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post #1 of 13 Old 07-12-2013, 08:16 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy One of my horses is very food aggressive with me HELP!

I have an older quarter horse who was abandoned and left in a boarding facility for over a year with nothing but food being thrown at him and now that I have adopted him and brought him home he is so food aggressive he tries to run me down and not even a whip swung at him will slow him down plus his ground manners are terrible and I've been working with him on manners but when it comes to food he is just completely disrespectful and nothing I have tried has worked! Everyone just keeps telling me throw the food over the fence and let it go but I want him to listen when I ask him to do something not just allow this to go on. Any advice or ideas would be great
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post #2 of 13 Old 07-12-2013, 08:19 PM
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Welcome to the forum! I'm sure you will get plenty of advice!
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You need to get a handle on his ground manners before you can help the food aggression. Essentially he sees himself as being in charge..the lead horse..he's the alpha.

Do you have a round pen? Can you use a lunge line? Is he aggressive in any other way other than when you have food?

You need to work him down, make him so tired that standing is about all he wants to do, then, once he has cooled down, offer food. If he gets aggressive, work him again. You want him to think that the only way he is going to get food is if he stands still.

You might want to take a look at some of the trainers out there..Clinton Anderson, Dennis Reis and the like. They all have their techniques to get a horse to respect your space. The other thing to do is look into a trainer in your local area that may be able to help. If you aren't used to handling an aggressive horse you may need help in order to keep yourself safe..which is the top priority.

Once the horse is listening and is being respectful of your space, I think you'll see the food aggression pretty much disappear.
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He is aggressive in other areas he can be very pushy he doesn't respect your space he attacks other animals viciously like my goats, dogs, other horses he has even kicked me and a farrier that refused to ever touch his feet again I have been using Clinton Anderson's way of teaching ground manners and he has gotten better but he still doesn't see me as dominant I have never dealt with such an aggressive horse
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Hmmm... Sounds like a job for a professional. If cracking him with a whip several times isn't working somethings up. And he is attacking your other animals? Yikes, it doesn't sound like a good situation!
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In that case I would look for a trainer with more experience. You need someone who can get after him and MAKE him pay attention. In other words, someone that acts bigger and meaner than he is even if they aren't as big....if that makes sense.

As I said before, your number one priority is your own safety. You can't train a horse if you are hurt. If you don't feel comfortable with what he is doing, then please, get help.
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Yeah cracking him with the whip a few times makes him behave more aggressive I'm looking into a trainer its just hard to get them to come way out in the desert where we are they want me to leave him with them for a few months and I want to be in on the training too and thanks for the help at least I know I'm not over reacting
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I was given an extremely food aggressive mare to train, she was food aggressive for about 2 minutes, an attack on the evil mare with a cornbroom showed her what any kind of aggression will get you towards the Boss Hoss. Next day I could adjust her flysheet while she munched on hay, she kept her eye on me but no aggression.
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How did you attack her with it? Like swinging it her face or whacking her in the body?
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How did you attack her with it? Like swinging it her face or whacking her in the body?
If any horse EVER came at me aggressively with intention I would WITHOUT A DOUBT aim for the face not matter what was in your hands... A rake, bucket, halter, boot.... Your safety is your top priority!
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