her trust and pet her alot, but her acting that way just leading her around! That is crazy! I do also agree that she has a bigger problem bc of this. I'm sorry. It's hard when you feel like your failing the horse, but you are not. You are trying your best. I am actually going to pm you and hope your close by. I know a really good trainer who does it just to help the horses stay in the home that wants them.... Crossing my fingers! But you do need an experienced person to help you with her. If not, your going to get hurt. HUGS! <3 You are a great person trying to help her tho!
    09-24-2012, 01:24 AM
Btw, Anyone else getting a white screen on horseforum lately? I couldnt quote anyone!
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    09-24-2012, 01:27 AM
Sounds like she is trying to figure you out. I think she is testing you to see what she is going to get away with.
Biting-Never hit her in the face that will just cause more problems. You can yell at her and tell her no or give a jab under the chin, not hard just so she relizes its not allowed. I think she is thinking of you as just another horse to horse around with. She is feeling you out.
I recommend round penning if you can. Or work her in a small corral. Also tie her up alot, brush her and pet her everywhere and get to know her . What she likes and what she doesn't like. Carry a crop or a whip if you have to, but never use it unless your are in real danger.
Watch her ears if she is pinning them flat back she means buisness. You need to teach her that its not allowed when your near her. Yell at her clap your hands, chase her, put her to work. Your BOSS MARE not her. When she is doing good tell her she is. She will learn whats good and whats not. Watch some youtube videos on ground work.

Try putting an add out that your looking for someone to give you a hand with ground manners. Someone with a little spare time that isn't looking for money and someone with expierence. You never know, you might get help.
Good luck
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    09-24-2012, 01:28 AM
Yes I have a white screen
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    09-24-2012, 09:48 AM
Spotted good idea!... I do see see adds pop up every once in a while on craigslist for such people looking to train and they are willing to come to you.

And also when it comes to biting, the nose/muzzle is the only place I hit a horse that bites at me. I have found that to be much more affective than say a neck swat (cause it doesn't feel good). While yes the second time you lift your hand they expect another smack to the nose, they are quickly reasured that you arent going to smack them all the time..just when they bite. I have done this to MANY horses over the years and I can say I have never created a headshy horse. Its all in how its done though.
    09-24-2012, 10:04 AM
A part of being a good horseperson is knowing when you're in too deep.

I know where you're at, animallove. My mare Baby was a beautiful horse and had spectacular ground manners, but in the saddle she was dangerous, for me at least. It was a hard decision but I parted ways with her, selling her on to someone who had the experience to handle her.

You have the chance to admit defeat before you get hurt. I didn't get that chance; I was hurt on the first ride after I bought her.

If you do decide to persist though, I wish you the best and offer this bit of advice - Keep a lunge whip or something of the type on hand. Carry it in your left hand, the tip hanging behind you. As soon as the mare shows signs of aggression, give her a sharp tap on the rump, but beware of her reactions. She needs to learn to respect you. By using a whip rather than your hand, she will learn that you can dish out discipline, but won't have any reason to be afraid of your hands.
    09-24-2012, 10:16 AM
Yelling is pointless as it's not something a horse understands but a sharp Shhh will often get their attention. A horse does not seek your love, it seeks a release of mental pressure.
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