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  • My yearling tries to run me over
  • Mare bolts out of the stall

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    01-03-2012, 04:34 PM
  #11
Trained
I know there are several ways that probably would solve the problem. My horse was injured as a weanling/yearling at the breeder's farm and I didn't get her til she was 16 years old and no one had tried/been able to train that bolt out of her. After she knocked me down and dragged me about 25 ft one day, we spent the next 3 days going through gates as I've described. By the end of the 3rd day, as long as I did every single step exactly the same way, she was very good about the gates. Fast forward 10 years and I still HAD to do it exactly the same way every single time. I had made up my mind that the mare would never be sold, and she was not. I kept her til I had to put her down due complications from long term laminitis. After being dragged, I would NOT sell the mare to anyone, for fear they would make a mistake and get injured. She was my mare and my responsibility for life.
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    01-03-2012, 11:27 PM
  #12
Yearling
+1 on respect, consistency, and then more consistency.

Huey used to do this. Going in and out of his stall, he'd drag his butt like he thought the fires of hell were on the other side of the door (outside, if he was in; inside, if he was out, yes, same stall all the time). He'd get persuaded to approach the door, and then he'd barrel charge right through the thing, and who cares if any person was in the way. I am pretty sure that someone had been careless and let a door or gate close on him, possibly repeatedly. But still. I won't let that happen, and he needed to learn this.

This was before he became my horse. He tried that on me once. I had a firm grip on the lead rope pretty close under his head, and as soon as he started to gather himself up to charge through the door, I gave the lead rope a good firm yank and wiggled it in a big way to get him to back up (this is *after* we taught him that wiggling lead rope means "back up"...usually, he doesn't need a big huge wiggle, but it was pretty clear that he had other things on his mind, and the dramatic gesture served to redirect his attention). He backed up, and I told him "ho!" and stopped him in the aisle for a minute, and then we tried again. He did much the same thing, and this time I backed him about twice as far. Then we stopped, and took a breath, and tried it again. He got the clue, and I haven't had any problems with him lurching through the door or gate since.

Best to cut this behavior off right away. The others are right - it's dangerous. AND it's a nuisance.
     
    01-11-2012, 12:13 PM
  #13
Foal
My mare is only like this with her outside stall door that opens to her paddock. She does not do this with any other gate or door. I think she just really hates being locked in for some reason. We are working on it and she is improving but still has a long ways to go. I have owned this mare for about 3 months and recently went and visited the lady I got her from and she informed me that when she got her 8 years ago she had been severely abused. When she got her she was serverly underweight, had been beaten with a whip, was majorly negeleted. She bit and kicked like crazy. I never would have guessed this because she has never attempted to bite or kick. The lady said she took a very long time training her and had her over all these bad habits. This reinforced with me how important it is that she repsect AND trust me. She is a wonderful horse and I am seeing such a better side of her now that I am spending alot of ground work with her.
     
    01-11-2012, 12:18 PM
  #14
Trained
Since almost all the technicalities have been covered...

I don't know about you guys, but if my horse tried to run me over she would get the hardest smack to the chest she ever had and all that would be heard would be the sound of her flying backwards into her stall again. There is not a single instance where I would EVER allow that to happen. Seen too many people get hurt by pushy horses.
     
    01-11-2012, 12:51 PM
  #15
mls
Trained
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Originally Posted by nmelissawest    
my mare is only like this with her outside stall door that opens to her paddock. She does not do this with any other gate or door. I think she just really hates being locked in for some reason.
How is she in the stall? Does she pace or stand quietly.

Are other stall doors opened before hers?
     
    01-11-2012, 02:45 PM
  #16
Yearling
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Originally Posted by nmelissawest    
She is a wonderful horse and I am seeing such a better side of her now that I am spending alot of ground work with her.
And let us say, amen. I can't believe what an impact doing groundwork has on Huey's disposition. I haven't been able to ride him for a month because of winter and such, and he was definitely getting a little bit testy. I started taking him out for just really basic stuff, and lunging him for ten minutes when possible, and it took the starch right out of his attitude. Turned him from a star-gazing giraffe with a doubtful glare into my cheeky affectionate boy again.
     
    01-11-2012, 05:20 PM
  #17
Weanling
Personally, I would do ground work with her in the arena, outside etc. work with her there and refresh her on some of the halter etiquette, stopping when you stop, backing up when you ask etc (even if she is pretty good in a halter regularily). Once you have refreshed her there I would work her with the stall issue. It often happens that the ground work reestablishes that she needs to stay out of your bubble and stall or not she should remember that.

Goodluck!
     
    01-12-2012, 10:12 AM
  #18
Foal
Quote:
Originally Posted by mls    
How is she in the stall? Does she pace or stand quietly.

Are other stall doors opened before hers?
No she is perfectly content while in there she stands quietly and I am always careful as to let her out before anyone else. But either way first or not she acts the same.
     

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