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post #11 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 02:40 AM
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I will just say welcome to the forum and it is good that you get help before you and the horse get hurt or worse

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post #12 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 03:52 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.
Car = food. Not being fast enough. Feed me now!

Sounds as if horse is just treating the car as it would a person it could boss.

Certainly poster needs good help I. Being shown how to deal with the horse.

I will say one thing, I would not have cracked the whip at the horse. I would have cracked the horse with the whip.
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post #13 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 04:14 AM
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Can she be kept in her stall over night? So you can get to her and put her feed out without her lording it over you?

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To shut her away is evading the issue and not going to teach respect at all.

When I went to feed the horses - and the sheep, I used a six wheel ATV as it had a trolley over the back four wheels to hold everything.
The horses and the sheep would hear it coming and would race parallel with me to wherever I was feeding, they might well buck and mess around (horses) but they knw better than to come close.
Sheep, now that is another matter! Get a sack of feed and try tipping that out with a 100 flock all trying to get there first and you know you are going to have trouble keeping your feet!
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post #15 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 09:07 AM
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I agree that the horse isn't actually attacking the car. She's showing frustration and impatience with not getting the feed fast enough. Still need a trainer to come out and help though. I'm anxious to hear of progress!
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post #16 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 12:48 PM
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I will say one thing, I would not have cracked the whip at the horse. I would have cracked the horse with the whip.
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post #17 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 02:28 PM
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Agree you need hands on help and see if she actually needs all the extra food you are giving her or not.

Stop driving the car in the pasture!!

Walk and carry a lunge whip in case she comes at you.

If she does DO hit her and "go after" her (a few steps with aggressive body language to make it clear you are making her move).

You need a place you can handle her outside her pasture and also find a way you do not have to go through the pasture. I really hate it when buildings are inside a pasture for this reason.

I see her going after the car seeing it as a "this person is bigger" type thing. I don't think she likes it and when she makes it move she moves. Personally I would stand outside the car and chase her and when she gets the point "chase her" in the car (very carefully of course). But in your shoes I would just leave it and again, don't drive it in the pasture!!

I also think she is associating the car with getting food and this is just her way of being food aggressive. Thank god it's the car and not you!!

So get a buddy, make sure you aren't over feeding her and hyping up her energy. Avoid the issue- no car in pasture, no horse near car. She will probably redirect her behavior towards you so ALWAYS carry a lunge whip and use it, if possible walk on the other side or close to the fence when possible in case you feel you need to duck out.

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post #18 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 02:30 PM
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To shut her away is evading the issue and not going to teach respect at all.

When I went to feed the horses - and the sheep, I used a six wheel ATV as it had a trolley over the back four wheels to hold everything.
The horses and the sheep would hear it coming and would race parallel with me to wherever I was feeding, they might well buck and mess around (horses) but they knw better than to come close.
Sheep, now that is another matter! Get a sack of feed and try tipping that out with a 100 flock all trying to get there first and you know you are going to have trouble keeping your feet!
It's hard enough with my 12 100lb sheep! I can imagine!

Horses are a lot better once they realize you won't let them. They have such a strong hierarchy once you establish yourself you don't need to deal with things like that, but sometimes that's easier said than done and can be dangerous, hence the hands on help.
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post #19 of 22 Old 02-05-2015, 11:04 PM Thread Starter
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After work today, I picked up two ladies on my street that own horses to help me with feeding Scorpio and for some pointers.
Imagine my surprise when she was running down the street towards my car! My boss had went down to show his son Scorpio, and she ran right out of the gate. It's actually his land that she's on and I warned him at work today that she's becoming aggressive, and is hard to get off the gate. He saw it for himself finally. When I got her three months ago, she was underweight, by about 150 pounds. In the three months that I've had her, she's put on 80 pounds and the vet said she looks good and thinks she'll top out at 750 to 800 pounds. I'm trying not to overfeed her. I'm just trying to get her healthy. One of the ladies in my car jumped out with a short lead that I keep in the front of my SUV, and caught her. She's fine, she got lots of attention in the neighborhood. Once again, another terrifying moment. I just didn't want her to run into traffic which is where she was headed. Thanks y'all so much for your advice and pointing me in the right direction. One other thing, one of the ladies said I need to build her a paddock down by the stall area and that's where she gets to hang out until I learn and I'm able to teach her the right way.
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Glad things worked out OK.
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