Impatient Demanding Horse - The Horse Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 17 Old 01-31-2011, 09:17 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 79
• Horses: 3
Question Impatient Demanding Horse

I have a 7 year old Quarter Horse that is a companion horse due to a shoulder injury she is unable to be ridden. She is very demanding and impatient. She is the top of the pecking order. I have tried numerous times to correct her impatient behavior, mainly because she causes herself to become sore due to constant pawing while I'm getting her food together & as I am bringin it to the fence, I try yelling different things to get her to stop but she just continues. Now about the demanding part, she is super jealous of the other horses receiving attention, I was riding my new horse for the first time yesterday & she was throwing a temper tantrum, bucking & running along the fence line, she also does this if I am a little later than usual getting her feed together. Any advice is appreciated.
justicefmly is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 17 Old 01-31-2011, 09:30 PM
Trained
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: CO
Posts: 5,061
• Horses: 5
Ignore her antics when you're riding, if you are outside the fence; she obviously feels good enough to be herd bound. If you can, perhaps try stalling and giving her some hay when you ride, then she is preoccupied and won't be able to 'see' what you're doing. You probably can't do much other than that to keep her from going goofy when she is loose in the pasture, and she wants her herd mates back.

It has nothing to do with jealousy, really...she is the dominant mare, so that is why she acts the way she does when others are 'put before her'...ignore it...have a crop or rope to use on her to make her back off, and don't let her in to your personal circle with the other horses until she is calm and relaxed about the situation.

I would say what this gal just needs to spend alot of time at a patience pole, so she can relearn that "she" doesn't govern every second you are out there. Don't put her up, or feed her until she is standing, calmly and attentively. You can start out with super short sessions, in that you tie her, and wait for her to be calm for just a second or two, untie, go for a short walk, and back to the tie. I prefer, however, to take them in, tie em up, and go about my business; cleaning stalls, preparing feed, etc...I don't yell at them or otherwise physically reprimand...I just ignore their antics and won't go to them until they are standing quietly. Then I calmly untie and take them to where their meal is, ride, or groom and do groundwork, etc. I like to do this several times in a day to reshape the impatient behavior.

"The ideal horseman has the courage of a lion, the patience of a saint, and the hands of a woman..."
mom2pride is offline  
post #3 of 17 Old 01-31-2011, 09:37 PM
Yearling
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Missouri
Posts: 1,386
• Horses: 1
Love Mom's reference to the "patience pole"! I agree with her advice. The other thing I do with my dominant mares is that they are not allowed to boss at one another when I'm around. I make them back up and get out of my bubble and get out of range of each other. As an old horseman said, "They may start it but I'll finish it!"
Ladytrails is offline  
post #4 of 17 Old 02-01-2011, 10:28 AM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 79
• Horses: 3
Thanks for the comments. I know she is doing most of this behavior due to her being lead mare, I will def. try what you guys suggested. Also, can the pawing be a habit now because she has done it so long? She also has gotten worse since gettin the new horse which is a gelding, I watch her reactions and it seems in some cases he may be challenging her for the lead but will run when she comes at him pinning her ears back & my other mare is 28 and completely gives in to any other horse, no fight in her she just runs away.
justicefmly is offline  
post #5 of 17 Old 02-01-2011, 11:37 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 243
• Horses: 0
Your situation sounds exactly the same as mine!! My almost 4 year old quarter horse is the boss of everyone. She acts "jealous" if either of the other two get any attention. I have a new gelding that hasn't really tried to challenge her but it is hard to even catch him at times because she comes at him and scares him off from me. Then she stands there like put the halter on me. I bring the carrot stick out with me when I catch him now to keep her off of us and safe.
Just thought I would share that we have the same problem here and I am interested in hearing other peoples view on these behaviors!
TamaraB is offline  
post #6 of 17 Old 02-01-2011, 11:46 AM
Foal
 
Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Orange County, California
Posts: 110
• Horses: 3
It also sounds like you are trying to feed at the same time every day, and she is impatient when you aren't there right at the moment she thinks you should be. I would vary the feeding times quite a bit so she doesn't get into a habit.
CanyonCowboy is offline  
post #7 of 17 Old 02-01-2011, 12:13 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 79
• Horses: 3
Sounds like these gals were cut from the same cloth! I don't think the previous owner did anything about the behavior. The good about her is she is soooo loving, loves ppl, lil nosy.. shes like the sour patch kid first shes sour then shes sweet. lol If I find any techniques that work I will be sure to share w/ya. Thanx for sharing & good luck to you

Quote:
Originally Posted by TamaraB View Post
Your situation sounds exactly the same as mine!! My almost 4 year old quarter horse is the boss of everyone. She acts "jealous" if either of the other two get any attention. I have a new gelding that hasn't really tried to challenge her but it is hard to even catch him at times because she comes at him and scares him off from me. Then she stands there like put the halter on me. I bring the carrot stick out with me when I catch him now to keep her off of us and safe.
Just thought I would share that we have the same problem here and I am interested in hearing other peoples view on these behaviors!
justicefmly is offline  
post #8 of 17 Old 02-01-2011, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 79
• Horses: 3
Hey canyon thanks for the input, I do try to feed at the same time each day well actually I have to w/ my schedule..I leave work & usually have enough time to get their grain & hay together right before it gets dark, which makes it easier. The weekends its a lil easier cuz I can vary the times but still she paws the whole time.

Quote:
Originally Posted by CanyonCowboy View Post
It also sounds like you are trying to feed at the same time every day, and she is impatient when you aren't there right at the moment she thinks you should be. I would vary the feeding times quite a bit so she doesn't get into a habit.
justicefmly is offline  
post #9 of 17 Old 02-01-2011, 12:37 PM
Foal
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 243
• Horses: 0
She is the same way!!! She is all up in everyones buisness all the time! Loves attention and is like me me me when we are out there giving pets. You can see her in the picture. My mom was visiting and was out with the camera and she was putting her face in the way, take a pic of me!!! We were putting out round bales the other day and she stood right in front of the truck and wouldnt move. Then I guess she smelled the exhaust and stood there with her lip up. I love her to death, but she is very demanding for sure!
TamaraB is offline  
post #10 of 17 Old 02-01-2011, 12:47 PM Thread Starter
Foal
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 79
• Horses: 3
Thats funny u mentioned the truck, made me think of something else. Kya (the brat) stood in front of my sons truck when he was trying to move the empty horse trailer out of the field, when she moved away she threw her head and kicked at his truck, luckily missing it..The place she came from took her somewhere every weekend prior to her injury, I've had her since Sept. 09 and she hasn't been anywhere but in that pasture. She loves to go in the trailer even w/ out being asked & she flips out when my hubby brings his enclosed in and out I guess thinking other horses are coming and going?
justicefmly is offline  
Reply

Tags
behavior , bucking , demanding , impatient , pawing

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.



User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.


Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
very impatient! (long) dreamrideredc Horse Training 4 06-14-2009 09:34 PM
Too Impatient! huntergrl Horses for Sale 10 01-09-2008 07:35 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome