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    06-08-2009, 05:57 PM
Angry Agressive twords cows--what to do?

My Fjord mare loves being dominant. Whenever I take her in with cattle and she gets close enough to one she trys everything she can do to attack it. IE: Biting, grabbing, striking, chasing, jumping/lunging at

She's a very good horse with people, but when it comes to other horses/cattle she litteraly trys to kill them. My friend told me to turn her loose with his cow--considering I have barely any experiance with them I did. She chased it, kicked it, tryed grabbing it by the back of the neck, etc.

When she does the coleadero she's generally fine. But if I am playing around and doing (or attempting to do) cutting she does this.

Any experianced cow people out there? Lol
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    06-08-2009, 06:14 PM
Yep, my mustang is the exact same way. I personally hate cattle and let him have at them but I can understand your situation too. One thing you might try is when she starts to get dominant or chase them is do a one rein stop or turn her around and walk away from the cow. I don't really know of a solution for this as I have not really tried to stop this behavior in my horse. Good luck and I hope you find something that works for you.
    06-08-2009, 06:17 PM
She sounds like my mare. She's loves people and to work, but when it comes to animals she could care less. I would recomend turning her out with a herd of cows for a while, and just her so she gets more use to them. Alot of horses that some people train want them to be bity, its just being able to control it that's the hard part.
I haven't worked with cows a whole lot but my other recomendation would be pony her on another horse too for a while, and maybe even try it going through cows. I don't really know how else to help.
My horse has been getting better, she mainly just makes sure they know who is boss then doesn't care about the other horse. I always have to make sure they don't go to her butt though. Good luck, maybe there's someone here that can give better advice.
    06-08-2009, 06:28 PM
Thanks you guys! Yeah, it's kind of a sticky situation lol
    06-08-2009, 06:51 PM
Keep her feet busy, keep her mind active. My stockhorse will bite, snake his neck etc. at cattle if he is bored/still, but when he is working, he gets on with his job and isn't aggressive. I would take a break from cutting for a while, and just work on moving cattle from one point to another, driving in different directions, run the cow for a few strides then come up to the eye and turn it, drop back and let it walk, etc. Make her work hard! Cutting leaves it up to the horse a lot more, which is a perfect opportunity for her to get aggresive. Give her more guidance and directions, and she may settle down to her job and stop the aggressive behaviour.

Just a suggestion, works with my boy :]
    06-08-2009, 06:54 PM
Okay thank you wildspot I will try that !

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