My mum has this new horse, a 14.3hh bay thoroughbred mare named DJ, she is 10 years old and was abandoned in a forest when she finished racing. Apparently she was beaten and had pawing chains on etc at this place, she was taken off the owner by the spca around 8 months ago and has scars everywhere... But the problem is, she was beaten into defiance, not submission, so it seems.
When we first got her, we had her on trial for 2 months and she was the sweetest thing in every way, apart from being a little difficult to pick out her front hooves(we think this is in relation to the pawing chains/shackles)
-It was winter at the time, so mares don't cycle... Yes??
Well, it is now spring and her behaviour is getting progressively worse, she has turned into a little tart when she comes into heat, peeing all over my gelding and rubbing her behind on him, spraying herself everywhere, and my gelding hates it, he's sick of her and so am I.
So I seperated them, and little miss houdini gets out and in with Mitchell. Every time.
Tonight I seperated them so I could ride Mitchell in peace and he was brilliant, so I untacked and left him tied up while I brought DJ in to swap them over. DJ was tied up, and I lead Mitch out to the grassy paddock, when DJ breaks off the fence and comes galloping over peeing and whatnot. So I put Mitch in the grass, and tie DJ up again... Twice. Both times she broke off, and on the 4th time back to the fence she decided she had had enough, and reared up full height and come crashing down on my foot (which I suspect is broken now it effing hurts.) She did this again and again, inching her way closer to me upper body, so I got her hooves moving, backwards, forwards, sideways whatever way I could get them moving, until she decided she didn't want to do that either, and just stood there taking every command I gave her, over her shoulder like I was dirt. She reared up again and went to strike out at me, so I stepped back still holding the line, and whacked her hard over the base of the neck with my rope. I hate hitting my horses, but in this instance it was my safety over hers. I eventually got her dealt to and behaving. So I let her go, in the paddock with NO grass whatsoever, though I think she may be in with mitch by the time I get up in the morning.
What do I do with her now? I have several options, each of which I am happy to look in to because there is no way in hell I am risking my mum getting hurt by this psycho mare.
-I can keep going with her, try out different grass, no grass, mare calmers whatever.
-I can send her off to my racehorse trainer neighbour to sort out
-We can sell her
-Or we can shoot her (last ditch effort btw)
But whatever we do, something needs to be done. She is not in pain, and up until she started coming into heat she was brilliant to work with in every way, to worm, to ride, to handle on the ground, whatever. But if you tell her off, she will just stare at you and proceed to get nasty, that's what I mean by she's been beaten into defiance. She looks at you and kind of seems to say "well then do your worst, I don't care"