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    01-31-2011, 09:17 PM
  #1
Foal
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.
     
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    01-31-2011, 09:30 PM
  #2
Trained
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.
     
    01-31-2011, 09:37 PM
  #3
Yearling
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!"
     
    02-01-2011, 10:28 AM
  #4
Foal
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.
     
    02-01-2011, 11:37 AM
  #5
Foal
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!
     
    02-01-2011, 11:46 AM
  #6
Foal
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.
     
    02-01-2011, 12:13 PM
  #7
Foal
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.. she's like the sour patch kid first she's sour then she's sweet. Lol If I find any techniques that work I will be sure to share w/ya. Thanx for sharing & good luck to you

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Originally Posted by TamaraB    
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!
     
    02-01-2011, 12:21 PM
  #8
Foal
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 because I can vary the times but still she paws the whole time.

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Originally Posted by CanyonCowboy    
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.
     
    02-01-2011, 12:37 PM
  #9
Foal
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!
     
    02-01-2011, 12:47 PM
  #10
Foal
Thats funny you 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?
     

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