Originally Posted by washington_rodeo_queen
I have a qh stally....the other day we were working in the out door arena and he reared and sruck me...it was really scary, he did it the other night too....I was asking to to back up in the stall and he pinned his ears and tryed to strike me.(he didnt rear just struck out) I dono what to do please help!!!
Definitely sounds like a dominance thing to me too. Esp in the stall -- he figures it's his space and you're not to be there. I would do lots and lots of groundwork with him. Do some stuff that you know he doesn't like and work him work him work him until he does what you want. Each lesson might only be for one particular thing, but you would also be teaching him you are alpha.
One thing that helps IMO is to always, always, always have a "stick" -- riding crop length, just an extension of your arm. A crop won't do it because it's not stiff enough. I used an arrow shaft with a "bullet tip" on it. Not sharp, but pointy. Use that "stick" to tell him your space. If he comes toward you at any time without being asked, hold the stick out and touch him... if he continues to come forward, don't put the stick down - hold it and the harder he pushes the more pressure (leading to pain) he will feel.
Another idea -- if he's trying to strike -- if you can grab his leg, then YOU have his balance. I once held up a 1200 lb stallion by his hind leg and he either had to give in or fall. He gave in.
Remember YOU move into his space, not the other way around.
I once had a young draft stallion rear up and knock me down on the ground. Thankfully, at the moment I wasn't scared -- just mighty P-O'd so I grabbed his leg and thought "you bugger -you put me down, you can dang well pick me up if you're going to rear again and otherwise *I* have made contact!" Gotta admit, it took some doing to go back later that same day and deal with him though. I needed to gather my wits and be strong.