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post #1 of 9 Old 12-19-2014, 10:54 AM Thread Starter
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My horse is acting weird

I have a beautiful friesan cross mare that's being agressive.She pins her ears back when you approach her and tries to bite.If you approach with a carrot she still pins her ears but when she sees it she's fine.It started this week and I don't know why since she's not on her period.
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post #2 of 9 Old 12-19-2014, 11:52 AM
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you posted a thread on this about a month ago. ;)
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post #3 of 9 Old 12-19-2014, 12:12 PM
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I have a beautiful friesan cross mare that's being agressive.She pins her ears back when you approach her and tries to bite.If you approach with a carrot she still pins her ears but when she sees it she's fine.It started this week and I don't know why since she's not on her period.
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she is being aggressive because she is your boss
unless you become the boss -- this behaviour will continue
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you posted a thread on this about a month ago. ;)
I went and looked at the only other post from the OP.... not the same... at all last one the horse wouldn't eat a carrot, this one talks about aggression...
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post #5 of 9 Old 12-19-2014, 01:36 PM
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Mares get periods? Or did you mean in heat?

I think jmike is right, she knows she's boss. What do you do when she pins her ears? Stop? Back away? Run and get the carrot?

When you give her the carrot you are rewarding her for pinning her ears.

When you have a carrot and she pins her ears when you are coming, or if you don't have a carrot, make her move. Make her back up, yield, make her move her feet and act like YOU are boss.

Think in your mind "I'm sick of your attitude, now MOVE IT!"

Do not give her praise or a treat until she does what you want her to do and she stops pinning those ears.

You should probably go work on respect from the ground.
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Mares don't have periods but they can still sometimes get cranky when in season. At this time of year that can often go un-noticed.
There are other things that can cause irritability - such as ulcers & encysted worms which are worth checking for
You'll need to diary if this behavior is a regular thing every so many weeks or if its now a permanent behavior in which case you look for reasons (not excuses)
It could just be that she's become too demanding for those carrots in which case stop giving them or any other treats for a while
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post #7 of 9 Old 12-21-2014, 05:53 AM
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Wink Hum...

My horse does the same! She only does it when I tack up though, other than that she is a total sweetheart! I just give her a tap on the nose with my hand or a smack on the shoulder or neck if she carries on. Basically I don't let her get away with it. I suggest you try this. Tell her who's charge but don't always be cross with her. Let her know your only mean when she's naughty or aggressive!
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I went and looked at the only other post from the OP.... not the same... at all last one the horse wouldn't eat a carrot, this one talks about aggression...
well I feel silly lol.

the only times I come online anymore are very early AM before coffee, or late at night getting into bed - my bad
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post #9 of 9 Old 12-22-2014, 07:19 AM
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Dont give her a carrot if shes being aggressive like that, that just triggers more bad behavior so she can have more carrots. Are you able to put a lead and halter on her? or does she bite?
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