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post #1 of 5 Old 10-12-2013, 10:18 PM Thread Starter
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Horse is aggressive towards horses being ridden.

Whenever a horse is being ridden near Luca (my gelding), he pins his ears and charges at the horse. This only happens when Luca is not being ridden, just when he's on the paddock.

For example, about a week ago, my sis was riding one of the geldings on a paddock right next to the paddock that Luca was grazing on. Whenever the gelding would trot past, Luca would pin his ears back and charge at the fence. I was scared that he was going to jump it!

Luca does it when: a horse is being ridden on the same paddock as him.
When a horse is being ridden on a paddock next to him.

Luca doesn't do it: when the ridden horse is near and Luca is tied up. When he is too far away to charge properly. When he's being ridden as well.

When Luca is being ridden while another horse is being ridden, he only pins his ears a little when it comes past, but it depends on the horse. He's fine with his best buddy (an older gelding called Syd) but with Fleet (TB gelding) he gets grouchy. But I can easily control Luca when that happens.

So what I'm asking is:
-why is Luca doing this?
-what can I do to stop it?

Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 5 Old 10-13-2013, 01:10 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 5 Old 10-13-2013, 04:10 AM
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If the horse being ridden is ok with whips, smack the crap out of him with a (long lunge whip) whrn you go by if he charges. Just dont get his face.

Or simply don't ride by him. Or tie him on the other side of then pen while the other horse is ridden
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post #4 of 5 Old 10-13-2013, 04:47 AM
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This says to me that when your horse is being handled and ridden he has been taught to respect the rules of the rider/handler, and is generally well behaved. Which is a good thing!

However, when he's turned out he's in "horse mode" and he's probably establishing himself/protecting his land.

I'd stand by the fence with a lunge whip when someone comes riding past, and when he charges to them you chase him back, then return to your fence, doing nothing if he's not doing anything. Get someone to ride past, out of sight, and back again when he settles a few times until he gets the idea.
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post #5 of 5 Old 10-13-2013, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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Alright, I'll try that! Thanks, you guys!

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