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post #1 of 4 Old 09-19-2012, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Horse Aggressive Horse Needs Help!

I have a 5 year old QH gelding that is VERY VERY aggressive to other horses!

My mother purchased him as a weanling, she had 6 foals off of him before he was gelded. After gelding him (at age 4) the problems started... Can horses react to anesthesia the same way humans can sometimes?

While he was intact, he was very well behaved. He was always turned out 24/7 with my TB gelding, who is very alpha, but not aggressive. Two weanling geldings, and a boarders arab gelding.

QH stud, was not buddy sour/herd bound and was easily taken away from his buddies to be worked. He was also quiet around the mares while being handled.

After he was gelded, he was turned out in a small turnout area with a shelter for 5 weeks to heal. His friends were all on the other side of the fence to him. After his healing time was up, he one day turned on my TB gelding and they fought brutally. Biting, kicking, chasing. After removing TB gelding, he then turned on my two, two year old, submissive geldings. He chased, kicked and bit them until they bailed through my fencing to get away.

Since these incidents, he has also run through electric fencing to chase other geldings. Hes even jumped into pastures, to fight other horses.

Recently, one of my mares was in season and kept ducking under the electric fencing and coming to visit him. After insistent escaping, we turned her out with him. All was well for a few weeks. Then he turned on her too, and they fought until they went thru my fencing.

QH gelding is now turned out in an arena by himself, and hes not happy... He has hurt enough horses welting them with kick marks, covering them with bites and forcing horses to run fences to escape. I Love QH gelding to bits... But Im sick of this.

However, he is still easy to handle. Leads, ties, luges etc. He is also quiet in his stall, even when leading other horses past him.

Whats going on in his head and is there ANY help for his behavior?

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post #2 of 4 Old 09-19-2012, 07:48 PM
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Wow, he sounds like a hard case. I hope someone can offer you some helpful advice
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When he was fenced separately for 5 weeks the herd dynamics changed. I can't help you with this but often the fighting is to reestablish the pecking order. The stallion's role is to protect the herd, his ladies. He doesn't know that he isn't a stallion nor that the others are geldings, just a male horse who could compete for his mares. Prior to his being gelding he hadn't reached mental maturity which doesnt come until about 5 which could account for his cooperative behaviour. You need to beef up your electric fencing. I sounds like you are running a single wire. You need to run two, a hot and a ground. When a horse hits both it will happen only once. It sounds like your charger's output is below 2000 volts. Check your ground rods and test your fence.

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post #4 of 4 Old 09-20-2012, 09:01 PM
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Unfortunately it is very hard to fix this problem. You can teach a horse to behave and respect people but it is up to the other horses to get the same respect out of him.
I cant guess exactly what happened from what you've said but it may be that something is off with his hormones and he just needs time to adjust. either that or he is trying too hard to establish himself as a leader and or trying to run certain horses out of his "herd".
Stallions can get along quite peacefully with other stallions and geldings so long as there are no mares in the mix AND they are used to it. A common mistake is people feel they need to keep a stud segregated (for obvious safety reasons) but horses are meant to live in groups no matter whether they have balls or not and segregating them can develope alot of socialization issues which can in turn make it nearly impossible to keep them with other horses.
And if there is a mare nearby, those pharamones can make even the gentlest stud go wild on his buddies.
What i would suggest is time. Let him settle in. Maybe put him out with one of your tougher horses AWAY from any mares, beef your fencing up and let them sort it out.

"If a horse fails to do something that is because he was not trained to do it. If a horse fails to do something properly that is because he was not trained properly."
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