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post #1 of 4 Old 07-25-2014, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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Exclamation Aggressive and dominant issues

Hello,
I really need some help and was wondering if anyone could give me some advice. I brought a 5 year old gelding about 2 months ago and at the start he was an angel, loved attention, would follow me around for hours, would happily stand in the paddock while I groomed him. I have now brought him home and I have a 4 year old mare as well, they get along like a house on fire, but ever since they have been together I am slowly losing my boy. it has got to the point now where he terrifies me, if I go into the paddock he will charge at me, if I try to pat him he will pin his ears back and start shaking his head at me, I've tried so many different things and I have now hit rock bottom. I don't know how to get my loving boy back and it hurts because I know he wants nothing to do with me, I can't even attempt to go anywhere near him as he turns on me so fast. please any advice would be greatly appreciated. thank you in advance!
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post #2 of 4 Old 07-25-2014, 09:08 AM
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You need to get a trainer to help you.

He does not respect you and does not view you as a leader. I would also separate the two of them, his dangerous behavior will prevent you from being able to do anything with the mare. When you do have to deal with him use a training stick to keep him out of your space, and don't be afraid to use it.

You really need a trainer though that deals with behavior issues, and can help understand herd dynamics, to work with you and the horse. He has your number and continuing to try and work with him is going to get you hurt, please be safe and get some help.
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post #3 of 4 Old 07-25-2014, 12:23 PM
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I agree the horse has zero respect for you and you do not have the experience to deal with this on your own. If you did then this would never have escalated to this point.

I agree to separate them for the moment and preferably with more than a fence between them or they could be standing near each other and he still turn on you.

Personally, and I have plenty of experience, I would go I to the field with a lunge whip and the moment he so much as looked at me in a mean way he would get that whip wrapped around him so hard and fast that he would run away to the far corner of the field and for that moment, forget about the mare.

Please get a trainer in to help you and explain what you have to do to get to be the herd leader.
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post #4 of 4 Old 07-25-2014, 12:33 PM
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the fact that he started so nice when you got him and went down hill so fast says is a handler problem, not a horse problem. He sounds like a dominant type that was well handled, and has since learned that you are not worth respecting. Every interaction now is reading like a disrespectful intrusion on your part. Get help before he hurts you.
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