Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: somewhere in Illinois
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What would cause this behaviour???
I have a 5 yo gelding, whom I have owned since he was about 6months old.. I have known him since he was just a few days old, and became instantly attatched to him... The problems I am having with him seem to be jealousy of my time with other horses, but he also acts this way with men that I am close with...
First off when I first got Gypsy, he was put in a pasture with my 2 geldings after he got settled in for a few days... He did not like my gelding Bubba getting anywhere near me at all... I made the mistake of taking Bubba riding one day without closing the gate behind me, he tried to rear up and kick at my gelding... He would then just run the other horses off when I tried to spend any time with them... I do spend equal time with them so its not like he is neglected or anything.. Maybe he sensed Bubba was my favorite?? When I had BUbba put to sleep 2 years ago, his behaviour seemed to get worse..
My next example is when I first introduced my husband to him, he was very jealous and didnt want my husband talking to me or anything.. If I was talking to him, he would walk between us and put his head up so I couldnt speak to my husband at all... He hasnt showed any aggression to my husband other than moving between us and not allowing us to talk... Now that he is older and accustomed to seeing my husband I have no problems with him... He has never done anything like this with my Dad, brother,farrier, or the trainer... (All of them are Males)
I also had an occurance today when I had a friend (male) out to hunt morel mushrooms.. I went in the house and told my friend to go ahead and start looking for them by the horses that I would be out in a minute.. I went in the house and came back out and Gypsy had gone with him down the hill...My friend said he followed him around and didnt act up with him at all.. He never showed signs of aggression.. When I came out of the house and went to the gate, he went running up to the fence and stood there while I let myself in.. I then went to join my friend to hunt mushrooms and Gypsy would NOT leave my side.. He doesnt invade my personal space, but he just stuck next to my side and would not leave.. When my friend and I started walking up the hill with me, Gypsy started to get moody with my friend and would kinda do a half rear at him... I then disciplined him and told him NO in a firm voice... HE would prick his ears forward and its like he knew that he did wrong, but once my friend switched sides to get away from him Gypsy switched sides and went at him again... I once again discpilined him but this time I smacked him on the shoulder and told him NO in a very firm voice... Well once again he went after my friend, and this time my friend yelled at him and told him NO and shooed him off, but he came back again and was trying to kick at him with his front feet...
I really am clueless as to what is causing this, it could be a dominance thing, or it could be a lack of respect, but I really don't have a problem when its just the 2 of us... ALso he only does this with males, and its not just any male because he doesnt do it with my dad, brother, trainer and or my farrier.. I have never had a problem with any females either.. So does anyone know why my horse is acting like this??
Thanks for reading, Sorry its so long