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post #1 of 22 Old 05-23-2011, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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New Colt attacked me at feeding time!

a few of you may be aware i rescued a colt two weeks ago and you'll be happy to know he is on the mend. however this evening i went in with his night feed and he went mental. rearing and striking out, biting. I honestly thought he was going to kill me. well i smacked him with the bucket and chased him all round the stable. stamping my feet and making loads of noise. i just couldn't believe how he reacted. any ideas? I totally refuse to throw the bucket over the door, i can't let him win on this.
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post #2 of 22 Old 05-23-2011, 05:28 PM
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Wow, Did you have a different Bucket, or did you approach him differently, sounds like he was scared. I would just take it real easy when I go in and talk to him soothlingly-see what happens.

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post #3 of 22 Old 05-23-2011, 05:35 PM
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How old is he, is he still a stud, what do you know about his previous owner's care?

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post #4 of 22 Old 05-23-2011, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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I'm pretty sure he wasn't scared of me. totally the same bucket. this has built up slowly since i got him, he has been impatient, and difficult to make wait. this was a very confident attack, I'm sure of it.
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he's 10months old. his previous owner kept him locked up inside his stable since he was weaned at 8 months. he couldn't see out. he now has a strict routine, set meal times, set exercise times, set grooming times etc etc. he has also started calling a lot. im sure his testicles are about to drop, the stallion is coming out in him. once he is over this infection which he has im getting him gelded. It was like a possessed animal this evening.
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post #6 of 22 Old 05-23-2011, 06:11 PM
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He's a horse not a child with ADHD who will freak out when things go off schedule. Getting used to the unusual should be part of the growing up process.

I think gelding him and give him time with other horses who can teach him how to be a nice fella would be a good start.

I got to work with allot of stallions and while they can be stupid and study SOME times, I never once felt threatened in their presence. So saying this a typical stallion behavior seems a bit of a stretch to me. I would assume it had more to do with his deprivation of contact then anything.

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post #7 of 22 Old 05-23-2011, 06:23 PM
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Agreed, Cecillia.
Is he turned out with other horses? Sounds like he needs an attitude adjustment pronto.
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post #8 of 22 Old 05-23-2011, 07:26 PM
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I'd have to agree with the others. A good alpha mare will put him in his place in no time. And it sounds like it's time to start serious groundwork with him so YOU can put him in his place too. You say it's been building it only at feeding time. First you need to stay safe, but also not let him get away with it. Groundwork teaching him to back up would help on two levels. it's hard for a horse to back up and the more you can make them do it, the more alpha you become. Then you'd also have a cue to get him out of your way when you take his feed in. Good luck.
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post #9 of 22 Old 05-23-2011, 07:30 PM
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Set times are the worst in my opinion. Yes, it's good to feed them at roughly the same time every day, but I never want my horses anticipating a schedule. It doesn't matter if hay is about to be thrown, I am riding now and you can eat after!

I think a set schedule could actually hurt more then hinder this colt if he's getting impatient - horses that learn to anticipate things are a colossal pain to work with. I think you'd be a lot better off if you jazzed it up a bit. Don't let him anticipate that it's 5pm and the REASON you're coming in his stall is to feed him. That just gives him between the last time he saw you and this time to work up all the horrible things he's going to do to get his way!

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Very much agreed!! I noticed that the horses at the barn I work at are very aggressive and impatient at feed time because they know when food is coming. they also refuse to do anything at or around this time.

My horses never have a problem, as I feed at around the same time of day, but never at a specific time.
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