I'm going to punch this horse in the face.
Okay so I don't know what my gelding's deal is today but he bit me for the first time, attempted to kick me in the round pen, and then when I was grazing him, he took off after turning and kicking me right in the hip. Could barely walk to catch him, felt like someone had taken a baseball bat and hit me as hard as they could. When I managed to get over to him and limp him into the round pen, I worked him to a sweat until he dropped his head and chewed and then cooled him out and put him away. I'm so frustrated with him. I can't even trust him. My confidence with horses has really dropped since I got him.
Are you the one with the mounting issue as well? How he would bolt when you try to mount him?
If so, and you said that there is nothing bothering him (saddle fits, he's healthy, etc.) then it sounds like somebody has some major attitude issues, and needs a big adjustment.
I'm sorry dear. I don't really know what to tell you. Is there anybody who can come out and help you with him?
It sounds like he obviously just needs to learn who is boss, that just because he's bigger doesn't mean he's in charge.
Yep, well he doesn't bolt when I try to mount him, he just won't hold still for me to get on him. I agree, he just needs an attitude adjustment. I would love to hire a trainer, I just cannot afford one.
how old is he?
For the biting:
No more treats by hand! That is sometimes a major cause of it.
Watch out for body language, they will always give some type of sign before kicking. If you see what you think is a sign send him away and make him work.
I'd say if you can afford it, get a trainer for him. If not than defiantely find a good lesson instructor to help you two
I'm sorry. That sucks mucho, hun. Be sure to ice that hip! First, if this outburst was out of character (your post makes it sound like this is the case), he might be feeling sick. When Cirrus (the sweetest horse in the world) colicked this week, he kept trying to bite me as I walked him around because he didn't feel well and didn't want to walk etc. It was VERY out of character, because he felt like crap. But, if he's not sick or hurting, then I would roundpen him every day until his attitude turns around. No riding, no fun, only roundpen. Keep us posted!
Keep working at it. Do you have a good friend that can come out and help you with him. One that knows ALOT about horses.
I'd like more info on what led up to this attack in the round pen. Were you doing ground work? Trying to saddle him? How has your relationship been in the week leading up to it?
What does the horse do when he sees you coming? Will he come up up to you normally, or is he hard to catch? How old is he?
Please don't punch him in the face. Slug him in the ribs maybe, as direct self defense, but not in the face.
SonnyWimps: I won't be giving him any more treats by hand, that's for sure. He's four years old. And I saw no signs of him about to kick me. One minute he was happily grazing and then next he spooked or something and kicked me as he was taking off.
steph: that's a good idea since I'm too nervous to ride that booger right now anyway. I feel I deserve some respect from him. I've never done anything for him to not trust me or anything like that.
FehrGroundRanch: I think I'm going to ask the guy who owns the little place I keep him at to work with him, he already said he would.
Tuffy'sTreatMan: Okay this is what happened when he attemptd to kick me in the round pen while we were free-lounging. He was just trotting along the rail and decided he wanted to change directions without me telling him to. So I blocked where he wanted to run and snapped the lounge whip on the ground (like I always do) to tell him to go back the other way and when he turned back around he kicked up at me and I could definately tell it was a kick at me and not just in the air... which he's never done anyway just because I tell him to go back the way he was supposed to. Nothing different has really happened this week different than usual... just hanging out, brushing him lots, playin' with him, stuff like that.
When he see's me coming up to his run, he'll walk up to me just fine and when I go to get him from the pasture, he sometimes walks up to me or sometimes I just walk up to him but he never runs from me. He's four years old.
Lol I was just kidding, I'd never punch him in the face, he's headshy enough as it is.
Do you think maybe it's the weather? It's been chilly the last couple of days... but still, I've never seen him act like this and he isn't showing any signs of illness.
Another question: When I was working him in the roundpen after he kicked me and after he was pretty tired, he basically stopped listeing to me, no matter how much I cracked the whip. Any tips for that? I even swatted his butt with it and that got him going but then ten steps later he had his head back over the rail....
How often do you work him in the round pen?? I was working my gelding who is 5 but is just being started 6 days a week at first but for only for 20-30 min. He got tired of things fairly quickly and bored. Maybe that is your geldings problem??
Well when I'm working him in the round pen, I really don't work him very long but tonight I was so mad that I made him sweat, I did give him a few breaks to catch his breath.
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