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    11-22-2012, 09:40 PM
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Yearling Rearing

My horse Breeze is a black quarter horse filly. She is very friendly. Today when I went out to see her, I was running around, she was following me. Then I ran up to the gate and she ran after me. What concerned me though was when she reared. She lashed out at me. I went to grab her, to put the halter on and she reared again.

Is this something to be concered about or was she just being playful? I did get mad at her though.

P.S. Breeze has never done that. Everyday when I go to see her I call her name and she runs to the gate. She is almost bomb proof and the only time she runs around is if the other horses start bucking and kicking

I am also aware that she is in the copy cat age and another horse that she is with reared a lot.

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    11-22-2012, 09:54 PM
  #2
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I would say that the incident could all be put down to you behaving badly around young horses!

You seem to think that having a horse follow you whilst you run around is good because they are being 'friendly' and you already have a form of 'join up' but, to the young horse you are just a playmate so, for her to rear at you is her continuing to play. She was incorrect in her thinking but not acting maliciously or, to her badly.

Stop treating her as if she were a dog or a play thing. Treat her as a young horse and do not feed her treats or try and play with her or you will be in for a nasty accident.

You were right in correcting her but you must stop muddling her by wanting to play.
     
    11-22-2012, 09:59 PM
  #3
Yearling
FoxHunter is right. You cannot be running around and acting like a horse yourself. This will do nothing but bad to you in the future when she's all grown up and 1,000 pounds.

I would start working a bit on ground manners right now and no treats, playing, etc. with her. She's a horse. She doesn't realize how big she is or that she can easily hurt you with one kick.
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    11-22-2012, 10:00 PM
  #4
Yearling
That is something you are going to want to get her to stop doing right away!! That is dangerous, whether she thinks you were playing with her or not you shouldn't let her away with that. Have you done any ground work with her at all?
     
    11-22-2012, 10:00 PM
  #5
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Foxhunter    
I would say that the incident could all be put down to you behaving badly around young horses!

You seem to think that having a horse follow you whilst you run around is good because they are being 'friendly' and you already have a form of 'join up' but, to the young horse you are just a playmate so, for her to rear at you is her continuing to play. She was incorrect in her thinking but not acting maliciously or, to her badly.

Stop treating her as if she were a dog or a play thing. Treat her as a young horse and do not feed her treats or try and play with her or you will be in for a nasty accident.

You were right in correcting her but you must stop muddling her by wanting to play.
ITA with Foxhunter on this. She did exactly what you "told" her to do - you initiated the behavior (unintentionally/unthinkingly) - the fact that you then became angry with her is only going to muddle things in her mind as she tries to work out what it is you want of her.
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    11-22-2012, 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Breezy2011    
My horse Breeze is a black quarter horse filly. She is very friendly. Today when I went out to see her, I was running around, she was following me. Then I ran up to the gate and she ran after me. What concerned me though was when she reared. She lashed out at me. I went to grab her, to put the halter on and she reared again.

Is this something to be concered about or was she just being playful? I did get mad at her though.

P.S. Breeze has never done that. Everyday when I go to see her I call her name and she runs to the gate. She is almost bomb proof and the only time she runs around is if the other horses start bucking and kicking

I am also aware that she is in the copy cat age and another horse that she is with reared a lot.

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She's not a dog. She's not something to "play" with. When you are around her, she needs to be on her best behavior and you running around and allowing you to chase her is not putting you in a dominant position.

You set her up for it. Stop playing with her like she's a pet and treat her like a horse.
     
    11-22-2012, 10:38 PM
  #7
Yearling
I was not letting her 'chase me' I know better, please quit treating me like I know nothing about horses. I have been doing ground work. I was not running around like some of you may think, I was walking around, letting her follow me I only said running around to let you know I was moving around...
     
    11-22-2012, 10:45 PM
  #8
Green Broke
You just said in your OP that you were running around and she was following you..To her, following you is actually chasing you (dominat behaviour) and having you in a submissive position.
I also have a feeling you aren't quite as experienced as you seem to think you are, emphasised by the fact that you had to ask if her rearing and striking out with you was okay. A horse does not distinguish between play and time to stop, especially that young unless you tell her by leaving her to only play with other horses and always being serious around you or humans in general.
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    11-22-2012, 10:48 PM
  #9
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I am sorry that you did not get the responses you wanted. But, when you "turned your back and ran to the gate" you invited her to play with you like another yearling would do. That is exactly what she did.

Have you seen two yearlings play? They rear, hook their front feet over each other's necks, kick each other and bite each other hard. I have yearling fillies and they seldom have fewer than 5 or more bite marks on their bodies any time I go to their pasture.

You want her to always look up to you as the bossy old mare in the pasture and not one of the playful yearlings.

And please, never, never turn your back to a young horse and run away. In her mind, you were inviting her to run and chase you.
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    11-22-2012, 11:00 PM
  #10
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Originally Posted by Breezy2011    
I was not letting her 'chase me' I know better, please quit treating me like I know nothing about horses. I have been doing ground work. I was not running around like some of you may think, I was walking around, letting her follow me I only said running around to let you know I was moving around...
Breezy, there is no need to get defensive here. You have received some valuable advice, and people have only gone by what you posted originally.

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Today when I went out to see her, I was running around, she was following me. Then I ran up to the gate and she ran after me. What concerned me though was when she reared. She lashed out at me. I went to grab her, to put the halter on and she reared again.
This behaviour, as others have explained, is typical yearling play behaviour. You have dealt with her as though you are another yearling to play with.
As cute as it may be, to play with your horse in the paddock, it is very dangerous, even if the horse is not intending to injure you. My own 2 year old still rears and hooks himself over the back of his paddock mates, while biting hard on their necks. I certainly don't want to encourage him to think that he can do the same to me, so since I purchased him as a weanling, he has known that I am nice to be around, but I'm also the boss that he can't play with.
     

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