Thanks for the reply, Her behavior w/ the bucking, pawing, throwing her head etc. isn't usually directed at me, Its towards the other horses or while she is just in the field standing for her food.
She behaved this way towards me when I first got her but I started carrying a whip & she stopped. I have had only 2 other episodes w/ her since I got the new horse that I actually felt unsafe and they were due to her gettin upset because the new horse was trying to go past her to get to the other horses food while Kya was eating. Due to both of them pushing my 28 yr. (Galaxy) old around I put her way down the fence line when feeding her and he (Doc) would try to past Kya to go run off Galaxy & she would just flip so I felt I was going to get caught in the crossfires because she constantly kicks out when upset.
I have now moved Galaxy closer to the others & made it where neither of the other horses have to go behind Kya while she's eating. I also stood guard over Galaxy w/ a whip a few times to keep the others away and now they don't try to push her off her food.
Kya is fine after she gets what she wants which tells me she thinks its her way or no way, & this is what I need to change. I have control over her & she does listen to me but she is very BOSSY with the other horses & will not even give them a millimeter before she flips out.
Originally Posted by TheLovedOne
I've socialized quite a few horses and yes they can act the way you describe. I agree that you should carry a stick and not let them near you if they act crazy - bucking, charging etc. I find that actually approaching them after I feed and giving them a little rub and hug on the neck really helps - it's like mama horse feeding her foal. That's what I do and usually the behavoir stops completely. I'm not into tying horses up like that 'cause I wonder what they're really learning about me or anything at all.