REALLY annoying mare... what to do?
Ok, Hermosa generally is perfact when she's on trail but now she has picked up this new bad habbit. How my horses get some of these strange habbits, dont ask. Between what mr toad used to do and now what hermosa DOES I have some devilish caballos.
Ok heres the problem:
My friend and I like to go out on trail together. She rides my horse Que Pasa and I take Hermosa. Hermosa is generally in front--constiantly looking back to see if QP is paying attention or not. Now, I know I sound crazy, but--When que pasa isnt paying attention EX: Looking around, snorting, etc, Hermosa tucks her butt and pretends to spook. --This is when the fun begins. Que Pasa then goes into panick mode and hermosa sits there and just watches. Its a very annoying and dangerous habit that hermosa has picked up just for shivs n giggles.
She does this about 10 times per hour trail ride.
She wont do it if im dancing her--she prefers to dance and doesnt want to walk, but some days I like to walk. So to get back at me/for amusement she does this.
Back to manners. If the horse is misbehaving and concentrating on the other horses, you don't have it's respect and attention.
Go back to ground work so the horses learns to focus on you.
Does she want to be in front? What happens if you ask her to stay behind the other horse? It kinda sounds like she is unconfident to be in front (because she's checking for the other horse, which could be a sign on insecurity) and if the other horse has a reaction to anything it makes her spook b/c she's already on edge. And what do you mean when you said "she won't do it if I'm dancing her?"
She does the same thing when behind and then tried to rush the other horse/bite, etc. She WANTS the other horse to spook.
When I go out alone, shes FINE ive taken this mare everywhere.
When shes dancing when theres another horse with her, she could care less. But when she's not dancing she wants to spook other horses. :???:
Some days I want to smack that D*** mare on the neck.
What are you meaning when you say she's "dancing"?
Yea, horses don't think like that. By dancing do you mean jiging?
dancing = charro
I'm assuming she probably has some tells before she does this? If so, when you start to feel them maybe push her forward, backward, make her dance etc. Either way I would ask very aggressively and have the cue act as a reprimand. That way you discourage the behavior and get her focused somewhere else. I really doubt she is maliciously plotting this out to terrorize the other horse, she probably just figured out how to pull one over on you or something.
I agree with the others. Horses aren't going to try and screw with the horses around you. Of course, she may have realized that she can get out of work with you. Focus her energy in a different direction and get her paying attention to you. If she does spook, drive her forward. When she calms down, praise her. Don't make a big ordeal out of it, and don't anticipate that she is going to spook.
I know where it started but I dont understand this big up her butt to do this because it is annoying. She only does this with Que Pasa and Finesse--never other horses.
Maybe she jus doesnt like them?
I dont make a big deal out of it, i dont do anything except for say what the heck.. and when she gets away with it it gets worse even though she's not really spooking. Its the stupidest thing ive ever seen lol
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