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post #1 of 22 Old 02-04-2015, 06:28 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy My Horse Is Charging My Car!

Hey Everyone,
I have a 4 year old Mare, Scorpio. She used to be a trail horse. She now roams on 5 acres. The main entrance on the property is at the beginning of the driveway and goes back 900 plus feet and spreads into 5 acres. Her stall is at the very back. When I drive my car down to feed her, she attacks it. No matter what direction or how slow/fast I go, she bites it. She is definitely not scared of it. She will stand in front of it, or behind or beside....no matter what, when I put it in drive, she attacks. She has no respect for me. I'm new to horses minus some trail rides and such when I was younger. I have to drive to get to the back of the property. It's just one big fence around 5 acres. I had to get out this morning and snap the whip to get her to back up. I think I might have a hairline fracture in my forearm from the force of popping it. I never hit her with it, just used it to make her move off. She reared and bucked and I got back in my car and floored it down to the stall. She only stopped when I put more feed out. I then drove back up to the gate...she won't come up if she's eating. I'm sad, discouraged and terrified of her. I'm building a round pen to work on groundwork following Clinton Anderson's instruction. I don't even want to touch her now, but I'm still in love with her. Please, any advice...thank you very much for reading.
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post #2 of 22 Old 02-04-2015, 06:37 PM
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For sure you need to get a trainer out there to help you. If you are terrified, your horse definitely knows it, so your horse is making sure you know it's the boss. You need a massive dose of confidence and knowledge, both of which a good trainer can help you with. Don't mess around with this horse. You could end up very injured or worse. There's no shame in getting help when you need it. And if you do get good help, you could end up with a really great horse.

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post #3 of 22 Old 02-04-2015, 06:56 PM
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I absolutely agree with ecasey. Get a trainer to come out when you are feeding so they can see what you're going through. They will have plenty of insight. She is picking up on your feelings and trying to be herd leader. This absolutely must not happen! Continue with your round pen and get help ASAP! Let us know how it's going.
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post #4 of 22 Old 02-04-2015, 09:28 PM
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Definitely get help. When you are actively afraid of a horse you need help because even using methods like Clinton Anderson, if you're not confident that horse will know.

Second, is she kept alone? In my experience, keeping horses alone can make them more aggressive.
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post #5 of 22 Old 02-04-2015, 11:20 PM
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Agree with the above - don't mean to 'cop out', but for safety's sake, not to mention learning how to gain a fulfilling, respectful relationship with the horse, I do discourage you to 'go it alone', and strongly suggest working with a trainer.

Re the car, sounds like she just sees that as a 'subordinate' too - she tells it to move, and it does! Re the feeding, I'd also consider that perhaps alone in a 5 acre paddock, she doesn't need extra & perhaps too much feed/energy is exacerbating her behaviour.
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post #6 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 12:04 AM Thread Starter
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I'm going to see if I can get a trainer to come over and see Scorpio in action. It won't take but a minute for her to start beating my car up once it's in the gate. I'm taking everyone's advice and work with a trainer. I definitely bit off more than I can chew. Thank you for replying. :)
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post #7 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 12:09 AM
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Good for you! Wouldn't mind and occasional update too. Good luck!
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post #8 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 12:17 AM
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Yes, this sounds like an interesting one. I know what I'd do, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who isn't just busting all over with self confidence and used to bossing dominant horses around.

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post #9 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 12:36 AM
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Hello, I also am a new owner. My horse had been pastured for about 2 years before I bought him. He knew I was stupid about horses and I tried and tried to get him to be my buddy. He did show he loved me but still bossed me around. I had a trainer come out give me a single lesson in lunging and groundwork and I now have (for the most part) a very well behaved horse. Absolutely NOTHING like he was before. I watched more videos on Lunging and I swear all the work on the ground has totally helped. I have ridden him every day since I had the trainer out. I hope your horse ends up being as easy as mine was to convert to a well mannered baby. The only horse interaction I had was 2 weeks when I was 12 at horse camp. I am a total beginner. I am 45 now. Confidence in yourself is everything. Good luck to you!
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post #10 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 02:26 AM
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I have never heard of a horse attacking, biting a car, and especially reacting when you start it up. this is very odd. I wonder if the sound of the engine has anything to do with this.
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