Learn horse’s bad behavior and vices for the safety of you and anyone who is around your horse.
I’m sure you know that ANY horse can be dangerous without any warning.
Did you know there is a difference between a horse’s bad behavior (also known as stereotypic behavior) and vices?
Can the bad behaviors and vices be corrected? The answer is… both Yes and No!
Horse’s bad behavior and vices are issues that all horses have.
Is the bad behavior, vices dangerous and severe, or just bad horse behavior?
When you learn horse’s bad behavior and vices that will help you better understand the horse and to make a decision on whether you need a trainer or if you can correct the issue yourself or having someone you know help you. Trainers can be expensive, and you usually have to haul and leave the horse with them for months.
Then you have to learn from the trainer what their teaching was used on the horse so you can continue on or else you will waste a lot of time and a lot of money for nothing.
Lastly, the horse is sold because you are not able to correct the horse, and he is given a bad name. Or they sell them with a bad reputation. It’s so sad to see this happen.
Definitions of horses>(1.)bad behavior and (2.)vices.
7 Bad Behavior (Stereotypic behavior ):
Bad behavior is a behavior that is picked up mainly when stalled for long periods of time. It is mostly from boredom and not enough exercise.
- Cribbing or wind-sucking: Clamping their teeth down on an object and sucking in the air.
- Wood chewing: Chewing on wood (caused by boredom or lack of forage in diet). So pay attention to your horse, wood chewing is more natural than you might think.
But he might be lacking in his diet. Not all the time created in the stall. (Not the same as cribbing).
Shifting weight or swaying on front legs from side to side repeatedly.
- Stall walking or box walking:
A horse is repetitively walking around in circles in its stall. You can hang something up for them to play with to occupy them.
Biting or nipping at their flanks (front of their back leg).
Chest or front legs can be from flies or insects biting them and could be sign colic.
- Wall kicking:
Kicking the walls in their stall.
Horses will kick the walls at feeding time because they are very impatient and when they are mad.
Horses will paw at the ground (digging holes)with their front hoof when they are getting ready to lay down,
or when the owner has them stand still for a while in one spot.
Vices are referring to a horse with bad behavior or a horse who misbehaves.
That can make them very dangerous and unpredictable.
Untrained or unruly horses will buck and kick their feet up in the air. Do Not let the horse get away with this at all. Because If you do, then every time you climb on that horse, Your horse will probably buck you off the saddle.
If a trained horse starts bucking, check all the tack equipment to make sure nothing interfering and uncomfortable for the horse.
One of the most dangerous habits for a horse to have. Whether you are riding your horse or standing next to him.
If a horse rears often or starts for no reason that you know of, then take steps to try and stop it from happening before anyone gets hurt.
Make sure all tack is fitting correctly (especially the bit) if that doesn’t fix it. Call a professional that works on horse dental or a vet that can do it.
The reason for this is to make sure your horse is not having any pain from his teeth.
If those two issues don’t solve the rearing problem, then have a professional trainer or handler work with your horse in overcoming the problem.
Kicking can be a natural response from any horse that is experiencing pain or put in a fearful situation.
Often a problem in young horses, correct them while they are young because this is also a dangerous habit if ignored by the owner and allows it to continue.
- Biting or nipping:
Biting or nipping is also common in young horses, again correct the problem while they are young carry a crop and “pop” them on the chest when the habit occurs.
Do not hit their face because it can lead to head shyness.
- There is another way to correct a biting horse, by pinching their top lip with your hand when they reach to bite you. No, it’s not cruel. You don’t want your horse’s teeth to be attached to you. So, therefore, find a way to prevent it.
Biting and nipping are also common in stallions, be sure to correct them right away and every time you see them, so you can try to keep yourself or some else from getting bit.
All other horses may bite or nip if being feed treats out of your hand. Be sure to limit the amount of hand feeding if this becomes an issue.
Striking out with their front legs occurs when new horses meet each other for the first time and determine who is going to rule the other one, or a stallion teases a mare.
Horses will react this way in a trapped, fearful situation. They will sometimes strike out at dogs, too, if the dogs are barking or running the horse.
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Thank You for reading Learn Horse’s Bad Behavior And Vices.
I do hope you return to learn more about horses. Michelle