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    07-31-2010, 11:23 AM
Unhappy Super grumpy!

My horse has become the barn grump. She has started pinning her ears at everyone and trying to bite some of them too. I didn't believe it as she has never done any of those things to me, but I finally saw it the other day when she tried to bite a passing rider. She has also started fence fighting. What could have sparked this change of personality? I should say I am leaving the current barn I am at because the food is horrid and the barn mngr did not even tell me about the fence fighting. I just kept finding ouchies on her and wondered how she got them as they are not turned out together. I have to wonder what else they are not telling me, but I will be outta there soon anyway. I plan on spending Fall and Winter working on all her ground basics again, but she hasn't had the biting problem with me. How do I keep her from trying to eat the other people? Thanks in advance!!!
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    08-03-2010, 12:42 AM
Is your horse boarded inside? How often does your horse get out in the week and for how long? Normally this happens because of boredom. Or it's a behavior issue. If she gets turned out with other horses, then she may have picked up on the biting from being out with them.

What I would do to stop this is probably instead of her going out with friends have her be worked for about an hour. Or have her be alone for a bit in the pasture.

This is all how you board your horse. If she is already outside with other horses then your horse just needs to learn respect when it comes to people!
    08-04-2010, 06:05 AM
I always believe that if a horse behavior changes then they are trying to tell us something. If your horse has suddenly had a personality change then I'd check her health first. You say the food is horrid. Could she be suffering from digestive problems?

But if she is fit and healthy then my next focus would be on her environment. I've seen beautifully natured horses turn grumpy when put into stables where they are treated badly. You might just find that moving her to a stable with a better environment will improve her mood greatly.
    08-04-2010, 06:59 AM
It's a mare xD

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