Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Gloucestershire, UK
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I really need some help please =[ sad post.
Sorry for the emotional post, I'm so upset, sat here crying my eyes out.
Got kicked by a horse today. Now, it hurt like billyo, but thats not why I'm sad.
This horse belongs to my OH's mum (known as G from here on in). She's a thoroughbred x from great breeding, bred to be an eventer but never got big enough (shes 15.2). Pretty horse, gorgeous face. However, she's just horrid.
After alot of bad behaviour (ending in her rearing up and over and landing on G), we discovered that she had kissing spines, and gastric ulcers. Both have been treated (she had the ks op), and the gastric ulcers were intenstively treated and now shes on a supplement. However, she's still HORRID.
She pulls faces. She bites. She goes to bite EVERY time you go near her - when you do a rug, feel underneath a rug, brush her, tack her up, give her a feed. When you put a haynet up, her ears are always flat back at you. She totally ignores you when you ask her to move, until you smack her or force her to move, then she bites. She's also recently started waving a leg when you're behind her and annoying her. We've been ignoring it as we never believed she'd kick out. Tonight, I was stood behind her scooping up poo, she waved a leg, I asked her to move her bum and she kicked out. Properly kicked out, thankfully catching much more of the scoop than of me, but painful nonetheless. I screamed at her and you could see from her body language she'd done wrong, but that didn't stop her pulling a face at me again 2 secs later.
I should add that shes not my horse, I just do all the work. G works away during the week, and is barely around on the weekends when she is home. She's too nervous to do much, and is so shy around Dotty that she never struggles with her because she just avoids the teeth and lets madam do whatever she wants.
The horse is better with my OH too, he's very experienced.
I guess I'm just looking for some advice. I am calm around her but I do insist she does what I ask. I don't move away when she goes to bite, and if she does actually connect she gets a smack but not a huge fuss. I struggle to believe that shes just a horrid horse, particularly as she's SO bad with me but less awful to others.
If anyone has any advice, exercises I can do with her, work in the school in hand, work in the box, anything. Please. xxxx