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RickDalton10 04-18-2011 12:37 AM

I'm now afraid
hey guys, yesterday my horse, Simba, charged at me while I was trying to give him a carrot. I don't know why he did but now I'm afraid to go into his stable or even pet him. what do I do?

kayleeloveslaneandlana 04-18-2011 12:41 AM

Well first off how old is this horse? How long have you had him? Is he usually sweet? When you go see him next time you can't be nervous because your horse will feel that, you need to stay relaxed. I say next time you see him have a whip with you but give him a bunch of food and just pet him and brush him. You will have the whip just in case he tries to do something. If he does give him a good whip but don't be nervous. You have to feel powerful so you don't give the horse power. Be careful but like I said just try to do this for a few days and see how it goes.

RickDalton10 04-18-2011 09:03 AM

thanks for the info...Simba is 2 years old and I've had him for about 4 months but he's been staying with my uncle until last week, that's when I took him to our ranch.

kayleeloveslaneandlana 04-18-2011 02:24 PM

Young horses tend to do stupid things. They don't quite know where their brains are and so they do anything they rear, jump in the air, buck ect. Plus you haven't owned him very long so you have connected quite yet. Give him some time to learn some manners.

HollyLolly 04-18-2011 04:20 PM

Has a been gelded yet? Sometimes colts get naughty from all the hormones wizzing around their body. Like Kaylee says, just keep calm, and remain the "Boss Hoss" don't let him take advantage. If he notices a pattern (every time he charges, and you back off from him) he notices, and will start to make the connection, and do it more.

RickDalton10 04-18-2011 09:22 PM

IT WORKED! I dropped by Simba's stable this morning to feed him and as I was leaving he charged at me and I stood my ground, I wasn't sure what he was going to do but he stopped a couple of feet away from me and turned around!

equiniphile 04-18-2011 09:32 PM

No more hand-feeding treats AT ALL with this horse. All treats should be in the bucket while you get this completely sorted out. Like said, stand your ground; horses go in and out of stages like this and just need a reminder when they do these things that it's NOT acceptable.

AlexS 04-19-2011 12:01 AM

My horse charged at me once when I went to feed him. I had a metal feed scoop in my hand, so I threw it at him. He has never done it since.

Horses can kill you if you don't stand up for yourself, and while I would not chose to throw something at a horses head, I would chose that over getting trampled.

EquineLover 04-19-2011 03:31 AM

I've heard (don't know whether it is true) that a horse will never run into you. I suppose this is mostly for charging in the paddock but I don't know. Stand with you arms outstretched and stand your ground.

JamieLeighx 04-19-2011 04:48 AM

Young horses tend to do that. A friend of mine had a 2yr old out of Limmerick , he was so high strung he never run at you but he bucked and kicked out . She just had to be firm with him and he eventually calmed down a bit.
As for the never run into you I dont know if its true but he may turn round and kick you.
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