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Tuesday, 20 November 2018

3 Reasons Why Your Horse is Being Mean

1.  In Pain

Horse's who are in pain may act aggressively.  This may be towards other horses or towards you.  The best way to tell if it is pain is sudden aggression in horses.  Ulcers can be a common illness that causes horses to become angry.  Another example would be your horse trying to bite you as you tighten the girth.  This could be because your horse is sore on the girth area.  When you are dealing with a mean horse, your first step should be to get him checked by a vet.  If your vet finds and treats an illness that is causing pain, your horse should slowly start being nicer to you!

Grey horse kicking out at a white electic fence in a grass field

2.  Boredom & Frustration

Some horses can become 'stable aggressive' from being stabled fully.  This can easily be solved by just turning your horse out at daytime.  Another huge cause of stable aggression is when forage is restricted.  Horses need to have access to forage at all times so it's really no wonder that they will get angry.

Bay horse with a leather headcollar biting a metal gate inside a barn

3.  Hormones

It is a well-known fact that stallions can be more aggressive than other horses and mare can be mean when they are in season.  If you can keeping a stallion that is not being bred often enough you should think about getting him gelded.  It is not only better for his temperament but also for his mental and physical health!

Obviously, you can't do anything to stop a mare from going into season but you can help her with medicine.  If your mare seems overly uncomfortable and moody there may be a hormone problem which your vet may be able to help with.

A dark bay horse and a skebald horse standing face to face sniffing eachothers noses in a field


I am not a horse trainer or any other equestrian professional.  I only give advice on horsey topics that I have experience as a horse owner in.  Please don't follow my advice without contacting a relevant equestrian professional.