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post #1 of 12 Old 08-13-2013, 10:02 PM Thread Starter
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My barn's stalls are all open so the horses are able to stick their heads out. My mare is currently stalled next to another mare that she is always turned out with. In the field they are best friends and get along fine (of course there is the occasional horsey spat). Now, ever since they have been stalled next to each other, they have always "messed" with each other by pinning their ears back and acting like they were going to bite each other. Up until recently they never actually bit each other or did any harm. I would say within the last month this other horse has bitten my horse several times on the face. While I am not exactly happy about this, my main concern has become leading her into her stall...

This other horse will attempt and sometimes actually bite my horse on the rump every single time I lead my mare into her stall. As a result my horse now rushes into the stall to avoid getting bit (which I would probably want to as well). However, I am getting run over and things are becoming more dangerous because she is ignoring me to get into the stall.

I guess my question would be is there anything I can do to train/prevent this other horse from biting my horse or should I focus on telling my horse to ignore the other one biting her and focus solely on me? As of now I do not see switching stalls as a major option but I have not yet sat down and spoke to my barn owner about it (it's a tiny 8 stall barn). In the meantime, does anyone have any suggestions on preventing this until I figure out the stall situation?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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post #2 of 12 Old 08-13-2013, 10:26 PM
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As it's not your horse there is nothing you should do to train it really.

I would go tell your barn manager. Steps need to be taken (by the owner) to fix this problem, whether it be training, putting a screen up on the stall door, or moving the horse to a stall where she can't reach others.

It's not good that your horse runs over you, at the same time I don't think it's reasonable to expect her to stand quietly while being attacked. If it were a bigger space I'd be teaching your horse to keep away from you, but walking through a stall door is very tricky.
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post #3 of 12 Old 08-13-2013, 10:40 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah I realize that it is not my right to train somebody else's horse but I didn't know if there was some method to distract, occupy, etc., the horse when I was taking my horse into her stall.

As far as my horse respecting my space, she is really mindful of me whenever I am with her in any other situation. Whoever owned her before me did a great job! I just didn't know if in this situation I should focus more on her being mindful of my space over running me over in order to get away. ( my only thing is I completely understand her want to dodge a set of teeth! lol) Obviously my safety comes first...

Obviously I need to talk to my barn owner and I won't know the answer until I talk to her but I am afraid she will not want to move my mare. She is extremely picky when it comes to which horse goes where and who they are stalled next to. While I have not asked if she could be moved, I have mentioned that her horse nips at mine and she has said it has never been aggressive and they are just bickering like sisters. Maybe she will finally start to notice the injuries on my mares face and my problem will be taken care of?

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post #4 of 12 Old 08-13-2013, 11:05 PM
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I would talk to the BM/BO. I'd also carry a whip around and run the mare off, but that's just me.
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post #5 of 12 Old 08-13-2013, 11:59 PM
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Maybe you can even ask the owner if its okay smack her nose or run her off with a whip.
I board in a smaller private barn be we all trust each other's judgment when it comes to disciplining for bad behaviors. In fact, we appreciate it.

My horse is very mouthy, he knows his boundaries with me but he WILL take advantage of people. I've told my barnmates(is that a term?) if he gets mouthy to run him off, or if he actually bites to smack him.

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post #6 of 12 Old 08-14-2013, 12:27 AM
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Can you close the top of the stall on the offending horse before you bring your horse past her?

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post #7 of 12 Old 08-14-2013, 12:33 AM
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Can you stand next to the offending horse's head and "send" your horse into her stall, like you possibly would while entering a gated area where you need to close the gate directly behind you?
Then you could chastise the offending horse, or just block her from biting your mare, AND not get run over. :)

Of course, I've never had much time in an actual boarding barn with maybe that's totally impossible. haha

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post #8 of 12 Old 08-14-2013, 12:51 AM
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If all else fails, throw some hay, grain, or treats into the biters stall.
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I don't believe in whacking someone else's horse, but this horse is putting you in danger, so I would whack it.

If the Bo can't move the horse, then I would make this other horse realize that this is not ok.
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post #10 of 12 Old 08-14-2013, 01:44 AM
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I have one of these. The way I deal with it is il get in front of my boy and as we're coming into the barn this moody mare (will stick her great long giraffe neck over her door, ear pinned right back and try and nip him.) So I come through the barn first and wave my arm in her face, she hates it and backs right up, enough so I can get my boy past.

The best way to do it is not to let her see it coming and just spring my arm up at the speed of light. It's the shock that makes her back up.
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