Originally Posted by Horse racer
Got some good progress today. In the first 20 minutes being with him, everytime he'd nip or pin his ears I'd back him up and make him move his feet. He stopped and didn't pin his ears or nip anymore. We'll work on it more tomorrow.
But, yeah I should quit...but I've gotten attached to the horses. But, when I was first hired and "interviewed" for the job. The big red flag that came up when I was talking to the guy is that he kept saying horses are very stupid animals and always need to have an eye on them.
But, I think I'll call a vet...maybe. It's not just me who he's suddenly aggressive with. He is becoming very aggressive with the other horse. The other horse was always the dominant horse between the two. Herbie would never fight back when he was put in his place. Now he is always going after the other horse. Always pinning his ears at him and biting and charging at him...it's wierd. Whenever the other horse is around Herbie will not eave him alone, like just his presence is extremely irritating to him.
Be very careful how much you get attached to other people's horses... they can sometimes take advantage of you. I used to ride my neighbor's horse for fun and it was very meaningful to me because I loved horses and my neighbor tried to let his horse be half mine. Before he died, he said he wanted me to take care of his horse, his wife knew nothing about horses and he trusted me to know how to care for the horse. To make a long story short, the horse was supposed to be given to me but the owner's widow wanted more time to "get over grieving," then she needed time to "think about it," then she started asking me for money to take care of the horse. I spent my entire college savings on that horse, got her diagnosed with Cushing's Disease, chronic laminitis and IR, meanwhile the owner's widow didn't want to pay for it because she refused to believe that the horse was sick. I went broke, and when I told the owner's widow I had no money left, she sold the horse.
LFMF that was four years of my life and $10k down the drain that I'm still having to pay off. Don't let your love for any one horse suck you into something that's going to still be hurting for years afterward.