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post #1 of 9 Old 03-10-2011, 07:06 PM Thread Starter
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Wow crazy horse =/

Ok so Lola s acting so weird lately...When little kids walk past her she pins her ears back and swings her head up and down...She never does this if a bigger person walks past her. What is she doing?! I really don't want her biting little kids so I had to put a muzzle on her today. People are actually laughing at her it is so crazy...And does not make sense. Why is she only doing it to small people? Is it a herd thing? And how can I stop it. I have tried the thing where I hold a nail and she will bite that but she then just tries to eat it =/ And how can I stop it when she actually does not bite...I guess the kids are too far away for her to reach but the other day one of them was standing near to her and she attempted to bite her. Now every time that same kid walks past she tries to attack her..But the weird thing is she only starts doing it when this kid walks past..Then she will do it every time other kids walk past...I know this sounds so confusing but if you actually seen her you would think she was the weirdest horse ever.

I really need help because I would not like an angry parent come up to me saying my horse bit their child.

Everyone is saying it is not like her to bite at all. Maybe it is her sore leg but they are actually not near her leg when she does it. I know a horse there has a really bad back and if you try to touch it at all he will try to bite.

I am so amazed and confused at this =/
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post #2 of 9 Old 03-10-2011, 07:54 PM
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So she does have a sore leg?

That would make sense even if the kids aren't even close to her legs. Horses are prey animals and if they are in pain or wounded they will try to protect themselves--especially their legs--by biting, kicking, or running away if they can. Kids are smaller and if the horse is in a time of distress, their smaller size may resemble a predator unlike adults.

I'm not sure, its just a theory. But she's probably acting this way in general if she's in pain. Poor girl.

As far as stopping her from biting, I would bop her hard in the jaw/side of mouth with your elbow. They key though is to watch her body language and when you can tell she's getting tense and snaking her neck out, a firm "NO" should stop her before she escalates to a bite.

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<sighs> your horse has been in pain for over a month, she is going to be grumpy. You would be too I think.

Can you move her to a stall at the end of the barn where there is not as much traffic?
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post #4 of 9 Old 03-11-2011, 12:22 AM
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<sighs> your horse has been in pain for over a month, she is going to be grumpy. You would be too I think.

Can you move her to a stall at the end of the barn where there is not as much traffic?
Ya, what she said.
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If you can, definitely move her to an area that is less frequented. Also if she isn't so lame that turnout would hurt her more, I strongly advise you get her OUT of that stall, and alot, if you can...she is bored, and stall bound. Now that doesn't excuse disrespectful behavior, BUT it does explain it...

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mom2pride, ideally read this entire thread, if you don't have the time or the inclination, read the last few pages.

What on Earth is wrong with this horse?!
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post #7 of 9 Old 03-11-2011, 01:09 AM
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If she is only doing this towards little kids, my first instinct would be that she is being tormented/teased by little kids. And maybe it's the kid she almost bit, since you said she tries to get him every time?

That's my guess, but I am paranoid..
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post #8 of 9 Old 03-11-2011, 03:26 AM
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mustbemonroe, that was my first thought. If she only starts doing it after she sees one specific kid and its a new behavior is that kid bothering her?
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-11-2011, 06:34 AM Thread Starter
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I do't think that kid would be bothering her because she is afraid to stand near horses at all. She won't even lead her own pony ( Although she does do it now which is great! )

She has not been in a stall for the past 2 weeks she has been outside. So I don't think she is bored etc. But when she is stabled she hates it! She actually started biting after she was first stabled so she probably just forgot to stop. And because she goes a bit mad in a stable she has to be put in one with chains so the door can be left open so she can not kick it and so she can see more around her. This makes her more open to people.

The last time she was in the stable there was like 70 kids running around her and she tried to bite some of them..Maybe that made her not like them?
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