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post #1 of 11 Old 04-25-2013, 02:48 PM Thread Starter
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Naughty Mare: How to fix it?

We have a pasture of three. A twenty-three year old sorrel mare, a thirteen year old bay mare (who is the daughter to the sorrel and hasn't left her side since birth), and a ten year-old bay mare (my riding mare and my only horse). Every time I go out to the pasture I take the chance of getting kicked by the 13 year old mare, Jazzy. She's at the top of the pecking order and has no respect. All of the mares come up to me and once the other two mares are by me, Jazzy decides to pin her ears back and start kicking away. She also tries to kick at my mare through the round pen when I am working with her. I love horses, but I am sick of her. She's not even my mare, she's my mother's, but my mom does not work with her at all like she had planned...So...I'm stuck with fixing this issue. The sorrel and my riding mare aren't aggressive horses at all. My mare, Willow, will pin her ears back when Jazzy gets too close, but she respects me when I tell her no and ignores Jazzy and pays attention to me. I'm always stuck with swishing her away and tell her to beat it. And I know that isn't how I should go about the problem. What's are you opinions? What should I do to get her to knock it off? She needs to respect my space, especially when I am working with the other horses. Jazzy will just not stop. Help would be great! I want to fix this as soon as possible.
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post #2 of 11 Old 04-25-2013, 02:58 PM
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You need to run her off everytime she is near you and bossing/fussing with the others. Every....single...time. We have a very bossy mare, too, but she will not mess with the others around me.
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I would carry a whip into the pasture, if it were me, and not hesitate to use it along with getting really scary looking and sounding if she so much as looks cross eyed at you. This will not get better unless you assert yourself as boss of her. Go into the pasture with a "you're not the boss of me" attitude. If you are young, I would suggest getting help, or seperating them. make it clear to your mom that she has a choice. Deal with her nasty mare or see someone possibly hurt.

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post #4 of 11 Old 04-25-2013, 03:34 PM Thread Starter
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I'm 15, but I've been around horses all my life and know what to expect from them. I've been kicked, bucked off, bitten, stepped on, and drug. And I'm not a small twig of a girl. So horses, especially ones that need to be trained, I'm not afraid of working with. I have family and friends that enjoy coming over and seeing our horses and I'm afraid they will get hurt.
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Well, at 15, I am hesitant to tell you to do it yourself. Does mom understand how dangerous little pookey is? I sold one who got mean with my daughter around. Could have said "meat wagon" on the trailer that took him and I wouldn't have cared.
Whips will make an occasional one worse, so be super cautious.

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I usually do not say my age and it's nice that people talk to me as though I am a regular adult. Half the time I am more mature than my own mother. That being said, I would just like some opinions on how to deal with our mare's behavior and how I can fix it. I've been around horses and know far more about horses than my mom as well. And if I don't do something about this girlie's behavior, nothing will be done. I just want to know how to make this mare respect people in the pasture. And thank you for your input.
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post #7 of 11 Old 04-26-2013, 02:04 AM
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I agree with taking a long whip out to the riled with you and using it when she starts to be boss. Drive her away from the other two and keep her away.

At 15 I was well capable of sorting a problem like this out. it depends on your attitude to it all and the ability to take charge.
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You can get greater range with small rocks and chunks of dirt than with a whip. Just don't put an eye out, and be aware of the effect that anything you do towards the one mare has on all of the horses.

Many years ago I was working on this breeding farm and one of the mares was very protective of all the foals (not only her own) and would charge a person if you went out into the pasture with them. One day she charged me and I picked up one of those rubber grain tubs and sailed it through the air and it bounced off of her back. That effectively reversed the charge.
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post #9 of 11 Old 04-26-2013, 03:01 PM
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To get them to stay away, I like to start with a medium length buggy whip. They are a bit longer than a dressage whip, but not as long and unwieldy as a lunge whip. I teach them that my personal space is the length of the whip I carry. I also teach them that if I approach, they should stand so I can walk up to them, but they are not allowed to come into my space unless I ask.

Enter the field carrying the whip in a non-threatening manner, I just let it drag or tip it up and rest it over my shoulder. Head towards the horse you want, and watch for Jazzy to start coming close. When she does, step towards her, get big, growl and glare, tell her to "get back". If that isn't enough and she just stands there or pushes closer, give a sharp whack on the shoulder and drive her off. Don't just pick and peck at her, give her one good whack that means business. BE CAREFUL at this point and try not to let them surround you, because they will probably ALL spin around and take off, watch for flying hooves!

Let everything settle back down and do it again... and again, and again, until it sinks in that her bad behavior will NOT be tolerated any longer.

Good luck and be safe.
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post #10 of 11 Old 04-26-2013, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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I could picture Jazzy spinning and kicking after I'd give her that whack on the shoulder. But yeah, watch for flying hooves. Dealt with plenty of those.
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