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Notched ear - Savaging
Annette Jacobs email@example.com
I am a big time Lurker, & now I need some help. In my search
for an endurance mount, I came across a 10yr old Arab gelding
that I really like build & movement wise. The owner has had him
for 10 months & this is her first horse. Prior to that he was on
a lesson string, where she fell in love with him. Shortly after
bringing him home, he started to be "too much" horse for her.
I have had horses for over 20 years, & have broke about 10,
including Arabs & Mustangs, so I was not too put off by this
behavior, as she described it.
When I went to look at him, he had not been out of his 24x24 pen
for 3 weeks. The owner refused to lead or groom the horse. The
first thing I did was turn him out to see his movement. When I
tried to send him away.... he kicked at me. Not an OH BOY I GET
TO PLAY KICK..... but a skr*w you kick. I yelled at him &
waved my arms & off he went. After a couple of laps he came
into the middle of the ring to me, or I should say on top of me.
Again I waved my arms & backed him off. Startled the heck out
of him. I hit him in the chest a couple of times (with an open
hand) & made him back up away from me. Later, as I was leading
him up to get saddled, he shouldered me & almost knocked me down.
I yelled again & hit his chest & he backed right off.
Groomed & saddled him & he was skitish, but fine. Very mouthy,
but he didn't bite.
He rode like a dream.
To make a long story short (too late) I now have the horse on a
30 trial. I brought him home yesterday. Today he bit me. Not a
"nuzzle for a treat-oops nip" but a straight out chomp on my
wrist as I was leading him.
Originally, I thought most of his problem was poor handling &
lack of work. I figured I would work with him for a month & see
what I get. Now with all the posts on the horse savaging....
Am I crazy? Any guesses on my odds of making him a sweet boy? To
his credit, he has not re-tried any bad boy behavior, once I have
disciplined him for it, but I can tell the wheels are turning &
I am very careful.
Did I mention this horse has a notched ear? Actually, it looks
like a split, about 3/4 of an inch on the right ear, at the very
top. Is this where/how hostile horses are marked? I have never
heard of this. I figured he had gotten in a tussle with another horse.
Thanks for any advice....
Annette (75 LD miles over 20 years)
PS. he is very sweet to my gelding in the pen next door.
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