Any tips on what to do with a mean horse. He wasn't always mean. It seems that my little mini that returned home has brought this out in him. I understand pecking order but he seems to be out to get him not just putting him in his place. I think one issue is that their stalls need to be completely divided. Right now he can reach over the top into the mini's stall. None of my other horses in those stalls have been out right mean so it hasn't been an issue in the past. Today he reached over grabed the Mini's (Snappy) forelock and tore out a huge chunck of hair, ouch.
The problem horse is Moonlight, my daughters horse. He is actually being a huge problem in general. He used to be very sweet but has recently turned into Dr. Jekyll. He has always been pushy on the ground but I knew that we could train that out of him. He is getting better in that respect but not yet to the point where I would trust him with my 7 year old. Who's horse he is supposed to be. Then his pawing habit is TERRIBLE. It drives me bananas. I am having a heck of a time trying to figure out how to get that issue out of him. Then the mean streak. He is really getting on my last nerve and I am really considering getting rid of him BUT I love being able to go on trail rides with other adults. It is so nice to call up a friend and take them out on the trails. He is a wonderful trail horse for a beginner. So he has that going for him. He is a follower so he always just tags right along. Has no problem with water or anything else on a trail. Except he is such a follower he cannot lead but Steady and I happily take the lead.
He is my problem child and he is driving me nuts. I was thinking of taking him and Snappy out on a trail together with the thinking that might help them bond a little. I don't know though. I have ALWAYS been able to take a horse and teach them wonderful ground manners. All of my horses have respect for me and my space but they each would follow me like a puppy dog. They all trust me to the point of being able to run at them flailing my hands and they will just stand there (probably thinking "what is with this lady and her crazy fits) So I know I can handle his problems but some of these are new and he is very persistent. He is 8 and we just got him a few months ago so he has been aloud to get away with these things for a looooong time.
I will take any tips on retraining the issues. My advice to all horse owners, don't let your horse walk all over you. You may think you are trying to be nice but you are not doing them any favors. You are creating a life long problem that someone else is going to have to deal with and not all horse people will deal with it in a humane manner. So in the long run you are only hurting your horse.