Setting Hidalgo freeee...mental illness and horses. - Page 4

       The Horse Forum > Training Horses > Horse Training

Setting Hidalgo freeee...mental illness and horses.

This is a discussion on Setting Hidalgo freeee...mental illness and horses. within the Horse Training forums, part of the Training Horses category
  • Mental illness in horses
  • Mental illness in horse owners

LinkBack Thread Tools
    02-09-2010, 05:32 PM
I imagine you agree, though, that this is a man-made problem, something that usually occurs as a result of raising horses in environments where they cannot acquire adequate social skills as youngsters. Successful horses in the wild develop social skills and *want* to be in herd; those who can't get on in a herd probably don't last long enough to pass along their genes.
Sponsored Links
    02-09-2010, 05:36 PM
Green Broke
Definitely man-made, but I don't think it's a fault of horse owners. A lot of owners only have one horse and when they move into boarding situations there can be problems.
    02-09-2010, 07:12 PM
There's a mare at my barn that for most of her life lived alone. Now she lives with 9 other horses, and is pastured with 4 other mares. She has sort of an unhealthy obsession with my mare. They're stalled next to each other, and if Athena moves around too much or if I take her out and put her on the cross-ties. The mare starts to get upset, paces her stall and neighs until she's back. I can't take Athena on a trail ride w/o her getting upset. Even if I walk her along the outside of the fence. The mare will run back and fourth, and neigh her head off. When they're out in the pasture the mare follows Athena around like a lost puppy. Athena often gets frustrated and will try to bite at her, but it never really works.
    02-09-2010, 11:39 PM
I think this is one of the only instances where horses really are a lot like people. Some horses truly can't stand other horses. Some horses are bossy, some horses like to be left alone, some want to cause mischief, some want to play. Have you ever seen a horse "fake" spook to get the others riled?
I have a gelding who since his hooves hit the earth has been in charge. He will herd the other horses into a safe corner while he investigates the strange plastic bag that has blown into the pasture and has stuck itself on a twig.
I have had a breeding stallion so sweet and calm that he was the best choice as the companion for my sick -300 pound rescue gelding. He would even eat from the same pile of hay as the gelding. The stallion had a very normal existence. He was always kept with geldings and mares his whole life even when he was being bred. He is naturally very passive, and is now a very well adjusted riding gelding.
I am now down to a herd of three. I can't help but watch them interact out the back window. The boss of the herd teaches the two year old, as my now healthy rescue gelding looks on only sometimes jumping into the wrestling matches. They are constantly communicating and have become very much like a family.
Anyone who works a day job can see that human herds are not that different. There are those that we make fun of, popular ones we all like, there are those we look to for advice, and those we avoid as much as possible. Some never fit into the human herd either.
Only children can be a little neurotic too.

Quick Reply
Please help keep the Horse Forum enjoyable by reporting rude posts.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Horse Forum forums, you must first register.

Already have a Horse Forum account?
Members are allowed only one account per person at the Horse Forum, so if you've made an account here in the past you'll need to continue using that account. Please do not create a new account or you may lose access to the Horse Forum. If you need help recovering your existing account, please Contact Us. We'll be glad to help!

New to the Horse Forum?
Please choose a username you will be satisfied with using for the duration of your membership at the Horse Forum. We do not change members' usernames upon request because that would make it difficult for everyone to keep track of who is who on the forum. For that reason, please do not incorporate your horse's name into your username so that you are not stuck with a username related to a horse you may no longer have some day, or use any other username you may no longer identify with or care for in the future.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Old Thread Warning
This thread is more than 90 days old. When a thread is this old, it is often better to start a new thread rather than post to it. However, If you feel you have something of value to add to this particular thread, you can do so by checking the box below before submitting your post.

Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hidalgo LoveStory10 Famous Horses 26 02-10-2011 04:19 PM
Mental abuse? Just need an opinion. DixiesPaintedNova Horse Talk 9 12-25-2008 07:12 PM
Strange Illness Angilina Horse Health 11 12-17-2008 01:32 PM
New Here, Meet Hidalgo (Warning: Lots of pics) PaintedDaisiesofIce Horse Riding Critique 14 05-12-2008 05:03 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 06:43 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2015, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Friendly URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0