After coming down on my face last week he was moved sharpish to a field all by himself in the middle of nowhere, I have done 120 miles since sunday just to feed him. Anyway, I havn't enjoyed this week, for starters I hate the thought of him being out and all alone and I find it scary dealing with him knowing that if anything happens no one would know for hours.
Then, today I went up unpadlocked the gate and went in, the food room is at the end of the shelter about 10 metres from the gate but every time I took a step he tried to block me, shaking his head around and trying to bite me, so I made my self big and shoved at his shoulder and shouted NO..... he reared!!!!!!!!
I went back to the car and bawled!!!!
I am going to buy more food and go back up tonight and put it over the gate.
I cant remember the last time I felt this sad, useless, angry, upset, and I just dont know what to do next......
Oh no. That sounds awful. It sounds like he is testing his boundaries, unfortuantely hes doing it in a scary way! Avoiding it may make it worse as he knows he can get away with it.
Do you have someone who is experianced with youngsters or horses in general who can come up and help you deal with him, might be better/safer with two tackling the problem????? Not sure what else to suggest but I'm sure you will be shaken up so hope you are okay.
Thank you BC, Kelly Marks book on Perfect Manners is never more than a foot away from me at the moment. I live near Humberside Airport and Finn is currently in Caistor. An RA sounds interesting what does he do? Are we talking loads of money? I need to get this sorted it is on my mind constantly.
if hes on his own in a field he will be using you as a play substitute.. horses need to play - like kids really, and if no other horses are around they will usually end up trying to play with their owners.
my big lad vinnie is coming 3 and will do as you have described, hes trying to direct your movements as to say - im moving you, as in the wild the leaders move the other horses.
iv got the kelly marks book and good they are but it really doesnt give you any guidence to dealing with young pushy horses that are in fields etc...
you COULD try - now wait for me getting shot down..... parelli, it may cost a bit to get the inital equipment BUT what price can you put on your life and gaining a bond with your horse???
when your horse is trying to block your path, the driving game would really help you, you can carry on walking and drive his head and neck out of your way, or his whole body with your carrot stick.
my boy is 16hh and him rearing and trying to bite you isnt funny! its naughty and he knows not to, i can usually make him think twice by wiggling my finger at him.. yes wiggling my finger, he would stop and shake his head and walk off as if to say '******!'
We did try him with a shetland for company but Finn was too mean to him.
My daughter and I went back to his field at tea time, he stood happily getting a scratch from me at the gate while she went in and sorted his tea he then stood perfectly while she put his head collar back on (its a fieldsafe). "Oh well Mum at least you know its only you he's funny with" she says!!!
Garry Bosworth is my nearest RA - and its my birthday soon
thanks for all your advice/thoughts I was feeling really rubbish
ohh we had this with our horse he was in field with the ponies and older horses was getting as you described cow kicking @ us and stuff because he wanted the grass outside his field gate and was bossing the other smaller older ponies about so so he was moved to the geldings fiels within a week of horses going out for summer and he got put in place by the older horses learnt some manners in respect of personal space and we also for a few weeks used his lead rope round his nose applied light pressure when he went for grass on the verges etc on way to stable and released pressure when he listen or walked on but putting him with older horses was the thing that did it i know you have a colt and may not be possible till he cut but thats what we did under expert guidance it was scary for us putting him with the grown ups but he was fine