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post #1 of 11 Old 07-26-2013, 08:04 AM Thread Starter
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My horse has a problem with my mother!

I own a yearling colt who is pretty placid and friendly with most, and is very good with new people, men or women. However whenever he see's my mum, he always turns him bum on her. It isn't usually in an aggressive manner, he just puts his ears back and turns around. The other day I was stroking and grooming him in the field whist I was waiting for my mum to come round. He had his ears forward and relaxed. But as soon as he heard my mums voice he instantly turned around and put his bum to whichever direction she was approaching us in.
It makes me laugh every time, but don't think my mum is too impressed!

I was just wondering if anyone knew why he does this? And has anyone had a simular situation?

Thanks, Rhianna x
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-26-2013, 10:07 AM
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Have you had him since he was born?
If not it could be that he was not treated particularly well by someone who looked and sounded like your mother.

If that isn't the case, he may simply just not like her! I mean, how many people have you met, and simply not liked them, for no apparent reason? A few I expect. Horses are no different :)
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post #3 of 11 Old 07-26-2013, 10:17 AM
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I bet he just doesnt like her. My cousin is one of my best friends, but all the horses I really love DESPISE her. its comical. One filly my cousin got on trade, and we worked out a deal where I would train her and sell her, she would pay board and vet and we would split the sale price. She was not halter broke at the time. Well, I got her halter broke and used to a saddle and bridle in no time. she was super willing and great to work with. then I asked my cousin to hop on while I led her around. she turned into a bronc in short order!! when she stopped bucking I was holding the lead rope in one hand and my cousins ankle in the other, trying to pull her back on the horse. I was young and determined, so the next day I hopped on, determined to ride her out. and nothing. stood there like an old broke horse. I rode her all over the farm that day, walk/trot, with never so much as a thought of misbehaving. crazy horse.

That doesnt change the fact that you still need to get after them for mis behaving.
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post #4 of 11 Old 07-26-2013, 10:22 AM
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It is your mother is the one who takes you away from him and he know it so he treat her like other horse trying to take his mother ( you ) away have your mother call to him and give him treats that will help also have her stand with you so he see that you both are good people

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post #6 of 11 Old 07-26-2013, 10:42 AM Thread Starter
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Okay thanks for your comments Perhaps i'll get my mum to come down with a bag of carrots one day

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post #7 of 11 Old 07-26-2013, 10:48 AM
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It's not cute for him to swing his but at anyone, especially when he is full grown. Nip it in the bud now!! Let you mom come down and interact with him. When he tries to pull his stunt, correct him.
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post #8 of 11 Old 07-26-2013, 10:52 AM
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In my oppinion, the bribing with carrots thing is a great way to create a monster. Watch a herd of horses, and how they treat each other. A lead mare does not try to bribe an underling with food. They give them a bite or a kick and send them on their way for being rude. That's what the colt needs.
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post #9 of 11 Old 07-26-2013, 11:16 AM
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What Slide said times 100!!

But don't feel bad, Odie & my dad have the same relationship (minus the turning away from him). They just avoid each other and give each other the evil eye, lol

"Just because I don't do things your way, doesn't mean I don't have a clue"
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post #10 of 11 Old 07-29-2013, 12:01 AM
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It's not cute in any way, shape, or form.

It's not just "He doesn't like her" it's more like "He's trying to assert his dominance over her by presenting his rear (and therefore back legs) to her", the next step would be to run backwards and possibly kick out

It is painful and that colt will grow up into a big strong horse that will probably be hard to handle and/or aggressive.

How would you like it if he did it to you?

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